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San Jose Pension Reform proposition, Measure W (November 2010)

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A San Jose Pension Reform ballot proposition, Measure W was on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voters in the City of San Jose in Santa Clara County.[1] It was approved.

Measure W removes language from the San Jose city charter that defines the rules for the age at which city employees can retire and how much the city must pay into their pension fund. Because of this, the San Jose City Council has the flexibility to make decisions on those matters. Current city employees will not be impacted by any changes. Workers hired after 2011 would fall under the new rules.

Election results

  • Yes: 162,367 (72.14%) Approveda
  • No: 62,710 (27.86%)

These election results are from the Santa Clara County elections division as of November 27, 2010.


San Jose mayor Chuck Reed led the movement to place the pension reform measure on the November ballot. He said, "Retirements now cost us three times what we paid in 2000, even though our employee count has fallen dramatically. This is a first step, I believe, of gaining control."[2]


San Jose City Council members Nora Campos, Kansen Chu, Ash Kalra and Nancy Pyle opposed the pension reform proposal.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure W: To provide fiscal stability, control costs and maintain City Services to residents, shall the Charter be amended to allow the Council, by ordinance and subject to the requirements of applicable law, to exclude any officer or employee hired on or after the ordinance’s effective date from any retirement plan or benefit of any plan then in existence and to require that any new or different plan shall be actuarially sound?[3]

Path to the ballot

There are 11 members on the San Jose City Council. The vote on the city council to refer the Pension Reform proposition to the ballot was 7-4.[2]

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