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Friday, September 18, 2009

KFI's Eric Leonard reports Tenative Budget Deal at City Hall

" Budget dealings on Spring Street"
KFI's Eric Leonard was the first to report the tenative budget deal that awaits final City Council approval.
The L.A. City Council has gone public to present a deal that was reached during get a overnight negotiations with the Coalition of Los Angeles City Unions.
The deal is supposed to save jobs and prevent furlough days. The Council is expected to vote on a budget plan later today.
The Council pushed back a 10:00a.m. deadline to vote on budget-cutting negotiations with its largest civilian employee unions.
Union negotiator Victor Gordo says he's hopeful a deal can be reached that prevents layoffs but helps the city reduce its budget. The council has already approved a delayed raise for the employees.
** Tenative numbers:
$80 million in savings this year.
2300 employees going off into the "early retirement" sunset.
EAA to get hit with layoffs.
City employees to contribute 0.37% more towards retirement fund
$20 million in pay raises on hold.
** LA Times Phil Willon and David Zahniser have the extensive details.
Council President Eric Garcetti: “We are a family again".
”That declaration drew some grousing from blogger and former Los Angeles Daily News editor Ron Kaye, who criticized the council for failing to immediately release the details of the plan. “What you left out of this deal is the people. We’re part of the family too,” he said, adding: “We don’t know what the deal is; we’re excluded.”
In related budget news, "ourla.org" asked candidates in the CD 2 Special City Council Election to weigh in how they would deal with the current budget issues on Spring Street.
Budget updates will be posted here as they break.
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Blogger Petra Fried in the City said:

This was nothing but a way to stall for time... again. The Clowncil will be repeating this "emergency" before the end of FY10.

September 18, 2009 2:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Somehow the City Council just can't come up with a straight-forward action on most things including this.

They spend an inordinate amount of time congratulating and praising each other and the union side who could be deemed "adversaries."

My money is on the union side for coming out ahead of the deal and that means preserving their gains and avoiding the same plight as thousands in the private sector have already experienced.

Of course, the Council's goal should not be to nail the employees for a maximum body count, but for them, the idea that involves a layoff is too distasteful to them to stomach, even if the city comes out the financial loser- and that means the taxpayers.

The Early Retirement plan seemed DOA as proposed by Mayor back in June or thereabouts.

The are just too much into the Hollywood-ism of things, even taking a voice vote instead of the electronic counter to be dramatic, knowing it's all unanimous- as usual- vote. (And I would like to see the CM who would brave criticism to say "NO" for any reason to break that unanimity with attention of unions focused on them all.

I hope that this really calculates well and is not just another example of the council getting figuratively bent over a table and reamed.

One thing not mentioned is where the fire and police departments will be handled, since we don't need them getting lay offs.

Were the architects and engineers left out in the cold again on this deal? Not bowing to Tony and passing over some campaign support that others make did not make them welcomed city employees under his standards.

Early Retirement just doesn't sound right if the city is still shelling out or responsible for payments, and less people are there to get things done, leaving less-experienced people in their place.

It's still relatively fresh news so maybe all this complaining is premature and undeserved, but I do stand by my view that the CMs mostly specialize in shovelling B.S above all else. There's where your "shovel-ready" CRA projects can be found.

In cd-14

September 18, 2009 2:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I never realized before, until you posted this picture, what an immense phallic symbol City Hall is - which is appropriate considering how many people who work there are real dicks!

(And yet, they still have no balls!?)

September 18, 2009 2:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I was at the Clowncil meeting today and what I heard was my union giving back $78 million of money, subjecting me to layoffs and furloughs, increasing my contribution rate to my retirement of 1 percent, AND making me pay 1 percent of my retirement for the privilage of retiring. I wish these GD newspeople would get the facts straight. I am so pissed at my union that I can't see straight!
And to boot, my coworkers are clapping like blooming idiots before they see what $$$ we all have to give back.


September 18, 2009 2:41 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The city council members are a bunch of low life BASTARDS!!! They are going on tv saying they wanted to protect the residents and tax payers. dumb ass Antonio is saying the same thing but everyone knows they are the cause of the budget deficit. They are the reason we are losing millions and on the verge of bankruptcy. Doug needs to get those signature papers out as soon as it is legal and start collecting signatures to cut those salaries in half. We have tons of people who are ready to help in every part of the city to collect to put on ballot.

