Mayoral candidate and current District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said today she opposes the Republican push to convert all new city of San Diego employees except police from guaranteed pensions to a 401(k) plan.
Her stance offers the first major Republican dissent to a compromise plan struck between different party factions. It ensures that the 401(k) ballot measure, slated for the same June 2012 primary that will feature what is shaping up to be a star-studded mayoral race, won’t simply be a battle between the GOP and employee unions.
The compromise measure includes switching firefighters to the 401(k) plan, one of its most controversial features. That was a deciding factor for Dumanis, who said she can’t support a plan that doesn’t exempt police, firefighters and lifeguards.