closed-door.jpgThe San Francisco Board of Supervisors met with Mayor Ed Lee and other city officials in a closed-door meeting in board chambers Tuesday to discuss the proposed reform of the pension system for city workers.

San Francisco is looking for a way to rein in ballooning deficits caused largely by city employee benefits.

Lee met with the board for more than an hour, and after leaving the board chambers, he told reporters that he had “a good discussion” with the supervisors.

He said, “Everyone recognizes the seriousness” of the issue, which is “hurting the city’s whole solvency.”

Lee said the meeting was behind closed doors because “we don’t know what our position will be” on possible reform.

Proposition B, a measure placed on last November’s ballot by Public Defender Jeff Adachi that would have made city workers pay for more of their health care and pensions, was rejected by voters.

That measure was strongly opposed by the city’s employee unions.

Lee said he didn’t know how the unions would respond to another proposal, but said he thinks they “are receptive to understanding how serious we are” about the issue.

He said he will be working very closely with the supervisors to develop a proposal for reform, including returning for another closed-door session within the next two weeks.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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