SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Five California mayors have submitted a proposed ballot initiative that they say could fix the skyrocketing cost of public employees' retirement plans. The measure would amend the state constitution to give government agencies authority to negotiate changes to benefits. The mayors behind the proposal represent Pacific Grove, San Bernardino, Santa Ana, San Jose and Anaheim. They're hoping it will qualify for the November 2014 ballot.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco Bay-area commuters again waited late into the night before federal mediators announced that a planned rail strike would once more be delayed and contract talks would continue. BART trains are running today. Workers at a major regional bus line in the Bay area have also threatened to strike this week if their conditions for a new contract aren't met.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California taxpayers will be paying $19 million more a year to finance Amtrak service in a 19-state agreement announced yesterday. The agreement puts the states in compliance with federal law that the states pay about 85 percent of Amtrak's operating costs of their state routes. Caltrans says that means California will now pay about $109 million a year to operate its three intrastate routes.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Opening statements are set to begin in Santa Ana today in the trial of a man charged with the fiery slaughter of his ex-girlfriend's father and sister in what prosecutors say was an ill-conceived plot to win her back. Iftekhar Murtaza could face the death penalty if convicted of the 2007 attack.