New state and local government employees in California would no longer earn guaranteed public pensions unless voters decide otherwise, under a 2016 ballot measure proposed by two former city officials.

Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed (D) and former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio (R), who championed efforts to reduce benefits in their cities, said June 4 the measure would allow local voters to decide how to balance employee pensions against the cost of municipal services.

Growing public employee...