This November the Comprehensive Pension Reform ballot measure qualified in the city of San Diego. It is believed that the measure will easily win voter support come election time, but labor is sure to put up a spirited fight in the meantime based on how heated just the qualification process became. The petition drive was billed as the most aggressive and contested in San Diego history. You’ll recall that the measure would switch most city workers to a 401(k) model instead of city-administered pensions; in addition, it would implement a five-year salary freeze for current workers and a cap on future police pensions.
Supporters of the reform point out that the measure could provide a national model for pension reform and that all eyes will be on San Diego to watch the outcome of the controversial measure.
Reason TV released the following video/interview with measure proponent and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio and a local writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Both advocate for its passage: