San Diego City Council Votes to Invalidate Prop B Pension Reform Initiative

What to Know

  • Prop B was passed by San Diego voters in 2012 affecting all city workers except police officers.
  • The then-mayor bypassed employee unions and put the pension reform on the ballot to let voters decide.
  • The Public Employment Relations Board issued a ruling in December 2015 saying that violated state labor law.

The San Diego City Council voted Monday to invalidate the Proposition B pension reform initiative.

The closed-door session vote was 6 to 3 with Councilmembers Mark Kersey, Chris Cate and Scott Sherman rejecting the proposal.

The voter-approved Prop B replaced pensions with 401K retirement plans for all new city employees except police officers.

The California Supreme Court ruled in August that Prop B was placed on the 2012 ballot illegally.

In March, a state appeals court ordered San Diego to financially compensate about 4,000 city employees, who don't have pensions because of the measure.

The court said the financial compensation for the workers must be the difference between the value of a pension and the value of the 401K-style plans, plus seven percent interest.

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