Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mansoor Withdraws MOU Review Request

Breaking News!!

NO REVIEW OF FIREFIGHTER MOU
Mayor Allan Mansoor today withdrew his request to re-hear the decision made by the Costa Mesa City Council on the Memorandum of Understanding between the city and the firefighters union.

REVIEW WOULD CREATE CHAOS

Mansoor and Eric Bever voted against the MOU and Mansoor subsequently requested a re-hearing. I posted a blog entry on it, HERE, expressing concern that this would create chaos in the system, since both parties to the agreement had signed it and were well on their individual ways to making it work.

MANSOOR ACTED ON ADVICE THAT CHANGED

According to City Manager Allan Roeder, Mansoor was advised originally by city staff that it was appropriate to request a re-hearing. Upon further legal review, however, it was determined that the city might not be on solid ground and they advised Mansoor today. He then withdrew his request. Much as I would love to gloat about Mansoor messing this up, he didn't. He followed the procedures, received advice, acted on it but the advice changed upon further review.

TIME TO MAKE THE PLAN WORK

Now both the city staffers and the members of the firefighters union can move forward with the plans they had made as a result of the signed MOU and try to make this element of the 10-point plan to balance the budget work.

OTHER EMPLOYEES GRUMBLING

In the meantime, there are still the not-to-subtle grumblings from other city employees and their representatives about the deals they made with the city. As I've said before, if they are unhappy with the negotiations conducted by their representatives they should take it up with them and perhaps consider changing their representation in the future.

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