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: https://vibvallejo.com/editorial/vallejo-cops-sue-city-big-payout-could-bankrupt-vallejo/
We will have more analysis as our legal department has time to read the documents, but here is a copy of the ruling: