SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The City Council Monday approved changes to retiree health benefits for members of the San Diego Police Officers Association, the last union to sign on to a sweeping reform measure expected to save the city more than $700 million over 25 years.
When the city's other worker bargaining units agreed to the 15-year deal last month, the POA remained a holdout because its leaders were considering whether to appeal a legal ruling on the subject. They eventually decided to drop their lawsuit and sign the deal.
Getting rid of old lawsuits was "one less thing we have to worry about" so city leaders can look forward in solving budget issues, Councilman Kevin Faulconer said.
The city will save money because employees will start contributing to their benefits package, which was offered to workers hired before July 1, 2005.
Before the agreements were put in place, projections showed exponential growth in the city's required future payments as enrolled employees retired, cutting into dollars available for public safety and other services. The new agreements slow the pace of that growth, resulting in a total savings in 25 years of over $700 million, according to Mayor Jerry Sanders.
The deal was approved by 97 percent of POA members, according to the union.
The City Council passed it 6-2, with Carl DeMaio and Lori Zapf dissenting. DeMaio said recent court victories should have been used as leverage to negotiate deals even more financially favorable to the city.
Adam Shacknai was on the stand Monday, as testimony continued in the wrongful death lawsuit of Rebecca Zahau.
Monday was a special day for some local students. They were sporting new school shirts which they got to design themselves, all thanks to the Larry Himmel Neighborhood Foundation.
A motorist lost control of her car on a South Bay street Monday, sending it crashing into four other vehicles before overturning and coming to rest upside down in the roadway.
Jurors deadlocked Monday in the retrial of an oft- deported Mexican citizen accused of driving drunk and causing a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a 6-year-old boy in San Ysidro.
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Caltrans is undertaking a six-week experiment on eastbound state Route 78 in Vista to study whether getting motorists to slow down could actually speed up their commute.
A warming trend that began Sunday in most of San Diego County will continue Monday with dry and warmer weather expected to continue until the middle of this week.
The San Diego Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a program intended to reward officers for making drug arrests.