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Re: HR29

From: Keith, Kirsten <"Keith,>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:27:08 -0700


Thank you for your email.

The League of California Cities opposed HR 29. Menlo Park is part of the League, and I sit on the Employee Relations Committee that addresses these issues.

The League sent our letter on 02/19/14 to the Legislature opposing HR 29. Unfortunately, the measure was adopted by the Assembly Thursday, 04/03/14. Here is the floor vote: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/hr_29_vote_20140403_0942AM_asm_floor.html

The League Employee Relations Committee met last Friday, 04/04/14, and we discussed HR 29, and its repercussions, at great length. Since it was a House Resolution, it does not go to the Senate or the Governor. It is important that cities continue to make sure their legislators know where they stand on this issue because it is an indicator of possible legislation to come.

It is also important to let Assembly Member Gordon, who abstained on the vote, know your views on these issues.

Another bill you may be interested in is AB 2126, which the League is opposing. AB 2126 is awaiting a hearing date in the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee. A summary is provided below.

AB 2126 (Bonta) - OPPOSE
As Introduced on February 20, 2014

Assembly Bill 2126, by Assembly Member Rob Bonta, would authorize either bargaining party in the collective bargaining process to request mediation if they fail to reach agreement (current law allows BOTH parties to AGREE to enter into mediation). The bill mandates the appointment of a mediator within 5 days after receipt of the party's request.

In the past, the League and other stakeholders were successful in removing the mandatory mediation provision from both AB 537 (Chapter 785, Statutes of 2013) and AB 646 (Chapter 680, Statutes of 2012), citing that such a requirement would lead to expensive and unnecessary delays in the bargaining process that would prove detrimental to both employers and employees.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Kirsten Keith
Council Member & Former Mayor
City of Menlo Park
701 Laurel Street
Menlo Park, CA 94025

On Apr 10, 2014, at 4:03 PM, "Ed Brink" <ewbrink_at_(domainremoved)

My friends,

I strongly oppose HR29, a bill to prohibit outsourcing by cities:

 * Partly on grounds of free enterprise and competition resulting in lower costs;
 * Partly because Cuomo is right that government's job is (at most) to see that services are provided, not to provide them;
 * Mostly because the legislature should not be running the cities, micromanaging something it has no business managing in the first place.

Thanks for listening.

.. Ed Brink
Menlo Park resident since 1969

Today Lee Duboc wrote:

Fellow Residents

Along with our very own League of California Cities, I ask the City Council to publically oppose HR29­a resolution that prohibits all future outsourcing by cities.

How would such rushed and ill-conceived legislation affect Menlo Park? Would it mean, for example, that we could not renew Tim Sheeper’s contract for running the Menlo Park Swim program­the best swim program this or any other city has had.

Does it mean that we are stuck with underperforming and overly expensive child care program? Or that we have to hire lots of maintenance workers to maintain our median strips. Many of our maintenance workers already make $76,000 a year, have month long vacations, and excessive retirement benefits that are costing the city more and more.

What happened to the admonition by former Democratic New York Governor, Mario Cuomo: “It is not government’s obligation to provide services, but to see that tey are provided.”*

The proposed legislation is scary and must be stopped right now. I will be watching this and I will let you know whether our city council members do the right thing.

If you too are concerned, let them (and me) know. City.council_at_(domainremoved)

 As always, Lee Duboc (menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)
Received on Thu Apr 10 2014 - 16:25:32 PDT

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