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Reduced Pension Plan For Future City Employees On Council Agenda

khts_citymatters_scvlogoThe City Council will enter the initial stages of setting reduced retirement benefits for newly-hired City employees at its regular meeting on Tuesday.  

City staff has proposed amending its contract with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System to provide new employees with a 2.0% at 60 retirement formula based on the highest-paid 36 consecutive months of employment. The amended formula would exempt current City employees, who receive 2.7% at 55. Future employees would also be required to pay the full 7 percent member contribution to CalPERS.  


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According to a staff report, the change in the pension plan will provide long-term cost savings to the City. Tuesday will mark the introduction to this ordinance.  

The Council will also handle the second and final reading on an ordinance that would require all massage practitioners to have certification from the California Massage Therapy Council, which was established by Senate Bill 731. Enacted in 2009, the bill additionally requires all massage parlors or other business providing massages to only employ practitioners verified by the CMTC.  

If approved by the Council on Tuesday, the ordinance will allow law enforcement officers additional grounds to detect illegitimate and indecent businesses.  

At the meeting, the Council is expected to accept a $200,000 grant from the Citizens’ Option for Public Safety to once again fund the Sheriff’s COBRA Team. Comprised of a sergeant and six deputies, the COBRA unit has handled 2,210 juvenile cases involving 1,351 suspects.  

Also on the docket is the City’s plan to complete the final phase of replacing incandescent street lights with light emitting diode models. Incandescent lamps use up 150 watts per lamp whereas LED models only expend 10.  

As always, the meeting begins at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.