On pension reform, a way forward - Page 2

Since a single-payer system that would cut costs immensely isn't on the immediate political horizon, the San Francisco supervisors need to address the problem

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Sup. David Campos has moved to "split the file" — that is, to turn the Elsbernd bill into two identical measures. The move gives the progressives a chance to make amendments even if Elsbernd doesn't want to go along, and could wind up giving the supervisors a choice between two competing measures. We'd prefer that Elsbernd work with his colleagues on a measure everyone can back. But in the end, the best option is a charter amendment that fixes the problems Elsbernd has identified — without being unfair to city employees.

And if Elsbernd and the progressives can come to a deal, there's a lesson here for the mayor: if you try to work with your opponents, you can actually get things done.