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Jun 8, 2012
Jun 8, 2012

Insight: California’s Brown set for fight over pension reform

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California’s Democrat Governor Jerry Brown heard a clarion call for his party to take on state pensions in the overwhelming passage of retirement reforms by the second and third biggest cities in the state, San Diego and San Jose.

The message did not resonate as strongly in the statehouse where fellow Democrats rule, though.

Jun 8, 2012

California’s Brown set for fight over pension reform

SAN FRANCISCO, June 8 (Reuters) – California’s Democrat
Governor Jerry Brown heard a clarion call for his party to take
on state pensions in the overwhelming passage of retirement
reforms by the second and third biggest cities in the state, San
Diego and San Jose.

The message did not resonate as strongly in the statehouse
where fellow Democrats rule, though.

Jun 6, 2012

California cities look set to pass pension reform

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Two of California’s biggest cities were on the verge of adopting sweeping pension reform plans on Tuesday, with early election results showing measures in both cities passing by 2-1 margins.

Voters in San Diego, second in population to Los Angeles, favored moving new employees to plans similar to private-sector 401(k)s, instead of pensions with guaranteed benefits.

Jun 5, 2012
Jun 5, 2012
Jun 5, 2012

California gay marriage case looks headed to Supreme Court

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way on Tuesday for the Supreme Court to consider California’s gay marriage ban, declining an appeal to revisit the case.

Supporters of the 2008 ban, Proposition 8, have lost two rounds in federal court but have made clear they will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and hope for a favorable response from the conservative-leaning court.

Jun 5, 2012

Appeals court to reveal gay marriage case plan

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – An appeals court will say on Tuesday whether it will revisit the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 gay marriage ban or clear the way for the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in February that the ban discriminated against gays and lesbians. It rejected the key argument by ban supporters that Proposition 8 furthered “responsible procreation.”

Jun 2, 2012

Insight: California city’s pension vote: a precedent for U.S.?

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A radical plan to slash public employee pension benefits gets voted on by the residents of Silicon Valley’s San Jose on Tuesday – a decision that could set an important precedent for many other cities, not only in California but across the nation.

The nation’s 10th-largest city is also one of the wealthiest, but over the past several years it has cut its municipal workforce by a quarter, laying off cops and firefighters, shuttering libraries and letting street repairs fall by the wayside.

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