City of Santa Monica offers employees lump sums to leave their jobs

first_imgHomeNewsCity CouncilCity of Santa Monica offers employees lump sums to leave their jobs Apr. 16, 2020 at 6:05 amCity CouncilFeaturedNewsCity of Santa Monica offers employees lump sums to leave their jobsMadeleine Pauker1 year agobudgetcoronavirusCOVID-19rick coleSanta Monica City Hall (File photo) Facing a projected $226 million budget gap as coronavirus slashes municipal revenues, Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday authorized payouts for city staff who volunteer to leave their jobs and discussed a future plan to cut city services.The city relies on tax revenue from sectors such as retail and tourism that have been devastated by stay at home orders. By June 30, the end of the fiscal year, the city will have a $72 million General Fund shortfall, said Gigi Decavalles-Hughes, the city’s finance director. Next fiscal year, projections show a nearly 40% drop in city revenues and a $154 million General Fund gap.City Council voted Tuesday to offer lump sums of $10,000 or $15,000 to staff who voluntarily leave their jobs, depending on their date of hire, and 18 months of medical benefits. Staff who take the payouts will resign by May 9. “COVID-19 and the economic repercussions have had devastating impacts across our country,” Mayor Kevin McKeown said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with all those stricken, and their families, while we soberly assess our city’s finances. Santa Monica, like communities across America, faces the daunting task of rebuilding our economy, adapting how we live and restructuring how our government operates.” The city has moved to delay, reduce or cancel $40.4 million in capital projects and accessed $65.2 million in emergency funds. McKeown said at the Tuesday Zoom meeting that City Manager Rick Cole and City Attorney Lane Dilg have also volunteered a 20% reduction in pay effective May 1. As of 2018, Cole was paid about $343,000 and Dilg was paid about $297,000, not including benefits. As of Wednesday morning, more than 2,000 people have signed a petition that claims Cole asked City Council to approve cuts to youth services and sustainability programs, the council did not vote on specific cuts Tuesday and instead authorized city staff to develop a plan to restructure city services that will be presented May 5.The petition calls for Cole and Chief Operating Officer Katie Lichtig to be fired, alleging they gave city staff three days to propose cuts to their departments and are pushing to eliminate the Office of Sustainability and the Environment, close the Santa Monica Swim Center and eliminate or reduce CREST, Virginia Avenue Park and Police Activities League youth programs.Hundreds of residents wrote letters to City Council urging them to preserve sustainability and youth programs. “CREST has been, at different times, a necessary life saver for us as working parents, a social connection for our children and the key to their physical activity and health,” wrote Catherine Mahmoudi. “It would be impossible to replace, and the kids who would suffer most from its loss are the ones that don’t have other options. Please fight for it.”Cole did not address the petition directly, but said the cuts residents are discussing are “rumors and suppositions.” The city has not yet proposed a plan to cut services, he said. “The rumors and anxiety … are not without foundation,” Cole said at the meeting. “We will have to make choices that are unprecedented in their negative impact on everything we believe in in order to get through this and rebuild effectively on the other side.”Cole said local governments have only been promised reimbursement for services they have provided in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is uncertain whether state and federal governments will provide aid to supplement lost revenues. “There will be extraordinarily harsh choices that I won’t like, (the council) won’t like, the community won’t like (and) the workforce won’t like, absent dramatic state or federal bailout funds,” he said. “We hope for those, I pray for those, but we cannot count on those.”The city will focus its limited resources on foundational programs, emergency response and economic recovery from the impacts of the pandemic, council members said. At the Tuesday meeting, they drafted a list of goals for the plan to restructure city operations, which include making reductions across the entire city workforce, including executives, managers and supervisors, and preserving community resources with the understanding that some programs cannot continue or must be altered to balance the budget. As the economy improves, services that were put on hold can be reinstated, council members said. “Ideally, we’d have time for a thoughtful, collaborative process – but as we’ve seen, events are moving with breathtaking speed,” Cole said in a statement. “The longer we wait to make hard decisions, the greater the long-term threat posed to essential services and the staff who provide them.” [email protected] :budgetcoronavirusCOVID-19rick coleshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 3 comments April 15, 2020 at 8:05 PM It just seems like the Higher Up’s are still making a Big pay check.Even if they take a 20%cut there still getting paid really well! Maybe if they took a 60% cut during this tragic time they wouldn’t have to let as many people go! Then the residents and workers would see that they really cared about what happens to the works and there Beautiful City!!! Hans says: Comments are closed. April 17, 2020 at 2:45 PM May 13, 2020 at 10:48 AM Santa Monica is WAY too heavy top when it comes to pay rates. It’s time for change and it’s time to bring a fresh voice in and time for Rick Cole to resign. Santa Monica is my home says: Santa Monica Resident says: The City is responding in a sensible way to this emergency. It can not pay salaries if people are prohibited from shopping and visiting Santa Monica and staying in hotels and not paying associated taxes. The City actions make complete sense. This is no time for petty accusations. We should be thankful we live in a community that cares about its residents are doing everything possible to keep us safe and healthy. 3 Comments Letter to the Editor – An open letter to City CouncilCoronavirus cases in Santa Monica hit 100 after several days of slow growthYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more

