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San Diego Ex-Mayor Jerry Sanders' Tactics Ruled Illegal

The Starting Line – Strike Two for the Sanders’ Mayoral Legacy: Pension Proposition Was Illegal:

An administrative judge with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) ruled that former Mayor Jerry Sanders violated state labor law by failing to offer unions the opportunity to negotiate on pension issues prior to launching a ballot initiative.

If you read the transcript from the PERB ruling, you’ll discover a narrative about a Mayor working hard to do an end run around the law, motivated by political pressures generated from the moneyed downtown crowd. The document describes a March meeting where representatives of the Lincoln Club and the SD Taxpayers Association basically dictated to Mayor Sanders what his course of action needed to be.

The premise that Proposition B (the pension reform initiative) was a grassroots measure blessed by Citizen Jerry Saunders is exposed as a complete falsehood. City resources and personnel were used time and time again to promote this amendment to the City Charter. And that was illegal. Read the full article from the San Diego Free Press here.

State Agency Rules Against San Diego’s Pension Reform Initiative:

An administrative law judge with the state’s Public Employment Relation Board, or PERB, has ruled San Diego leaders should have negotiated with labor unions on eliminating pensions before taking the issue to the ballot. Several leaders supported a signature gathering process that put pension initiative on the June 2012 ballot. Several labor unions filed a complaint with PERB and a court eventually ordered the city to go through PERB'S process before taking it to the courts. Read the full article from KPBS here.

Ruling puts SD pension overhaul in doubt:

Former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders violated state labor law by taking a proposed pension overhaul directly to voters rather than first negotiating the plan with employee unions, according a ruling by an administrative law judge with the Public Employment Relations Board.

Four employee unions filed a labor complaint with PERB early last year, accusing Sanders of illegally circumventing state labor law by crafting Proposition B as a citizens’ initiative and then using the power and influence of his office to gather signatures on its behalf. Read the full article from the U-T-San Diego here.

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