|Staffing Shortages - Overtime - Information Conflicts!|
|Just when I thought
I could give you streaming video of the last budget session of City Council,
the p.c. crashed and three hours were devoted to getting something out
before sunrise. Phone calls came in late last night, suggesting that
police management may try to handle council's request for reports back
in Executive Session. Given Fargo's, Cohn's and Waters' clear messages
last Tuesday, it seemed hard to fathom, let alone a wise move.
Mayor Yee had sat quietly through the rather pointed questions. He gave no public comment when the time came. Would he permit a "sweeping under the rug" of council questions? Would Cohn accept an "off-line" behind closed doors lobbying to hide the truth we've tried to get for two years? Then there's the Brown Act! Could council act in closed session on such a volatile issue as budget overruns, severe staffing shortages and worst, what appears to be outright disinformation from the Chief to the local media?
The agenda offered a possible way out for police management and what appears to be an agitated City Manager. Make it part of the contract negotiations with the union? That's closed session material. That's confidential!
The following audio clips
pretty much say it all. REMEMBER ... none of these questions were
raised at the time the $2 million in fire/police budget overruns was reported.
The council voted to approve the report "as is". Then phones rang,
faxes shot through phone lines and Public Records Act requests refreshed.
Someone out here in publicland is awake!
Let's Talk - Next Summer!
|My District wants to know about NPOs!|
|44 Patrol vacancies and no explanations!|
|Time to get it on the council table, in the open!|
|NPOs were needed and we felt safer!|
|Part 2 Where's the data for the budget adjustments!|
|Sure, we'll report back, but let's move on!|
|Let me tell you what NPO's are - old fashion cops!|