Any attempt to nullify its actions taken in 2002 to set retirement pensions for publlic safety employees would open Pacific Grove to litigation that it would almost certainly lose, the City Council was told by attorneys Wednesday.
Former Councilman and Planning Commissioner Dan Davis, among other critics, has warned the city is headed for financial ruin because of high employee pension costs. Critics contend the 2002 vote was improper and the public wasn't alerted to the potential costs.
City Attorney David Laredo and attorney Cepideh Roufougar, who represents the city in pension litigation, told the council that neither "the facts nor the law" support the position the 2002 vote was improper.
In a council report, Laredo said an Oct. 27 letter from Davis didn't contain information that changes his opinion about the vote.
Davis said Wednesday the public was the victim of the council's action and wasn't told how much the pension plan would cost the city.
Resident David Dilworth said attorneys were "fiercely advocating for one position" rather than considering both sides of the issue.
Also Wednesday, the council voted to award a $45,000 contract to Matrix Consulting Group of Mountain View to study ways for the city to save money on fire services. Pacific Grove spends about $3 million a year for fire services under a merger with Monterey and Carmel.
The council voted to impose a 45-day moratorium on Canterbury Woods placing residents in houses it owns in the surrounding neighborhood.
Neighbors have complained and the city wants to determine if the retirement home is violating city zoning laws.
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