The [state] agreement also is expected to provide a template for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to follow for his city, which for years has paid far less into its retirement system than needed to keep it solvent. City payments to local pension funds are set to more than double to nearly $1.1 billion starting in 2015. Mr. Emanuel has warned that if changes aren't made, the city will face a combination of property-tax increases and cuts in services, equating the scheduled increase to the cost of having 4,300 police officers on the street.
Labor officials excluded from the talks found out about the eventual Wednesday breakthrough from reporters.
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“I think it’s going to be difficult,” said Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, a member of the pension conference committee and supporter of labor’s arguments in pension talks. “I’m uncomfortable they didn’t have a seat at the table when they’re the people who’ll be impacted by this.”
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— Faulconer for Mayor (@Faulconer4Mayor) November 20, 2013
County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu has adjusted downward his original voter turnout projection of 50 percent to 44 percent. Although comparable to the percentage in the city’s last special mayoral election in 2005, political observers doubted turnout Tuesday will be that high.Republicans are also outperforming on returning mailed in ballots, with 46% of returned ballots coming from Republican registered voters. It is too much to hope that Faulconer, whom I endorsed, would break 50% and avoid a run off. I think turn out would have to be very low, except among Republicans for that to happen.
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“If you don’t want to pay the fee ... don’t create low-paying jobs,” lectured Councilman David Alvarez.
. . . both sides agreed that the fee increase does little to fill a large affordable housing void in San Diego. The city has a waiting list of about 45,000 people for affordable housing, but has lost $34 million per year due to the elimination of redevelopment agencies and federal and state budget cuts. The current linkage fee generates about $2.2 million per year.