Wednesday, November 7, 2012 – 09:45 a.m.
The showdown between the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and two of its employee unions, via measures Q and R, was settled by voters Tuesday night.
Measure R, a ballot measure to drastically slash pay, benefits and staff of county supervisors, was proposed by the San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association (SEBA) and San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA), in retaliation for actions taken to curtail compensation, due to economic and budget pressure.
In response, Measure Q, a ballot measure which leaves compensation essentially unchanged, was placed on the ballot by county supervisors to compete with Measure R.
According to sources, county management led supervisors to believe that county unions agreed to not actively campaign for Measure R if they pulled back on pension form charter amendments.
Apparently the unions, who embarked on a late push for their proposal, didn’t get that memo.
Regardless, Measure Q passed with 269,973 votes, and Measure R passed with 256,014.
The result places Measure Q into effect as the charter amendment receiving the highest number of votes.