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California Mayors Fight Pension Powers That May Cut Costs

A group of California mayors is opposing a pension-reform referendum that would empower them to reduce expenses while risking their support from unions.

The statewide measure, offered by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, would give local officials authority to reduce future pension benefits for municipal employees. Current and former mayors representing 17 California cities are among leaders who oppose his proposal, while three mayors favor it. The measure probably won’t make it onto the ballot this November because Reed is suing the state over the wording of its summary.