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The Fire Union’s Big Defeat
After leading the charge for a half-cent sales tax increase last year, city firefighters lost overwhelmingly. The warnings they delivered about the tax hike’s effect on public safety didn’t materialize.
The Second Defeat
Earlier this year, proponents of a pension reform measure agreed to exclude police officers from a shift to a 401(k)-style plan for new hires. But firefighters weren’t excluded.
The Next Battle
Firefighters are playing a lead role in the effort to defeat the ballot measure, which would go to voters next summer if it qualifies.
The Big Picture
The losses showed how much the fire union’s influence has dipped within the halls of power at City Hall as the city’s pension crisis took its toll. Now, if the June 2012 initiative comes to be, it could be the ultimate test of whether their political clout has significantly waned.

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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