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SDCERS case to be heard in San Diego Superior Court

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An appellate court panel ruled Thursday that litigation over the funding of retirement benefits by the city of San Diego and its workers should be heard in San Diego Superior Court.

The lawsuit by the city demands that the San Diego City Employees Retirement System enforce a City Charter clause that says the city and its workers need to make "substantially equal" contributions to the debt-ridden pension system.

A lower court had granted a motion by SDCERS and public labor unions to change the venue to Los Angeles, but three judges of the California Court of Appeal 4th Appellate District ordered the case returned to San Diego -- a victory for the city.

"It is time to put an end to the procedural maneuvering and let this important case move forward on the merits," City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said.

The defendants claim that Goldsmith is trying to change decades-long practices by city and pension officials.

The pension system's debt is estimated by city officials to be at about $2 billion.

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