P.G. Cops Cut Back
Pacific Grove approves contract amendments for public safety, general employees.
Friday, August 7, 2009
The Pacific Grove City Council approved a contract amendment for P.G. police Aug. 5, stretching unionized officers’ incremental 20 percent raise from two years to four.
The move will save the city an estimated $1 million, according to Finance Director Jim Becklenberg.
Dissenting votes were cast by Councilwomen Lisa Bennett and Carmelita Garcia. Bennett worries the contract extension will delay the city’s ability to get out of CalPERS for an additional two years.
The Council also approved a new contract with general employees that will cut pay by 5 percent and close City Hall one day per month, despite Bennett’s concerns that the city should retain a bankruptcy attorney before tweaking contracts.
Bennett and Councilwoman Carmelita Garcia have made a joint request to schedule a public hearing on whether the “3@50” CalPERS perks for public safety staff approved in 2002 were legal; the council continued the item to its Aug. 19 meeting.