Friday, August 17, 2007

San Jose backpedals on city transparency

The city of San Jose has decided to stop producing a list of retired emploees who are receiving city pensions, the Merc reports. The move followed a Merc request for updated copies of the lists, which aided the newspaper's October investigation that found San Jose has the highest proportion of retired police and firefighters on disability pensions among big California cities. The Merc hasn't said whether it will fight the move. Ironically, the city's move comes as officials have been holding hearings on propoals to make the city government more transparent in the wake of scandals stemming from excessive secrecy at City Hall.

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