Two members of the Pacific Grove City Council are urging colleagues to step up the push with other public officials for public employee pension reform.
Councilmen Rudy Fischer and Ken Cuneo have a proposal on Wednesday's council agenda to support steps to control city costs without further service cuts and to pressure the state Legislature to "'clean up' the instability of the current (state Public Employees Retirement System)."
Also Wednesday, City Manager Thomas Frutchey is promising to lay out the latest information on a host of pension-related fronts, including recent city forums, contract negotiations with police unions and a citizens campaign to qualify a measure to void a 2002 decision to give public safety workers more costly pension benefits.
In their report, Fischer and Cuneo say the increased pension costs have made public safety (police and fire) costs rise from 43 percent of the city's general budget a decade ago to 52 percent this year.
Meanwhile, the city's potential debt to CalPERS has grown to $20 million to $45 million, they say.
"What is necessary is basic reform, not just a tweak here and there," their report says.
The councilmen want the city to continue digging into any and all documents associated with the 2002 council's decision on public safety pensions.
Critics say the decision was illegal, but attorneys for the city have said a legal challenge at this point would be expensive and unlikely of success.
Also Wednesday, the Pacific Grove council will consider:
· Alternatives for the Green Park clean water project, a $2.4 million state-funded project to improve stormwater quality in the 283-acre watershed.
· Approving a new four-year golf cart lease with EZ GO Textron. The city leases 64 golf carts. The current-model carts would be replaced under the proposed lease, which would cut city costs by about $7,500 a year, a council report says.
· A status report on the city's new tree ordinance, including possible modifications for tree-removal permits.
· Preliminary approval — holding a first reading — of proposed commercial zoning codes for the downtown and Forest Hill areas.
· A new rental agreement with Barbara Mossberg, the city's poet-in-residence, for continuous tenancy at the Poet's Perch, 140 18th St., for $900 a month in rent.
Larry Parsons can be reached at 646-4379 or email@example.com.
If you go
·What: Pacific Grove City Council meeting
·When: 6 p.m. Wednesday
·Where: Council chambers, 300 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove
If you go