From left to right, former California attorneys general Bill Lockyer and Kamala Harris and current attorney general Xavier Becerra. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press; Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press; Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

In summary

More than 20 times in the last 15 years, political leaders looking to control California’s fast-growing public pension costs have tried to put reform initiatives before the voters. None of the proposals has made it onto the ballot.

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Judy serves as hub editor of the California Divide project, a five-newsroom collaboration covering economic inequality. Prior to editing, she reported on state finance, workforce and economic issues. Her...