The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 26, 2012
Richard Riordan drops L.A. measure targeting city pensions

Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan has dropped his push to put a measure to cut pension benefits for city employees on a spring ballot.

The Los Angeles Times reports that spokesman said in a statement that the mayor did not feel he could meet the late December deadline for collecting the voter signatures needed to qualify the measure.

The statement said Riordan would explore other options "to accomplish the goal of pension reform."

"I ask the mayor, the city council and union heads to work with me over the next several months to save the city from bankruptcy and drastic cuts to public services," Riordan said.

Click here to read the full Los Angeles Times report.

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