San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber scores win: San Jose mayor’s pension and benefit reform headed to June ballot

Extended advocacy by the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber and member businesses has proven successful, with a two-thirds vote by the San Jose City Council to put pension and benefit reform on the ballot in June.

“It’s now time for business people and the resident taxpayers of San Jose to have the opportunity to weigh in on how the city manages its finances,” said Pat Sausedo, vice president of public policy, who spoke on behalf of the chamber and its 1,500 members at a packed council meeting on Tuesday.

Also speaking on behalf of business were ChamberPAC Chair Mark Waxman of CBIZ and ChamberPAC board member Jeff Cristina of Zanker Road Resource Management.

“The chamber appreciates Mayor Chuck Reed and the council recording an 8-3 vote–a two-thirds majority,” Sausedo said. “It was a hard decision to make.”

Over the next few months, the SJSV Chamber will work with the Mayor Reed to take the ballot measure message to the voters.

“The business community recognizes these are very difficult times and difficult decisions have to be made—much like the private sector had to do over the past five years,” said Matthew Mahood, president & CEO. “The council’s vote was the right one for the majority of the citizens of San Jose.”

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