Retired attorney John Moore of Pacific Grove said the joint powers agency would lock the city into the state Public Employees’ Retirement System — CalPERS — and into a continually mounting liability for pension costs.
Longtime Pacific Grove firefighter Richard Stilwell said he hasn’t been impressed by the consolidated Monterey and Pacific Grove fire department, but firefighter representatives said their unions support the joint powers agency and that service, training and equipment have improved.
“We should not have demonization of groups simply because they got good labor contracts,”
Councilman Ken Cuneo said on moving to approve the joint powers agency. “We should not look at police and firefighters as the enemy.”