Adam Elmahrek reporting for Voice of OC revealed last Friday that there is some hope that Labor agreements with the Service Employees and Police unions will help fill the $30 million budget hole that former City Manager Dave Ream drove the City of Santa Ana into earlier this year.
An agreement with the Santa Ana Police Officers Association — which includes close to $13 million in concessions — goes to a vote of the association’s general membership next week, and the city is close to hammering out a deal with service employees that would save the general fund about $2.2 million, according to city officials.
But there’s a little wrinkle in the plan. The savings offered by police are mostly deferred expenditures which essentially only kick the deficit can down the road about 18 months.
Negotiations with the Santa Ana Firemen’s Benevolent Association are stalled because the City has release a request for proposals to outsource Fire Services to another agency such as the Orange County Fire Authority. Elmahrek’s got this enlightening quote from Fire Association President Chris Roelle:
“The interim city manager [Walters] has proposed the outsourcing of the Santa Ana Fire Department to the County and we are all awaiting the results of the study that he has commissioned. Until then, it is very difficult to start the process to discuss any details,” Roelle said in a statement emailed to Voice of OC.
I guess when you’re dealing with the Police Chief, who is also the Interim City Manager who recommended outsourcing your member’s jobs, it would be difficult to feel there is good faith bargaining on the table. Read the complete article from Voice of OC here.