Marx’s car vandalized after SLO council contests binding arbitration ruling
March 11, 2014
By JOSH FRIEDMAN
Shortly after the San Luis Obispo City Council voted unanimously Monday morning to appeal a ruling that would restore binding arbitration for police and firefighters, a vandal smashed the window of Mayor Jan Marx’s car.
Marx attended a lunchtime rotary meeting at the Madonna Inn Monday after the council decided in closed session to appeal a California administrative law judge’s ruling that the city must restore binding arbitration to its charter. When she returned to her car in the Madonna Inn parking lot around 1:40 p.m., Marx found her right front window smashed in, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department.
No other damage occurred to the vehicle, and Marx did not believe any items were missing from the car, Police Officer Eric Lincoln said.
“She doesn’t have any idea who did it,” Lincoln said. The police department has not identified any suspects, either.
Some speculate the vandalism was retaliation for Marx’s closed session vote.
Marx did not respond to a request for comment.
In 2011, Marx lost the support of public safety unions after she chose to support placing pension reform and a repeal of binding arbitration on the ballot. San Luis Obispo voters overwhelmingly approved both measures, but on Feb. 28 Judge Valerie Racho ruled that the city conducted an improper election on the binding arbitration initiative. The city did not adequately meet and consult with police and firefighter unions prior to placing the repeal of binding arbitration on the ballot, Racho ruled.
The city will now appeal Racho’s ruling to the California Public Employment Relations Board.