Fiscal morons about to cut nearly $2 million deal with Chico PD

12 Mar

City management and council met in closed session a couple of weeks ago to discuss the cop contracts. Here’s the link to the latest proposal:

http://chico-ca.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&event_id=100&meta_id=44013

I cut an excerpt here, in which the city manager reports, we don’t have the money to give these raises, but he is assuming our situation will get better? That’s pure speculation, and I think it’s irresponsible.

They say the cops are offering to pay (BFD) 12 percent of their pension. 12 percent of the cost of 90 percent of their highest year’s pay at 50 years of age. Oh, please!  “New hires” pay 50 percent – just watch, in future, they’ll  say that creates a conflict in the ranks, and they’ll want wage increases to cover that 50 percent.

 

Financial Capacity The City is projected to end the 2014-15 years with a negative $4.5 million general fund balance and no General Fund reserves. However, the 2013 financial measures, improvement in the economy, and operational savings allowed the city to finish 2013-14 with over $4 million to carry over into 2014-15. Preliminary information indicates that the same conditions exist for 2014-15, and the City estimates it will have additional funds to carry over into 2015-16, albeit it will not be as much as 2013-14. The City Council approved a deficit reduction plan that anticipated contributing $800,000 in 2014-15 towards the deficit. The strengthening of the City’s position allows the City to contribute about $3.3 million in 2014-15. The policy question before the City in negotiating this MOU shows a policy direction of balance. A very conservative approach would require that any and all available funds must go to pay the deficit before any additional expenditures in operations. However, this approach is not feasible due to the City’s need to continue to provide quality services as expected by our community. The conditions seen in the Police Department in terms of the attrition rate, ability to recruit, competitiveness of compensation and overall operations indicate a condition of instability. This is similar to what other cities are facing where large numbers of officers are leaving. In the City of San Jose, the lack of comparable salary and benefits has led to a staffing level that fell from almost 1,400 sworn offers to under 800 with more officers leaving than being retained. While Chico’s situation isn’t as dire, if the City does not balance the need for competitive compensation with other internal changes (which are underway), Chico will risk being under the same pressures as San Jose. This MOU will fit well into the City’s goal of turning the situation around and helping to strengthen the Department’s ability to serve the community.

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10 Responses to “Fiscal morons about to cut nearly $2 million deal with Chico PD”

  1. Jim March 12, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    Sounds like a crummy deal, I’m sorry to see this happening.
    To add insult, we also paid a “professional contract negotiator” something like $80Grand to negotiate this deal.
    But did we really expect any better?

    • bob March 14, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

      I think the 80 grand was to figure out how to stick it to the taxpayers even more.

      These criminals screw us every which way from Sunday.

  2. bob March 12, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

    A very conservative approach would require that any and all available funds must go to pay the deficit before any additional expenditures in operations. However, this approach is not feasible due to the City’s need to continue to provide quality services as expected by our community. The conditions seen in the Police Department in terms of the attrition rate, ability to recruit, competitiveness of compensation and overall operations indicate a condition of instability.

    What a crock. So keep letting the deficit grow and forget about the unfunded liabilites that are already out of control. Instead fire all their asses and contract this out the the sheriffs.

    But that won’t happen. The city council and bureauRats and CPOA are all bound at the same corrupt hip.

    No doubt there is going to be big push for a sales tax increase.

    And I better the idiots who vote in Chico will approve it. The CPOA and the corrupt politicians will scare them into voting for it.

  3. bob March 12, 2015 at 7:20 pm #

    All over the country these cop unions are outrageous

    http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/03/eye-opening-arrogance-from-nh-police.html

    And they do anything to sabotage any kind of reform

    http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/03/eye-opening-arrogance-from-nh-police.html

  4. James March 13, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    Well after hearing today’s news (another break-in and theft at Marigold Elementary) I would think that a diligent and proactive police force would maybe catch a bad guy if they tried patrolling around some well identified targets (schools/churches). Is anybody even trying at this point?
    Is the community/CPD waiting for ratification of the contract before law enforcement becomes a reality again?

    • Juanita Sumner March 14, 2015 at 5:06 am #

      Thanks for mentioning that – this is the pattern – we see them do this every time their contracts are up. Every chief has been the same. We’ve been through this with Revolving Door Dunbaugh before – when he was chief before, he demanded more money and council refused, so he packed up his carpet bag and went to Santa Rosa. Now he’s collecting his pension AND a salary as our interim chief.

      Let’s just change the name of our town to “Vallejo II” or “Stockton’s Poor Cousin” because we’re following them right into damnation.

  5. bob March 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

    Well, your PG&E rates are going up even more…look at your last bill…NOTICE OF PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY’S REQUEST TO INCREASE YOUR RATES FOR THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE INFRASTRUCTURE AND EDUCATION PROGRAM (A.15-02-009).

    Another DemoNcrat crony cr@pitalist boondoggle….you know the kind of thing statists like Scwabbie and Steaming Stemin just love. So it’s time to stick it to the average working stiff.

    • Juanita Sumner March 15, 2015 at 4:52 am #

      Here’s the e-mail for local rep Lia White. Ask her how much she gets for running tree planting programs at local schools.

      LTW4@pge.com

  6. bob March 14, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    And the wardens at the local government run youth propaganda camps are threatening to strike. All the government minions are demanding and getting raises (remember the sheriff deputies just got big raises)…so who thinks taxes aren’t going to go up?

    • Juanita Sumner March 15, 2015 at 4:56 am #

      I just had a thought yesterday, maybe it’s worth a blab.

      They will pursue a sales tax. Hmmm. I just realized yesterday, those who make big money, spend big money. Let them raise the sales tax on themselves – I don’t buy anything, certainly not in Chico anymore. We bought our new car in O-ville a couple of years ago. We bought a new washing machine recently – O-ville, free delivery. Right now we’re looking into buying a new bed – we got our last bed at Square Deal, about 15 years ago, and it’s finally starting to sag, makes me feel like shit when I wake up. As much as we liked our Square Deal mattress, there’s a store in Nevada City with comparable prices that will deliver to Chico.

      these big salaried muthas can pay their own salaries. Let’s see how long they can pull that off.

      If the local retailers don’t like it, they can fight the sales tax increase. I’ll be standing by, playing my little violin, spraying gas on their fire.

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