Nevermind. Just when it looked like Measure B was good to go, an appeals court had to throw a monkey wrench in the city’s plan for pension reform. On Monday, Councilmember Pete Constant’s lawsuit got beat down. On Tuesday, the ballot question was heard, and a judge made revisions that mostly favored the city. On Wednesday, an emergency appeal was turned in by labor attorneys, and on Thursday a three-judge panel for the 6th District Court of Appeals ordered a stay of printing any ballots. The judges also told the city not to submit the ballot question as written, pending further order of the court.
The city has until Monday to respond, and labor’s attorneys will have until Tuesday to counter that response.
“We are pleased that the 6th District Court of Appeal will consider our emergency writ seeking to ensure that the ballot question for Measure B is impartial and complies with California election law,” said Robin Johansen, Lead Attorney for City Workers.
Three judges participated in Thursday’s decision: Wendy Duffy, Nathan Mihara and Franklin Elia, the acting presiding judge.
Several scenarios are now at play regarding the ballot measure. First, the court could change the ballot question’s language; second, the court could ask for more time and delay action on a ballot measure; or third, the court could deny Thursday’s writ and the ballot measure could go forward as currently structured.
Click to read Thursday’s 6th District Appeals Court Ruling.