Both Mayor Jerry Sanders’ office and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith responded to my post this morning on the revelation that retired police and firefighters from a small city in Rhode Island have agreed to reduce their pensions in bankruptcy. That’s important because Sanders and Goldsmith have argued that pensions couldn’t be reduced through Chapter 9 to combat the idea that San Diego should explore bankruptcy,

Before we get to their answers, here’s a public service announcement. If you aren’t on Twitter, you missed a great debate this morning on the issue between me, Police Department attorney Paul Cooper, local think tank head Erik Bruvold, former Ethics Commission Chairman Gil Cabrera, political scientist Vlad Kogan, union leader Evan McLaughlin, mayoral spokeswoman Rachel Laing and Union-Tribune City Hall reporter Craig Gustafson. I’ve the 2012 mayor’s race and big building projects. What should he write about next?

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Liam Dillon was formerly a senior reporter and assistant editor for Voice of San Diego. He led VOSD’s investigations and wrote about how regular people...

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