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California State Pension Board Overrides San Diego’s Entitlement Reforms

San Diego, California lawmakers are appealing a ruling by the state’s labor relations board that rolls back pension entitlement reforms approved by voters four years ago. The California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) ruled in December 2015 Proposition B, a San Diego ballot question approved by 66 percent of city voters in 2012, violated public employees’ legal rights by shifting the city’s defined-benefit pension entitlement system to a defined-contribution system, similar to the...

Alaska Taxi Driver Demands Thaw of City’s Freeze on Uber

Months after Anchorage, Alaska lawmakers forced Uber, a popular transportation network company that directly connects drivers and riders, to halt its operations in the city, a local taxi driver is working to overturn the city’s regulations and allow Uber to resume serving local consumers. In March 2015, Uber suspended operations in Anchorage after spending several months attempting to negotiate with city lawmakers and regulators to reduce or remove rules requiring drivers to purchase expensive...

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