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Election results: Propositions A and B pass, but lawsuits loom

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San Diego could be facing lawsuits by labor unions after propositions A and B both passed in the city of San Diego.

Proposition B, which would reform San Diego city employees' pension plans, passed with 66.19 percent of the vote.

Proposition A, which places a ban on union-friendly project labor agreements (PLAs) for capital improvement construction projects, received 58.23 percent of the vote.

Prop. B supporters say it could save the city $950 million over a 30-year time span since portion of a city worker’s pay used to calculate pension benefits would freeze until the summer of 2018.

Critics of the plan have argued it won’t fix the city’s ballooning pension issues.

The city’s independent budget analyst has projected that the savings are possible, but also noted the $13 million in additional costs over the 30-year period estimated from the proposed switch for many city employees into 401(k) pension plan, resulting from city contribution costs and new death and disability program costs.

Prop. A supporters say the passing of this measure will place a fair and open competition landscape in the city of San Diego on construction projects since PLAs tend to favor unions. The measure also requires the city to post online all construction contracts awarded at $25,000 or more.

Opponents of Prop. A say it will cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars due to the passing of state Senate Bill 829, which prohibits state funding for city construction projects in a charter city that restricts its City Council from utilizing a PLA.

Labor unions have said all along they would take these issues to court if they passed.

All 749 precincts have been tallied.

There are approximately 135,000 absentee and provisional ballots that still need to be counted. The San Diego County Registrar of Voters will next update elections results on Thursday at 5 p.m.

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Joe Gorak 10:48am June 6, 2012

So once again special interest crybabies will use their laywer commrades to try and overturn the will of the people, whom the don't give a rats ass for unless they agree with their agenda.