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Councilwoman supports city charter amendment

SAN DIEGO _ City Councilwoman Marti Emerald is supporting a proposal to amend the City Charter to expand the eligibility for veterans hiring preference points when applying for civil service jobs.

“We’ve got the largest group of returning veterans from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Emerald said. “This is the least we can do for these men and women who have served our nation.”

The proposed amendment would expand the eligibility provision to all veterans serving in any war, major military action or peacekeeping mission, who have been honorably discharged. It would also provide an additional 5 percent credit to any veteran, or the spouse of any veteran, who has a service-connected disability of at least 15 percent, and meets the minimum job qualifications.

The amendment would only give veterans preference points to those individuals who have achieved a passing grade on the civil service examination and would not be granted them in any promotional examination.

“The City Council supports this amendment and hopes the voters will, too,” Emerald said. “It’ll be on the June 8 ballot.”

Once the ballot statements are been filed and approved, they will be posted online.