Breaking News — City Prevails in Lawsuit Brought by Cops


By Marc Garman

In a decision dated February 23, 2015, Judge Paul Beeman has denied the (Vallejo Police Officers’ Association) VPOA’s petition for a writ of mandate against the City of Vallejo on behalf of police retirees. Had the judge ruled in favor of VPOA, the City would be required to compensate police retirees for cuts to retiree medical benefits imposed during Vallejo’s bankruptcy.

The judge ultimately sided with the city’s position that the retiree medical benefits were not “vested” benefits as recognized and protected under the California State Constitution and that the City was within its rights making the changes to retiree medical it did during bankruptcy.

Make no mistake. Had Vallejo lost this court battle and been required to pay past benefits modified during bankruptcy as well as going forward, the likelihood of insolvency or a second bankruptcy would have been very high. Read previous article:

We will have more analysis as our legal department has time to read the documents, but here is a copy of the ruling:

VPOA V. COV – Order



'Breaking News — City Prevails in Lawsuit Brought by Cops' have 6 comments

  1. February 24, 2015 @ 10:27 pm Vallejo Voter

    Maybe – just maybe – we can avoid BK II!


  2. February 25, 2015 @ 10:56 pm NY Times on Pensions

    “Such dogma [that public pensions ate untouchable] ‘encourages dysfunctional strategies,’ wrote the judge, Christopher Klein, chief judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California. He said Calpers’s legal arguments were invalid, and he concluded that it lacked standing to dominate the courtroom discussion the way it had. Stockton did not even seek permission to freeze its pension plans, but the judge nevertheless wrote that it was entitled to do so and went on to cite steps that struggling cities in general should take to trim their pension costs legally.”

    VPOA, it’s time to stop the bullying.


    • February 26, 2015 @ 7:08 am Judge Klein's Ruling

      “CalPERS has bullied its way about in this case with an iron fist, insisting that it and the municipal pensions it services are inviolable,” reads the ruling. “The bully may have an iron fist, but it also turns out to have a glass jaw.”


  3. February 26, 2015 @ 12:07 pm I Love Vallejo

    Matt Mustard just had Ketchup dumped all over him! 🙂


  4. February 27, 2015 @ 1:59 pm decentamerican

    ……. one community member said earlier … “VPOA, it’s time to stop the bullying”…………

    YES, IT IS ABOUT TIME they did — not only are they not ashamed of being paid such abnormal multi-fold wages in OT and benefits, but they want to bankrupt the city again, just because they are cops … NO WAY ….

    Glad to see a judge see through all this and say NO. This is a late victory for the people of Vallejo.

    VPOA, stop bullying, stop complaining you are not paid enough, and step up to do your job = serve the people honestly, and well.

    Thank you.


  5. February 28, 2015 @ 4:00 pm Franceswa

    Does this mean the police will do another slow down ?


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