SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Trial for a lawsuit that Mayor Bob Filner wants the City of San Diego to drop has been postponed from next month to July, the San Diego City Employees Retirement System announced Tuesday.
SDCERS said Judge Joseph Zimmerman scheduled the trial date for July 9 in San Diego Superior Court.
City Attorney Jan Goldsmith filed the lawsuit to seek a judicial ruling on the meaning of a clause in the City Charter that says the municipal government and its workers are to make a "substantially equal" contribution toward their retirement.
Goldsmith contends that the SDCERS interpretation of substantially equal has cost the city tens of millions of dollars annually for years. The pension system's deficit as of last June 30 was estimated at almost $2.3 billion.
Filner and SDCERS Board of Administration President Herb Morgan held a news conference Friday to demand that Goldsmith and the City Council drop the lawsuit.
Filner called it "a loser" based on comments by judges in previous court hearings. Since the city covers SDCERS legal expenses, San Diego was suing itself -- to the tune of $3.2 million over three years, the mayor said.
Goldsmith said the pension board and labor unions have been lobbying to get the case dropped.
One person was killed Friday in a crash involving a motorcycle on northbound Interstate 5 in Carlsbad.
Covet Canyon, a paramilitary training camp in the East County, is in financial trouble after the owner defaulted on property payments. Owner Marc Halcon has 90 days to make good on the debt or the 160 acre property could fall into foreclosure and auction.
Spencer Abbott had two goals and two assists after missing two games and Eric Fehr scored twice in his debut with the San Diego Gulls in an 8-3 victory over the Tucson Roadrunners Friday night.
On Friday, a fourth woman came forward with disturbing allegations of sexual assault by a San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Angry Poway Unified School District parents on Friday packed the sidewalk calling for a local teacher to be fired after sending inappropriate text messages to a teenage student.
The unemployment rate in San Diego County dropped to 3.7 percent last month from 4.1 percent in September, according to state figures released Friday.
Black Friday is a week away, but many retailers are now making you wait. This year, companies are offering discounts the entire week leading into Black Friday. News 8's Eric Kahnert reports on some of the goods you can get during Black Friday "week."
A sea of pink will travel through San Diego starting Friday for the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day. The 60 mile journey kicks off early Friday morning and ends Sunday evening at the final destination – the celebratory Closing Ceremony.
Camp Pendleton and Naval Base San Diego have among the highest rates of sexual assaults reported to the military among Marine Corps and Navy bases worldwide, according to a Department of Defense report released Friday.