City Council Actions
Management Partners gave their first two presentations to the Council on 6/19/12 and 7/3/12. and were documented in the previous featured article titled "FY13 Budget Process". However, it became increasingly clear that the company did not present a full and complete picture to our elected officials. Some information was clearly skewed in order to try and bolster what was clearly city management's position. Even some of the City Council members publically voiced their concern that the company did not seem to be comparing apples-to-apples when showing comparisons between Long Beach and other hand-selected cities. Some of the discrepancies were documented in our 2012 Rap Sheet (3rd quarter edition, page 5).
At the completion of the FY13 budget process, the City Council set aside $200,000 in 'one-time oil money' to bring back Management Consultants for further evaluation work. They were specifically tasked with researching ways to cut back on employee overtime costs and incentive pays. While this will clearly have an immediate effect on the upcoming IAM contact negotiations, this will also have ramifications for our future contracts.
On 12/4/12, the City Council voted 5-4 to give Management Partners an additional $300,000 (making a total of $500,000 for FY13). The hope was that Management Partners would be able to show the Council how they could cut over $28 million dollars annually from the City budget. During a time of financial hardship, this sounds like an extremely good deal; however, the promise of savings is incredibly deceptive. Management Partner themselves have already commented that they are not familar with how Long Beach does business and provides services. Any savings target is purely speculative and the savings do not come without a signficant and painful reduction to service and quality (both of which are not a part of Management Partners tasking).
- (12/4/12) LB TO SPEND 500K TO IMPLEMENT STUDY AIMED AT SAVING MILLIONS
- (12/4/12) COUNCILWOMAN GERRIE SCHIPSKE'S BLOG (SEE 12/4/12 ENTRY)
- (12/4/12) CITY MANAGER ASKS FOR COUNCIL APPROVAL TO INCREASE HIS CONTRACT AUTHORITY
- (12/4/12) LBREPORT EDITORIAL ON CITY MANAGER REQUEST
However, despite the historical proof of need, the Council budgeted only 7 million in overtime for FY13. They later gave the Chief additional discretionary 'one-time oil money' that he could use however he saw fit (including for overtime); however, even if the Chief used all of this additional funding to supplement overtime, it would still not be enough. The Council was made fully aware of the problem in September, and it should be no surprise that it was brought to their attention again in December. The Chief also used the opportunity to also take the money that he had previously received for 'Shot Spotter' technology and place it into this years overtime fund.
- (11/14/12) COUNCIL SWAPS GUNSHOT DETECTION SYSTEM FOR OVERTIME
- (11/14/12) COUNCIL ERASES SHOT SPOTTER FOR OVERTIME
- (11/30/12) CHIEF ACKNOWLEDGES OVERTIME IS 1 MILLION SHORT
- (11/30/12) COUNCILWOMAN DEMANDS UPDATE FROM CHIEF ON LBPD FUNDING NEEDS