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The New York Times today has this comprehensive look at a number of initiatives to scale back public employee pension benefits nationwide in an article called “Once Safe, Public Pensions Are Now Facing Cuts.”

It starts in San Diego with the story of a police officer who’d lost a leg on the job and later had his disability pension reduced, and ends with City Attorney Mike Aguirre. In between, it talks about efforts to trim existing benefits in Milwaukee, Oregon and Houston. Check it, it’s a good read.

They also have quotes from another source familiar to San Diegans: Paul Maco, the attorney who headed the two Vinson & Elkins investigations for the city. The investigations were eventually deemed insufficient by outside auditors and Aguirre has sued the firm, which collected $6 million for its work.

ANDREW DONOHUE

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