Mayor Chuck Reed takes the lead on pensions

Published: Monday, Jul. 29, 2013 - 2:07 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 29, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Re "Ignoring 'rule,' Democrat picks pension fight" (Dan Morain, July 24): I lived in San Jose until 3 years ago. Mayor Chuck Reed was and is a good mayor. He took on the public employee unions and so far is winning, unless the unions have found a friendly judge.

Gov. Jerry Brown ducked the pension issue and did a poor job with his attempt. But the economy and Proposition 30 saved the pension issue for public employees. Without another major recession, a proposition is needed. I do think there would be money to fund a pension initiative, but Democratic-public employee unions and their environmental allies go for the jugular. So any campaign to win needs to do the same.

And Mayor Reed could become the poster politician if he wants to. He is modest but smart. Having the strong, political will to go through a big campaign is another story.

Andrew Smith, Santa Rosa

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