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February 8, 2010 (San Diego) – By an 8-0 vote, San Diego’s City Council has voted to place an initiative on the June ballot that would amend the City’s charter to expand eligibility for veterans’ hiring preference points when they apply for civilian jobs.

“We’ve got the largest group of returning veterans from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Councilwoman Marti Emerald, who supports the measure. “This is the least we can do for these men and women who have served our nation.”

The proposed amendment would expand the eligibility provision to all veterans serving in any war, major military action or peacekeeping mission, provided that theyhave been honorably discharged. It would also provide an additional five percent credit to any veteran, (or spouse of a veteran) who has a service-connected disability of at least 15 percent and who meets the minimum job qualifications.

The amendment would give veterans’ preference points only to individuals who have achieved a passing grade on the civil service examination and would not be granted in any promotional examination.

“The City Council supports this amendment and hopes the voters will, too,” added Emerald. “It’ll be on the June 8th ballot.”

Once the ballot statements have been filed and approved, they’ll be available on Councilmember Emerald’s website at

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