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DROP memo update: City Attorney reassures unions

June 2, 2009 - 6:27 pm

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith has assured the city’s unions that he is not calling for an end to the DROP benefit. This afternoon, Goldsmith sent a letter to  SDCERS administrator David Wescoe making clear that Goldsmith’s earlier memo arguing that the the DROP program was not legally valid was not intended to alter the practices of the San Diego City Employee Retirement System with regard to the DROP benefit.

“The letter and Memorandum provided to you were not intended to be a demand by the City to make any changes to your administration of the retirement plan,” Goldsmith wrote.

It continues, a little further down:

“Further, in order to ensure that the City complies with all existing labor agreements and that the labor relations laws are followed, we would not object if you continued to accept application for DROP, as long as it is clear that the applications are subject to the legal issues related to DROP  being resolved.”

A copy of the letter was forwarded to representatives for the city unions. The letter was a response to Municipal Employees Association attorney Ann Smith’s demand for exactly these sorts of assurances by 5 p.m. today. The deadline appears to have been met.

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  1. Clear as day permalink
    June 3, 2009 - 9:53 am 9:53 am

    Goldsmith is priming for a run for mayor, which is why he’s been bending over backward trying to assuage the unions. Most of his interpretations of the law have been ultra pro-union, and in the one case his opinions put union benefits in jeopardy, he is tripping over himself to reassure them. Why else would an attorney have to do that?

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