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Councilman Carl DeMaio, Mayor Jerry Sanders and Councilman Kevin Faulconer
One of the key concessions San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio made in the Grand Republican Pension Compromise was to exclude police officers from a ballot measure that would switch new city employees from pensions to 401(k)s. His original ballot measure included cops in the 401(k) system, but a different one pushed by now-coalition-mates Mayor Jerry Sanders and Councilman Kevin Faulconer did not.
DeMaio, though, hasn’t changed his mind. City Council could switch new police officers into a 401(k) system any time it wants, and a provision in the ballot measure reinforces that point. He believes the council will vote to give new cops 401(k)s based on the city election results in 2012.
“There’s a better than three-quarters chance that you have police officers in the 401(k) at the same time that firefighters are in the 401(k),” DeMaio said in an interview Monday.
DeMaio is likely a candidate for mayor and would face a June 2012 primary the same time that the 401(k) measure would be on the ballot. Also, five City Council races — four of which are expected to be competitive — will be happening at the same time.
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