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Limitations and Credits for Veterans' Preference Points
City of San Diego
Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required
Pass: 146,141 / 75.2% Yes votes ...... 48,263 / 24.8% No votes
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Shall the Charter be amended to extend eligibility for veterans' preference points in any original Civil Service examination to veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces during any war, major military action or peacekeeping mission, and to provide an additional five percent credit for any veteran or the spouse of any veteran who has a qualifying service-related disability?
Under the current Charter only veterans or the spouses of veterans, who served in the armed forces during the period of time when the Federal Conscription Act (the draft) was in effect are eligible for such credits. This means that most veterans, their surviving spouses or spouses of completely disabled veterans from recent wars, military actions, or peacekeeping missions undertaken by the service in the United States Armed Forces are ineligible to receive such credits, because service in the military is now voluntary. In addition, the Charter provides no credits for veterans, or the spouses of veterans who are partially disabled.
Proposal. Voter approval of this measure will extend the same five percent credit on original examinations for classified City employment to honorably discharged veterans who have served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces during any war, major military action or peacekeeping mission, whether or not the draft was in effect. The credits will also apply to the surviving spouses of such veterans, or spouses of those same veterans who are unable to work at all.
The measure will provide an additional five percent credit (for a total of ten percent) to any veteran, or the spouse of any veteran, who has a service-related disability of at least fifteen percent, which has been established under federal law.
The measure also clarifies that the credits will apply only to the first examination for classified employment with the City (not for promotional examinations) and for applicants who have otherwise attained a passing grade in the examination.
|Arguments For Proposition C|
Veterans deserve the honor and respect of a fair hiring policy.|
The City of San Diego's current veterans hiring policy is outdated and does not protect our most recent veterans+ those who served in Iraq or Afghanistan. The current policy only applies to veterans who served when the military draft was in effect, which hasn't been the case for almost 40 years.
Prop C will update the policy by eliminating the reference to the draft and expand the language so that any person who served in the military during any war, major military action or peacekeeping mission could benefit from the hiring preference.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, servicemembers often struggle to develop career opportunities after their service to our country. This initiative would help provide our returning veterans a necessary channel of access for jobs and careers.
Veterans are skilled, dedicated workers.
With Prop C, all job candidates who are hired would be required to pass all Civil Service and other employment testing before the preference is granted.
Putting San Diegans back to work is a priority in the City.
Vote "YES" on C to honor our veterans and put San Diegans back to work.
(No arguments against Proposition C were submitted)
|Full Text of Proposition C|
The portions of the charter to be added are underlined
and the portions to be deleted are printed in
Section 120: Limitations and Credits.
No question in any test shall relate to race, or to political or religious opinions, affiliations or service, and no appointment, transfer, layoff, promotion, reduction, suspension or removal shall be affected or influenced by race or such opinions, affiliations or service. In all original examinations, the Civil Service Commission shall in addition to all other credits, give a credit of five per cent of the total credits specified for such examinations to all those who have attained a passing grade in the examination and who have served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces during any war, major military action, or peacekeeping mission