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City Employee Unions Work to Save Jobs
                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2010

City Employee Unions Work to Save Jobs
Cooperation between the unions and the City result in furloughs, but fewer job losses for now

HALF MOON BAY, CA – The City of Half Moon Bay, its union representatives, and unrepresented employees through unprecedented cooperation and sacrifice have reached agreements that reduce costs and save as many positions as possible.  All employees will experience reductions in pay. City Hall will close on the first and third Friday of each month from May 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.

Employee monthly pay will be reduced by 9.23% for Local 39, represented management, and non-represented management employees and will result in an unpaid furlough that closes City Hall two Fridays each month.  Police Officers and Police Officer Management have agreed to give up their Holiday Pay and take an additional four-percent salary reduction.

However, by July 2010 a total of 3.2 full-time-equivalent (FTE) positions are still affected.  An Associated Planner position is being eliminated and two positions, the Parks and Recreations Supervisor and an Administrative Assistant, will be reduced by forty-percent, effective May 1, 2010.  In addition, as of July 1, the Police Chief position will also be reduced forty-percent, one Police Officer position will be eliminated, and a Police Detective assignment will be eliminated.

Annualized salary savings are estimated at approximately $900,000.  The City Hall closures will result in further savings as contracted building inspection and code enforcement services will be reduced.

The significant and sustained economic downturn resulted in the need to reduce costs.  All City revenue sources including hotel transient occupancy tax (TOT), property tax, and sales tax have experienced declines.  “While we wish we didn’t have to lose any of our dedicated, talented staff members, I hope the public understands we are not unique in our challenges and will support a revenue measure that may be on the November ballot to prevent further reductions.”

Contact:  Michael Dolder, Interim City Manager                
Tel: 650-726-8793