As if there were any doubt that the city council have not been listening to what the citizens of our city have been telling them week after week, the latest memo from Tom Hatch(et), copied and pasted below, should remove any notion that they have one shred of interest in what the city wants. And by the way gentlemen, the citizens are the city, not you.
The city council operates like a collective personality disorder, anti-social, narcissistic monsters. There is no stopping them. They are going to do what they want to do and we will suffer the outcome. If you want clarity on the symptoms of these disorders, Google them. I believe Mensinger, Monahan, Bever and Righeimer’s pictures will be there.
Here is what goes down with outsourcing. Of those positions that are not offered as no bid contracts to friends of our no-ethics council members, contractors will underbid by leaps and bounds as to what they can deliver. Outsourcing is done because jack holes like the ones we have selecting the winning bids are NOT concerned with the quality of the services, only the cheapest price they can get.
One of my co workers, who lives in another county, asked me, “Do they (the city council) realize how stupid they look on a national level?” My reply, no. They are blinded by egos. I am mortified by what is happening to my hometown. Read Tom Hatch’s memo, and try not to weep.
From: HATCH, THOMAS
Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 5:46 PM
Subject: Bumping Rights Noticing
Dear Fellow City Staff,
I wanted to let you know that tomorrow individual departments will be providing noticing of the bumping rights process to impacted employees. As you know, bumping allows for employees who have received layoff notices to be transferred to positions held by someone with less seniority, if the move is within the same department. This is a difficult process. We have effectively communicated with the leadership of impacted associations and have created informational letters and packets that seek to clarify employee rights and communicate the process.
We will be handing out 124 layoff notices, which include letters to some employees initially notified on March 17 and to those employees subsequently impacted by the bumping process. Approximately 29 initial layoff notices will be given to part-time employees impacted through the layoff bumping process.
Employees will have five working days to exercise their respective bumping rights and notify the Human Resources Division.
Each person receiving a layoff notice tomorrow will have a minimum of six months before they may lose their job. It is important to remember that the City is currently exploring the viability of outsourcing for selected service areas, and that no decisions have been made by the City Council. The six-month warning is a mandated process per our agreements with employee associations.
We will have representatives from the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) here tomorrow, in case you would like to talk to a counselor. Their services will be provided out of the EOC Facility between City Hall and the Police Department. On May 18 and June 7, the City has scheduled OC One-Stop Center, which provides career and employment assistance, to conduct workshops at City Hall for any interested staff. More information on the workshops will be included in the packets to employees and is also available from the HR Division. A representative from the state Employment Development Department will also be part of the workshops. Finally, we are working to create and schedule a workshop for any interested employees to support them in further preparation for any future interview process.
Tomorrow is an important day for all of us to support each other and this will be the entire organization’s top priority.
Thomas R. Hatch
Chief Executive Officer
City of Costa Mesa
77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 92626
Ph. (714) 754-5328 Fax. 754-5330