City Attorney Michael Aguirre is asking Mayor Dick Murphy and the City Council to call a special session later next week to consider possible solutions to the city’s financial mess.
“I will be happy to draft the appropriate language for the special meeting to provide as much latitude as necessary for a full discussion,” he said in a prepared statement released at a Feb. 24 press conference.
“I will consider Mr. Aguirre’s request,” said Murphy.
On Feb. 22, Aguirre issued several recommendations for pension reform, among them asking the mayor and City Council to authorize him to take legal steps rescinding “unlawful” pension benefits, and placing the San Diego City Employees Retirement System in receivership.
Murphy countered by saying that Aguirre’s “continued grandstanding is obstructing.”
“Unless the City Attorney is willing to work with the mayor and City Council to implement the policy direction we have adopted, this city will continue to struggle,” he said in a prepared statement Feb. 22. “I say to Mr. Aguirre, either join the team or sit on the bench.”