10:00 PM PDT on Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Tobin Brinker on Monday will for the second time ask his San Bernardino City Council colleagues to direct the city manager to prepare an analysis of Brinker’s proposal on changes to city employee pensions.

Brinker, who represents the Third Ward, wants employees making more than $100,000 annually to pay the retirement contribution currently paid by the city. That action, if successfully negotiated with the unions, would save the city $3 million annually, Brinker said. He also wants to phase in having all employees pay their retirement contributions.

The city spends $21 million of its $127 million budget for daily operating expenses on pension contributions.

The proposal is the last item on the agenda for the meeting, to be held at 3 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 300 N. D St. The regular meeting follows a closed session scheduled for 1:30.

Brinker made the same proposal May 2, and it was defeated.

Also Monday, the council is expected to:

Consider a resolution to provide fire protection and paramedic services to county areas near city limits. The deal would run from July 1 to June 30, 2016, and pay the city $487,000 each year.

Consider paying Willdan Engineering Services $600,000 out of a $1.9 million grant to create the Residential Energy Audit and Retrofit program, which will pay the cost of home-energy audits and provide rebates on energy-saving upgrades.

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