The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 6, 2012
Poll: What do the pension votes in San Diego and San Jose mean?

Some 60 percent of State worker blog users correctly predicted yesterday that voters in San Diego and San Jose would approve pension reform measures that roll back benefits for those cities' employees.

But what to make of the vote? Dave Low, who chairs labor coaltion Californians for Retirement Security, said in a statement last night that both measures won on the strength of heavy spending by proponents.

Pension reformers are claiming both wins as part of a soul-crushing trend for unions and a sign of bigger things to come. Marcia Fritz of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility, sent this spreadsheet of local pension reform ballot measures in California since 2010. The numbers indicate that 18 of 20 such measures have passed with an average 65 percent of the vote.

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Jon Ortiz The Author

Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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