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U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear San Diego retirement plan case

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to accept a case appealing a California Supreme Court ruling regarding a ballot measure that replaced San Diego's defined benefit plan with a defined contribution plan for new city employees, the court order shows.

The California Supreme Court had said that San Diego city officials should have met and conferred with union officials regarding the ballot measure, called Proposition B, which voters passed in 2012.

The California Supreme Court in an August opinion had sent the case back to the California 4th District Court of Appeal to determine the appropriate remedy, which could include vacating the results of the election approving the ballot initiative and paying city employees for all lost compensation, including the value of lost pension benefits as ordered by the state Public Employment Relations Board. The proposition passed in 2012 and closed the city's defined benefit plan to all city employees, except sworn police officers, hired on or after July 20, 2012.