Mobile Mix: GDPR gripes, AT&T action and 5G phone firsts

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Tony Winner Tyne Daly Headed Back to Broadway in Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons

first_img Mothers and Sons will mark McNally’s 20th Broadway production, His other workds include Bad Habits, The Ritz, The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Master Class, Ragtime, The Full Monty and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Mothers and Sons Tony and Emmy winner Tyne Daly is set to return to Broadway in spring 2014 in Mothers and Sons, the new play by four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally. Directed by Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall), the play had its world premiere at Bucks County Playhouse in June with a cast that included Manoel Felciano, Big Fish star Bobby Steggert and Grayson Taylor. Casting, exact dates and a theater for the Broadway production will be announced at a later date. View Comments Mothers and Sons explores the essence of family and forgiveness in a rapidly changing society. Twenty years after her son’s death, a mother turns up at the door of his former lover, who is now married to another man and has a young son. This man and his family challenge the woman to confront the truths of their shared past, and a future she never imagined. Values clash as they struggle to reconcile their vastly different worlds. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 22, 2014 Related Shows Tyne Daly Lead producers for Mothers and Sons will be Tom Kirdahy, Paula Wagner & Debbie Bisno and Alan and Barbara Marks and Wade Turnbull. Star Files Daly is known to Broadway audiences for her Tony-winning role in Gypsy and her recent performances in Rabbit Hole and Master Class, but the grande dame is also a beloved screen actress with credits including Cagney & Lacey and Judging Amy.last_img read more

Draw a possibility after rain wrecks third day

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (CMC):The Old Trafford Test was left leaning heavily towards a draw after persistent rain ruined the pivotal third day, forcing an abandonment without a ball bowled here yesterday.While light rain in the morning held up the start before washing out the first session, heavier showers in the afternoon ensured the square remained covered, ruling out any possibility of play.Match officials eventually called time on the day at 4 p.m. (11 a.m. Eastern Caribbean time).The washout has left the element of time as the most important factor in the Test, which England need to win in order to level the three-match series, after losing the opener in Southampton by four wickets last weekend. CHASING VICTORY West Indies are also chasing victory in order to complete their first series win on English soil in 32 years, but if the match ends in a stalemate, they will retain the Wisden Trophy with a Test still to play, also at Old Trafford.The Caribbean side were poised to resume their first innings on 32 for one, with nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph on 14 and experienced opener Kraigg Brathwaite on six.Left with just under an hour to navigate late on Friday’s second day after England piled up a massive 469 for nine declared, West Indies lost left-handed opener John Campbell for 12, lbw on review to left-arm seamer Sam Curran, 20 minutes before the close.All-rounder Roston Chase said following Friday’s play that West Indies planned to take a patient approach to their innings.“[We need to] just take a page out of the English players’ book, especially (Dom) Sibley, how patient he was and just waiting for the bowlers to come to his areas and score,” Chase told reporters.“So it’s just for us to take that leaf from their book, play each ball on its merit and when the opportunity comes to score, just score and go about it the normal way.”The series is being played behind closed doors in a ‘bio-secure’ environment to mitigate against the threat of COVID-19 pandemic, which has already resulted in 45,300 deaths in the United Kingdom alone.last_img read more

Week 1 prep football stat leaders

first_imgPASSINGC-A-I Yards TDJordan Shaffer, Benton 31-45-2 359 3Logan Allen, La. New Tech/PD 20-37-2 283 2Brandon Harris, Parkway 16-28-0 239 3Will Haines, Haughton 11-20-2 166 3Chase Rivers, Airline 5-5-0 29 1Thomas McKain, Airline 2-2-0 29 0 Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAppurseRemember Tiger Woods’ Ex-wife? Try Not To Gasp When You See Her NowAppurse|SponsoredSponsoredUndo RECEIVINGC Yards TDTray Harris, La. New Tech/PD 8 167 2Tyler Stephens, Benton 8 107 1Kordy Stewart, Benton 6 103 0Brodrick Jefferson, Parkway 5 98 1Clayton Festavan, Benton 7 81 1Javonte Woodard, Haughton 3 69 1Demetrius McAtee, Parkway 3 61 1Jarred Craft, Haughton 3 58 1Dorsavion Williams, Benton 6 58 1Isaac Jacobs, La. New Tech/PD 3 50 0Desean Morris, La. New Tech/PD 4 31 0William McKnight, Parkway 3 30 0Austin Roth, Parkway 1 28 1Derreon Washington, La. New Tech/PD 3 24 0Frank Winn, Airline 1 23 0Cameron Howell, Airline 2 20 1PJ Douglas, Haughton 2 14 1Jarrett Lars, Haughton 1 13 0Cory Hamilton, Parkway 1 13 0center_img RUSHINGAtt Yards TDJarred Craft, Haughton 12 173 1Logan Allen, La. New Tech/PD 18 157 1William McKnight, Parkway 4 116 1Roderick Spurlock, Airline 11 67 1Demetrius McAtee, Parkway 4 63 2Jerrod Craft, Haughton 2 45 1Desean Morris, La. New Tech/PD 8 38 0Chase Rivers, Airline 7 33 2Frank Winn, Airline 4 32 6Will Haines, Haughton 7 28 1Brandon Harris, Parkway 4 28 0Kavonte Johnson, Airline 5 25 0last_img read more