The legal battle everyone expected over Measure B’s passage began Wednesday, as the city filed for a federal judicial review (a.k.a. “declatory relief”) and attorneys representing police and firefighters unions filed two lawsuits in state court. All of this will take months, if not years, to resolve, so we’ll focus on some of the more interesting commentary surrounding Measure B and the legal battle.
Gov. Jerry Brown took San Jose’s 71-percent passage of Measure B to mean a line has been drawn regarding pension reform, and the state should follow suit in some manner. “The pension vote in San Jose, which is a more liberal … city than the state as a whole, is a very powerful statement that pension reform is imperative,” Brown said. (When watching the video, try not to be put off by the awkward last question and cackle about President Obama’s fundraising efforts in California.)
Mercury News columnist Scott Herhold takes an interesting angle, focusing on the attorneys who will handle arguments for the city and unions. Labor is going with a Scotsman and a Yank, as well as Christopher Platten, while the city plans to use Meyers Nave and a firm led by Jonathan Holtzman, who Herhold calls the city’s legal “intellectual light.”
And as fear of similar “pension modification” measures spreads across the country, a photo of Mayor Chuck Reed high-fiving Pat Dando reinforces the unwritten rule that people over 50 should simply shake hands when congratulating one another. (H/T to The Daily Fetch)