Rick Orlov’s Tipoff: With pension initiative dead, unions focus on spring elections

By Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News

The decision by former Mayor Richard Riordan last week to suspend his pension reform campaign continued to resonate at City Hall as a city union took one last blast at the former mayor.

SEIU Local 721, one of the city’s major employee unions, divulged one of its anti-Riordan campaign strategies last week when it said more than 10,000 people who signed the Riordan petition later asked to have their names withdrawn.

To no one’s surprise, a number of those people were city workers.

While none signed with false names and addresses – as had been suggested in a disputed campaign memo – it still would have presented a problem for Riordan in trying to qualify his measure for the ballot.


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