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LA MESA -- The La Mesa City Council is nearing final deals on new contracts with its fire fighters, police and other employee unions.
The agenda for Tuesday's upcoming City Council meeting includes items to approve memorandums of understanding with the employee groups.
While the deals are not completed yet, the council has scheduled a closed session prior to Tuesday's meeting at which they are expected to approve the deals hammered out by the city's negotiating teams.
While terms of the deal won't be disclosed until Tuesday, those familiar with the negotiations describe them as "status quo'' agreements.
"They are good news for all involved,'' one city official said. "I think there was good will on all sides and everyone understood where we all stood.''
City finances have been strained by a perfect economic storm -- a struggling economy spinning off lower tax revenues in both retail and property taxes and state and federal governments that have been cutting aid to cities and, in some cases, eliminating revenues cities had come to rely on.
In addition, stock market declines have added extra pension burdens on the city.