Solana Beach lifeguards have taken the biggest reduction in pension benefits among local government workers in the past two years, according to a survey by The Watchdog of cities, water districts and other public employers.

The survey is part of an ongoing examination of public compensation given the recent national crisis regarding funding of public-worker pensions. It compared retirement benefits for new hires in local agencies in 2009 and today and found significant concessions by a number of employee groups.

In addition to Solana Beach, certain employee groups in Chula Vista, National City, Carlsbad and Lemon Grove top the list of 38 employee groups that have given up benefits for new recruits. They have increased their payroll deductions for pensions, decreased the amount of their benefits in retirement, or, in some cases, both.

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