Facing the prospect of deep budget cuts and hundreds of layoffs, the San Jose City Council is considering Mayor Chuck Reed's request to declare a fiscal state of emergency. The declaration would give Reed the authority to amend labor contracts and pension deals. But union leaders and other critics say the move is illegal.
San Jose: A State of Emergency?
Sam Liccardo, San Jose City Council member and chair of the Transportation and Environment Committee
Ash Kalra, San Jose City Council member
Robert Sapien, president of the San Jose Firefighters IAFF Local 230
Chuck Reed, mayor of San Jose
Marcia Fritz, president of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility