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Pension reform group files initiative

 

A group assembled by former council member Lee Duboc has filed a statement of organization with the city of Menlo Park, disclosing details of a ballot initiative aimed at changing the pension system for new city employees.

Filed by treasurer Ned Moritz on Wednesday, Jan. 27, on behalf of a committee called "Citizens for Fair and Responsible Pension Reform," the initiative would increase the retirement age for new, non-police employees from 55 to 60 years of age. It would also decrease the pension payments those employees receive.

"This is not a right, left or central issue," Mr. Moritz wrote in a post on The Almanac's Web site. "It affects everyone who pays taxes. ... The reality of our broken economy and the reality of the CalPERS pension investment trust needs to be addressed quickly."

This represents the first formal action the group has taken toward putting the initiative on the ballot. It formed in response to a call to action Ms. Duboc sent to her constituents in an e-mail.

The initiative would not affect current employees.

City Attorney Bill McClure is reviewing the filing, to verify whether it meets legal standards. If the group collects enough signatures to put a measure on the ballot, it would go before voters this November, according to Ms. Duboc.

A more detailed story will run in the print edition of the Feb. 3 Almanac.

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