September 18, 2009 4:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I thought the limp wrist Matt Szabo was promoted but he's still being quoted for his Queen boss Antonio. E-mails flying throughout LAPD telling copers to Boo Boo Antonio when they see him. There's a big event tomorrow and they will show their disrespect in front of the media when he and what ever idiot council members show up. Yeah!!! its about time the cops started fending for themselves. They have a union who sucks helping them out.

September 18, 2009 4:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The cops were totally duped by that idiot Paul Weber, who threw a ton of money getting that charlatan Trutanich elected who has no juice and less and less cred every day except with his buddy Zine, maybe his homie Janice Hahn and that lamebrain LeBong seems to have fallen for him as has Jan Perry. Heck they all have the same IQ.

Weber is roundly scorned by the rank and file who had almost a million bucks of their dues ripped off for less than nothing, and they've lost Bratton too. Weber is so desperate now he's been really sucking upto the Mayor as well as to his West Valley homies Zine and Smith, but the Mayor is angry these days and not playing.

September 18, 2009 4:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You public union people want cradle to grave employment, bumping rights, great pay and a retirement to die for.
From the taxpayer.
Screw you. I owe you nothing.
To the Council. Declare bankruptcy and lay all the deadwood off.
It will feel good like a dog after a tick bath.

September 18, 2009 6:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

$78 million in concession -- all so Butcher could buy three weeks of cover while ballots in the decertification election of one EAA bargaining unit are out. Amazing.

September 18, 2009 6:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All the news report are saying, and Santana is saying, that it's EAA members who will be laid off --not SEIU/COCU. (EAA members BTW who are already being furloughed).

So from what I see is that SEIU/COCU is not being laid off, not being furloughed, and this is why they are happy as pigs in s**t.

As you were at the clowncil meeting today, care to elaborate about SEIU/COCU being "subjected to layoffs and furloughs"?

September 18, 2009 8:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

September 18, 2009 2:41 PM-I was thinking the same thing.

September 19, 2009 12:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Police Political Union = police union threw the cops under the bus for the clowncil morons. They've given millions to council help morons get elected and when push came to shove they didn't fight for their cops. LA is the only city where cops will be furlouged and laid off but civilans get to keep their job. Firefighters are at least putting up a good fight. LAPD copers hate the Mayor and Weber and his gooons are doomed for the bullshit they've done to their cops.

September 19, 2009 6:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can we put this top city issue at the top thread. We've been reading about the CD2 race for months and tons of threads. Please give us a break and top the thread with something regarding the entire city.

September 19, 2009 8:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

PPL ooopsss!! I mean the Political Protective League goons are dumb ass for kissing the Mayor's butt helping him reach his goal of 10,000 officers even though the Mayor is saying officers will get furlouged. How in the hell does that make sense? Keep hiring but take officers off the streets..Reporters should know the difference and report the facts unlike the crap they print. they never give the history of Antonio not supporting LAPD for years and his ACLU connections. Cops hate him using them as his accomplishment tool saying crime is down as if his gang banger ass had anything to do with it. Word is spreading for officers to BOOO politicians when they attend events.

September 19, 2009 9:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yup, all one big happy family, at least for the SEIU mafia family and the cesspool that is City Hall.

A quick search of the City Ethics website reveals the numerous campaign contributions from various SEIU locals (including 721) to our fearless, prayer-circling LA "leaders" including: $3500 to Eric Garcetti, $3000 to Janice Hahn, $1500 to Greig Smith, $2000 to Jan Perry, and (gulp) $63,314.41 to Mayor V.

Did anyone seriously wonder how this would end?

September 19, 2009 9:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I guess someone forgot to tell Butcher and Parsini that you are not supposed to go "full-retard". For years they have been doing "half-retard", but now they've gone full-on. Their members and now all city employees will pay for their lack of judgement for years to come.

September 19, 2009 12:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nothing in what Santana told City Council yesterday included protecting SEIU/Coalition for layoffs or furloughs.

In fact, Santana told Council the deal (details still unknown on where the $78 million comes from), gave management the flexibility that made the previous Coalition agreement problematic.

All Santaana said was less layoffs and less Citywide furloughs.

September 19, 2009 1:47 PM  

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