Four years after voters closed the city’s public employee pension system, every candidate for City Council District 9 says the city should give pensions to at least some new city employees.
One of them even offered a path to reinstating them that he was later forced to retract.
Proposition B, the 2012 ballot measure, froze the pay the city considers to calculate pensions for existing city employees for five years. It also ended guaranteed retirement benefits for new hires.
Now, some city employee representatives blame that proposition for city hiring problems. In particular, a shortage of 911 dispatchers has prompted new discussions about the wisdom of austerity, though it’s unclear if a pension and better pay alone would solve those problems. Critics say that the city can’t compete with neighboring agencies like the county or city of Chula Vista when dispatchers qualify for the job.