State Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, and Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, will take part in a town hall meeting in Lodi on Monday to discuss a variety of issues including pension and workers’ compensation reforms with city residents and officials.
The two lawmakers, who represent Lodi in the state Legislature, were asked to take part in the town hall meeting at the Carnegie Forum by Lodi Mayor Alan Nakanishi, who will moderate the event.
Nakanishi said he wanted to bring Galgiani and Pan to Lodi to discuss with them complex issues like pensions, where state policy directly affects local government.
The City of Lodi is facing rapidly rising pension costs for its employees. This year, the city will pay $7.1 million for pensions. By 2020 the cost will steadily rise to nearly $17 million — almost 40 percent of the city’s general fund budget — if changes aren’t made to the state’s retirement system.
“I’m scared because we don’t know where the money for pensions is going to come from,” Nakanishi said. “Citizens don’t understand because it’s so complex. We’re trying to help them understand.”
The town hall meeting is free and open to the public. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Carnegie Forum located at 221 W. Pine St.