Back in 2010, Jeff Adachi’s measure to reform city workers’ pensions and benefits went down in flames, mostly due to the tireless campaigning of union members against the measure.
At the time, the non-partisan think-tank SPUR recommended a yes vote on that measure, saying it would create “reasonable and modest changes” to city workers’ compensation while ensuring the continuation of good government.
That was so 2010.
Now that there are two competing pension reform measures on the ballot, Adachi’s is out and the “consensus” measure is in.
While they have yet to explain their position in much detail, the group did post a small synopsis of what each measure would do on its website. See the difference?
Proposition C: City Retirement and Healthcare Benefits
Charter Amendment that would increase employee pension contributions, increase retirement ages, require employee contributions to the Retiree Health Care Trust Fund and change the composition of the Health Services System Board.
SPUR position: YES
Proposition D: Retirement Benefits for City Employees
Charter Amendment that would reform the funding of city employee pension and retiree healthcare through increased pension contributions, increased retirement ages and limiting the annual pension for new employees.
SPUR position: NO