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San Diego Democrats for Equality to host Prop B debate

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Democrats for Equality will host a debate on Proposition B - the Comprehensive Pension Reform ballot initiative -at its next meeting on Thursday, April 26.

Moderated by Voice of San Diego political writer Liam Dillon, the forum will feature Lani Lutar, president and CEO of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, speaking in favor of the proposed initiative, and San Diego City Councilmember and Budget Committee Chair Todd Gloria, speaking in opposition.

Prop. B, which will appear on the June 5 primary election ballot, would eliminate traditional pensions for new city employees (excluding police recruits) and replace them with 401(k)-style plans, impose a cap for five years on individual pensionable compensation, and require that require pensions for existing and new employees be based strictly on base salaries.

Advocates of the initiative say that it will help solve budget shortfalls for the City of San Diego, while opponents say that this would put public employee's pensions at risk, and question whether it would actually save the city any money.

"There has been a lot of hype about the Comprehensive Pension Reform Initiative. This balanced debate will give voters a chance to hear the facts and make an informed decision on something that will impact our city for decades," said Doug Case, president of Democrats for Equality. "At stake is not only how fairly we treat our city's employees, but also the financial impact on city services."

The event will begin at 6:30 pm with social time, followed by a club business meeting at 7 pm. The debate is scheduled from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend, however Dems for Equality members will be given priority in submitting questions to the panel.

The meeting will be held at the Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St. in the Uptown District Shopping Center in Hillcrest. Unrestricted parking is available in the shopping center's underground lots. Surface level parking is restricted to two hours.

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