“Our pension costs and our medical costs are my No. 1 concern,
and I believe the rest of the council shares that. It’s going to be
a multi-faceted approach. It’s going to be asking employees to pay
their share of their costs, it’s going to be a two-tier system, and
it’s probably going to be capping the city’s cost on medical. We
keep hearing that the pension system is not sustainable. That’s a
serious issue for me both as a council member and as a member of
— Larry Hansen, Lodi councilman
“It has to be a concern since it’s our No. 1 cost increase
overall; that and medical. You can’t sit in the room and ignore it.
It has to be addressed. I don’t ask that we take away from anyone’s
pension, but we need more participation from employees simply
because the city cannot afford to pay for it anymore. I’m confident
that the employees understand and realize the situation, and will
work with us to find a solution.”
— JoAnne Mounce, Lodi councilwoman
“We had a $1.2 million bump this year, and it will continue
going up in future years. If we get a bigger bill from PERS every
year, it’s not going to work. Something needs to be done; it’s just
a matter of putting a plan together. We have to make it work,
whether it is less pay or less bodies.”
— Phil Katzakian, Lodi councilman
“All the cities are acting on it. I think Lodi needs to, too.
The employees are going to put some money into pensions. I ran with
the platform that, ‘Hey, pensions are going to be the last thing
that we are going to touch,’ so I’m not looking into changing it.
The most important thing for employees is health care and pensions.
It’s important for the city, too.”
— Alan Nakanishi, Lodi councilman
“We are currently in negotiations, but I don’t know what has
come out of that. I do believe that it is something we all are
going to have look at; when I say all, I mean all jurisditctions.
It has been demonstrated it can get out of control, especially if
we are not matching revenue to contributions. We are all realizing
the money might not be there, which is a shocking realization.”
— Barbara Payne, Galt mayor