Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"Any Furloughs and Layoffs Would Not Start Until Next Month"

L.A. City Council just got out of closed session on the budget talks and they will resume on Friday, most likely. Garcetti said the plan includes furloguhs and layoffs, BUT also said they might be able to come to some resolution that may make that un-necessary. But for now, make the paperwork to prepare for the furloughs.

Janice Hahn wanted to make sure that there would still be time to prevent the prevent the "trigger" from being pulled on the furloughs and layoffs. (It's even called "trigger" language.)

SO BASICALLY, looks like unions are not giving enough and that council is posturing to "go ahead with the paper work to pave the way for furloughs and layoffs" and get the process started -- IN CASE THINGS CAN'T BE WORKED OUT.

So looks like council is at least appearing to be playing hardball on with the unions.

BUT ZUMA DOGG NEEDS TO DELIVER A MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR TO COUNCIL: There is no love lost between the mayor and unions, anymore and the message is ANY PLAN THAT IS NOT A REALITY TOWARD THE GOAL OF ACTUALLY FIXING THE PROBLEM IN A REAL WAY -- WILL BE VETOED!!!

The mayor ain't going for some city council "dog and pony show" measure that does not really FIX it (at least enough for now). AND ANY DECISION THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE SOME COMBINATION OF FURLOUGHS AND LAYOFFS AND/OR SALARY REDUCTIONS WILL NOT BE ENOUGH...AND WILL BE REJECT.

Thank you!

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