A hearing is scheduled to take place today on a legal challenge to a controversial proposed Ventura County employee pension reform initiative.
The proposal calls for switching newly hired county employees from a pension plan, to a 401k style system.
Backers contend over time, it will save the county hundreds of millions of dollars. But, opponents contend the saving are overstated, and that the county would have a hard time hiring, and retaining employees because of what it contends would be an uncompetitive retirement plan.
A group supported by employee unions filed suit, charging that the measure conflicts with state law, and interferes with the county government’s ability to manage its affairs.
A Ventura County Superior Court judge is being asked to remove the measure from the November ballot.