City attorney says DeMaio plan to freeze salaries is legal, would save hundreds of millions:
The freeze would lock salaries at their current level, and in essence, cap the size of a worker’s future pension. Employees could still receive additional compensation through incentive pay that would not apply toward pension calculations.
The opinion by Goldsmith comes as city leaders, from Mayor Jerry Sanders to City Councilman Carl DeMaio, have pushed forward separate plans to limit or lower the city’s liability for future pension costs.
Sanders said he hoped the opinion would push the city’s labor unions to work with him on a solution that reduces costs for the city and ends years of expensive litigation for both sides.
When will Encinitas face up to its pension crisis?