SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Three former presidents of the San Diego Police Officers Association are not allowed to use their union salary in calculating their city pensions, according to an appellate ruling announced Wednesday by the City Attorney's Office.
The appellants -- Garry Collins, Harry Eastus, William Farrar and the SDPOA -- claimed they were promised by city officials that they could use their union salaries when computing city retirement benefits even though they were accrued while on leave from the SDPD. They said the city followed that practice since 1989.
Their claims were denied last year by San Diego Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor, who found that such agreements conflicted with the City Charter, which says benefits can only be granted by ordinance. The judge's position was supported last Friday by a three-judge appellate panel.
"Through this and other recent decisions, both trial judges and appellate justices have been consistent in enforcing the terms of the San Diego City Charter on pension matters," said City Attorney Jan Goldsmith. "The message is clear that our City Charter must be followed."
Hundreds of statewide faith leaders will march Saturday afternoon to the Otay Mesa Detention Center, where they will protest immigration policies that separated more than 2,300 children from their parents.
A 325-acre blaze burning at Camp Pendleton Saturday was described as a ``training fire'' by a base official.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped today for the 16th consecutive day, decreasing nine-tenths of a cent to $3.697.
A crash on an Oceanside freeway Saturday morning left two cars on their roofs and sent one person to a hospital, a fire official
Cooler weekend for the County due to a low pressure trough moving through the Great Basin. Weak and shallow marine layer may still be slow to clear.
A stretch of road in National City was shut down briefly after a large crowd took to the streets to celebrate the Mexico national soccer team's 2-1 victory over South Korea today in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The San Diego Humane Society today urged residents to volunteer their homes as foster spaces for the influx of animals typically lost after Fourth of July.
A man was critically injured Friday night when he chased a ball into the street and was hit by a car.
Clayton Richard pitched three-hit ball over six innings for his fourth consecutive win and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Friday night.
A powerful show of support for migrants being held in detention facilities has hundreds of interfaith leaders gathered Friday night for a vigil and demonstration at the border.