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L.A. council gives preliminary approval to freeze on retiree health benefits
Daily Breeze - Los Angeles

In a move designed to prod negotiations with Los Angeles police and firefighter unions, the City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to an ordinance that would freeze health benefits of retiring workers.

The 11-2 vote advances a measure that caps retirees’ monthly health care allowance at $1,097, beginning July 1. The move would save taxpayers an estimated $68 million per year, according to a report by the city administrative officer.