Mayor Ed Lee’s November pension measure clears board committee 

Mayor Ed Lee’s “consensus” pension measure was sent out of the Board of Supervisors Committee on Tuesday morning, despite concerns from a number of retired city workers whose main objection was over the change in the governing rules of The City’s Health Service System.

The Health Service System is governed by a seven member board, and it currently takes a two-thirds majority to adopt medical care plans, but under the measure it would require approval by a simple majority vote. The retirees were also critical of the provision in the measure that would only pay cost of living adjustments when the pension system was fully funded.

The committee voted 3-0 to send the measure to the full Board of Supervisors. The board could take action for the fist time July 12, but Supervisor Sean Elsbernd said it is more likely changes might be made on that day with the first board vote taking place July 19.

It may not be the only pension measure on the ballot either. Public Defender Jeff Adachi continues collecting signatures to place his own proposal to draw down pension cost on the same Nov. 8 ballot.

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