City Hall Going Quiet for the Holidays

Thursday, December 20, 2012
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Santa Barbara City Hall will go dark and cease most of its functions on Friday, December 21, and reopen for business Wednesday, January 2. Police and fire services will remain open, as will the libraries — except on observed holidays — the city golf course, and waterfront. Water, trash, and sewer bill payments will still be processed in the interim, but no water service will be cut off in that time. Typically, the city shuts off 200 water customers a month due to late payments. Most city workers will use accrued vacation time during the days City Hall is dark.


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How much paid vacation time do city workers get? How much do they get to accrue? How much do they get to cash out when they retire or terminate?

Is this shell game what we call "saving" money. Convenience the staff, but inconvenience the public?

Audit and publicize all city contracts with detail before city council members vote on them in the future, please.

Easy to break all future city employee contracts down into at least these major categories for major employment categories, so voters can compare apples to apples when city council members vote one way or another on city employee contracts:

Base salary
Health insurance
Pension plan
Paid sick leave days
Paid vacation days
Paid personal time days off
Travel and Conference allowance
Transportation allowance
Cell phone allowance
Automatic longevity increases
Number of days/hours worked per year

We the voters hire these people. They work for us. Our elected representatives bargain all of the above on our behalf. But the details are always kept hidden and inaccessible when this bargaining goes on. We only see the final bill, after the fact.

Oblati (anonymous profile)
December 20, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Oblati McScrooge

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 20, 2012 at 1:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Here is a better plan, Ken. Let's jut give all our money to city employees and they can split it up anyway they want and decide on their own if they have to do anything in return? This could work.

Oblati (anonymous profile)
December 20, 2012 at 2:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You are on NeoCon overdrive dude.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 20, 2012 at 2:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Remind me what name-calling is as rebuttal, Volok. Escapes me right now. Oh yes, bankruptcy of thought.

Oblati (anonymous profile)
December 20, 2012 at 7:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I guess that depends on if you identify "NeoCon" as a personage or a philosophy.
In the context of my above post, call it a mental condition which is neither animal. vegetable or mineral. Hence to label my post as "name-calling" ignores the greater observation of a political philosophy gone haywire.
Name-calling would be saying Grover Norquist is a Benedict Arnold or Mitch McConnell is a turtle-necked wannabe brownshirt. That is namecalling.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 20, 2012 at 8 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sounds like City Hall is celebrating Christmas, someone get the ACLU or atheists on the phone.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
December 21, 2012 at 7:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I bet if the parks were fenced and closed due to lack of maintenance staff, trash not picked up, trees not trimmed, docks closed, tennis courts and golf course closed, Mr. Oblati would still scream about his quality of life in SB being degraded. Who do you think takes care of all of this??? Oh yeah, let's not forget cops and firefighters...although I think the cops pensions is way out of whack and should be more in line with the general employees.

BeachFan (anonymous profile)
December 27, 2012 at 8:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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