Pension Reform Initiative Overcomes Second Lawsuit

Judge Steven Denton ruled that the initiative won't affect the "structure" of city government

By Gene Cubbison
|  Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012  |  Updated 3:15 PM PDT
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Bid to Halt SD Pension Measure Fails

Boxes of signatures in support of pension reform stacked at the San Diego City Clerk's office on Sept. 30, 2011.

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Second Case Against Pension Measure Fails

A lawsuit filed by lesser-known mayoral candidate Hud Collins was denied Wednesday, Mark Mullen reports. Collins' provision claimed that the Comprehensive Pension Reform initiative required more formality, discussion and deliberation than the iniative process would have allowed.

Bid to Halt SD Pension Measure Fails

Councilmember Carl DeMaio and San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith react to the recent courtroom challenge that will allow residents to vote for pension reform. Gene Cubbison reports
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A second legal challenge to San Diego's "Comprehensive Pension Reform" initiative was rejected today by yet another Superior Court judge.

The lawsuit, filed by mayoral candidate and attorney Hud Collins, claims the measure is a major revision to the City Charter, and can't be put on the June ballot by way of petition signatures.

But Judge Steven Denton ruled that the initiative won't affect the "structure" of city government, so it's a valid amendment to the charter.

On Tuesday, Judge William Dato dismissed a challenge by state labor regulators to disqualify the measure on grounds that city officials violated labor laws in crafting and promoting it.

“Two legal wins in the span of one week demonstrate the legal rigor of the pension reform initiative,” said mayoral candidate and Councilmember Carl DeMaio in a statement.  

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