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San Fernando City Council Lays Off Four City Workers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Diana Martinez | Editor   
Thursday, 20 September 2012 04:50

Four city positions have been given the ax, an assistant planner in the community development department; a recreation/ community services coordinator for the city's recreation and community services department; a records specialist in the San Fernando Police Department; and the secretary to the police chief. While Al Hernandez, city administrator did not release the names of the employees who were sent letters this week to tell them they were "let go," critics of the council believe they could have been sparred if the council had "more foresight."

"If this city council and previous councils had been minding the nuts and bolts in the city this would not have happened," said Julian Ruelas,a resident and recall organizer Julian Ruelas.

Ruelas, responding to the news that employees have been given a pink slip with more to come if the employees union doesn't agree to furlough days for the city's workers. "To say that this has happened just as a result of the downturn isn't the reality.

They paid more attention to the construction of swimming pools and skateparks and didn't pay attention to the city's budget, Ruelas said. De La Torre likes to boast that she is the senior council member then she should be held accountable.

De La Torre has been on the council for 12 years and along with Esqueda are the targets of a recall election set for November.

In a last minute attempt to prevent the action, SEIU who represents San Fernando city employees had asked council members to meet with them, but only one council member Sylvia Ballin was receptive. "I thought we should at least listen to what they had to say," Ballin said.

Mayor Pro Tem Antonio Lopez made the motion to layoff the employees, and Maribel De La Torre was strong in announcing that more layoffs would follow without the union's acceptance of employee furlough days.

Critics of De La Torre and Mayor Brenda Esqueda told the San Fernando Valley Sun/El Sol that they believed the council's unwillingness to meet with the union was influenced by the union's refusal to support them by opposing the recall election.

The layoffs were effective on Monday, Sept.17.

City Administrator Al Hernandez said there were four positions being laid off: an assistant planner in the community development department; a recreation/community services coordinator for the city's recreation and community services; a records specialist in the San Fernando Police Department; and the secretary to the police chief.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 04:51