City negotiates pension change for guardsA new contract for the Newport Beach city lifeguards was approved by a unanimous City Council vote Tuesday night. Among the key provisions in the contract are a 3.5% increase in pension program contribution by employees and additional funds for the guards' education and tuition reimbursement. The 3.5% diverted from lifeguard salaries, effective from Feb. 27, is expected to contribute $90,000 of the average $6 million the city pays annually to the California Public Employees Retirement System, or CalPERS, said City Manager David Kiff.
"We decided that this would be a desirable time to contribute to our pension more and hopefully help the city out during a difficult time," Lifeguard Management Assn. President Brent Jacobsen told the Daily Pilot last week.
The new agreement between the association and the city will take effect through Dec. 31. Salaries will remain unchanged, and staffing levels will remain constant through the summer and duration of the contract, Kiff said.