As we predicted, California Attorney General Kamala Harris wrote stilted ballot language to describe San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s ballot measure to reduce budget-busting pensions.
Not a hard call. Harris does it all the time.
The language the labor-friendly Harris used is not as blatantly biased against the measure as I expected. Though it does say Reed’s measure “Eliminates constitutional protections .. for public employees.”
Mostly, though, the language is so legalistic it is simply impossible to understand.
“You read this and you don’t know what we’re trying to do,” Reed said.
To be fair, the unions don’t like the ballot language either. They’d like it to be even more biased in their favor.
People like Harris have not had their come-to-Jesus moment of fiscal reckoning as Stockton has. They still contrive to roll the gravy train, though it is clear it is taking cities off a cliff. Apparently Harris is OK enabling that, presumably in exchange for support from unions and other powerful special interests. Perhaps she wants to run for governor one day.
The Bees have a story here.