Covina lays off city employees

There are 24 comments on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune story from Mar 25, 2010, titled Covina lays off city employees. In it, San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that:

Covina eliminated seven city positions Wednesday from the library and the parks and recreation, community development and police departments, city officials said today.

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UncleLeo

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Mar 25, 2010
It's only the beginning people only the beginning. This will go on all over this once golden state.
GVL Granny

Santa Monica, CA

#2 Mar 25, 2010
Sorry that one of the layoff's was the Director of the City's Library (a very long term employee). I hope this is not a step in the Council's attempt to close this valuable service.
Ricky Ricardo

United States

#3 Mar 25, 2010
They'll get another job at Mcdonals in no time.

Since: Jun 09

Covina/Glendora

#4 Mar 25, 2010
Ricky Ricardo wrote:
They'll get another job at Mcdonals in no time.
Ricky, I like you, but you're gonna take some serious heat for that comment.

“Always on topic”

Since: Aug 09

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#5 Mar 25, 2010
Have you guys tried the Frappe coffee drinks from Mcdonalds? not bad considering the cost! "The more you know...doo doo doo daaaahhh"

Since: Jun 09

Covina/Glendora

#6 Mar 25, 2010
Patches Ohoulihan wrote:
Have you guys tried the Frappe coffee drinks from Mcdonalds? not bad considering the cost! "The more you know...doo doo doo daaaahhh"
Their iced coffees are really good.
I'm hoping Mark Smith will let me use his employee discount.
JD COVINA

West Covina, CA

#7 Mar 25, 2010
In 2008 I attended Covina city hall meetings listing to all the cry babies wanting to reinstate the utility tax "save our library". And what happened,everyone got a raise even Covina police dept. giving out raises was never mention at any of the meetings! I sure hope the library has been saved

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#8 Mar 25, 2010
I Heart Glendora wrote:
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Their iced coffees are really good.
I'm hoping Mark Smith will let me use his employee discount.
True. Sugar Free Vanilla is the usual for me. I think they let him go for causing traffic in the drive thru due to spreading his propoganda to each customer picking up food.

Since: Jun 09

Covina/Glendora

#9 Mar 25, 2010
Patches Ohoulihan wrote:
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True. Sugar Free Vanilla is the usual for me. I think they let him go for causing traffic in the drive thru due to spreading his propoganda to each customer picking up food.
Yeah, whenever someone would order too many cheeseburgers, he would say "You're such a pig! Just like the city council members of Glendora, California 91741".
Ron McDonald

West Covina, CA

#10 Mar 25, 2010
Ricky Ricardo wrote:
They'll get another job at Mcdonals in no time.
Where is Mcdonals? Is that the new Cuban fast food chain? I will have to share this with our overpaid attorneys.
George

Chino, CA

#11 Mar 25, 2010
JD COVINA wrote:
In 2008 I attended Covina city hall meetings listing to all the cry babies wanting to reinstate the utility tax "save our library". And what happened,everyone got a raise even Covina police dept. giving out raises was never mention at any of the meetings! I sure hope the library has been saved
JD, Make sure you get your facts before you start talking. The Police Department has been without a contract for a year and a half and the last contract they signed was after the contract had been expired for over a year. If your going to blame anyone start with the city council. They have hired high priced admins and over 5 million has gone to "re-development" with no results. The City of Covina needs to get its priorties in order and thats the bottom line!
Joe

Monrovia, CA

#12 Mar 25, 2010
JD COVINA wrote:
In 2008 I attended Covina city hall meetings listing to all the cry babies wanting to reinstate the utility tax "save our library". And what happened,everyone got a raise even Covina police dept. giving out raises was never mention at any of the meetings! I sure hope the library has been saved
Tax went through. I hope they save the library also.
steve

Covina, CA

#13 Mar 25, 2010
what about the city manager 200K
shooter

West Covina, CA

#14 Mar 25, 2010
Don't lay them off, deport all illegal Mexican instead.
Joe

Monrovia, CA

#15 Mar 26, 2010
shooter wrote:
Don't lay them off, deport all illegal Mexican instead.
If they did that half Covina school would be empty.
Lynne

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Mar 26, 2010
I think that it's terrible that the people of Covina were mislead to think that voting on the utility tax would spare the jobs of the people that were unexpectedly fired yesterday. I am wondering why the community was misinformed as to how bad the situation was. It is a crime in my eyes to allow such a thing to happen without any notification at all as to how bad the city revenues were getting. Surely, everyone in the city knew this was coming. What a sad situation for all involved, my heart goes out to them and their families in a time like this.
GVL Granny

Santa Monica, CA

#17 Mar 27, 2010
City Management didn't even have the common courtsey to lay off the employees as individuals. They called the impacted employees into a room and told them as a group. One was a 25+ year employee. Nothing like experiencing a very tramatic, life altering event like a herd of animals.
Bob

AOL

#18 Mar 27, 2010
Sometimes layoffs are done in spite. This one cost over 2 million.
http://www.lackie.intrinsicwebdesigns.com/nod...
Bob

AOL

#19 Mar 27, 2010
For those of you who are concerned about clicking on the link here is the info:

Captain Reinstated After Claimed “Lay-Off”
By: Dieter C. Dammier

It is always a wonderful compliment when a member of management who is mistreated by his or her employer selects you to handle the dispute. One such case involves Captain Andrew Harvey of the Covina Police Department. Harvey had been a Captain at Covina since 1992, when he was abruptly "laid-off" from his position and denied his right to demote to a Lieutenant position.

Harvey's educational background, having a Doctorate and authoring a nationally-recognized book on leadership, provides insight into his capabilities and helps explain why he was hired in Covina as a Captain from Alhambra P.D., where he served as a Police Sergeant. It appeared however that Captain Harvey's skills and abilities threatened Police Chief Kim Raney's position. At one point, Chief Raney asked Harvey to seek employment elsewhere, despite his excellent documented performance record. Captain Harvey apparently did not move quickly enough.

Harvey led the Police Management negotiations and successfully negotiated a contract for 20% raises over a three year period, with 10% effective immediately. Within two hours of Captain Harvey signing the new MOU, he received a lay-off notice. Of course, no mention of reducing the one and only captain position in the department was mentioned during negotiations. The notice claimed that the lay-off was due to a "shortage of funds." Interestingly, however, the City had just approved citywide employee raises exceeding $300,000, including one for the police chief and the remaining members of Harvey's bargaining unit. Yet due to this "shortage of funds", Covina would be one of the only cities in Los Angeles County without a police captain. Moreover, Harvey was the only employee in the entire city who received a lay-off notice.

Upon receiving his notice of lay-off, Harvey requested, pursuant to the MOU, the ability to bump into a lower classification, that being a lieutenant position. The City denied this request. The City maintained a preposterous position that Harvey was not qualified to be a Lieutenant, a position he had been supervising for over ten years. Harvey exhausted the grievance procedure in the face of the City's baseless positions.

When litigation became Captain Harvey's only recourse, he retained the law firm of Lackie, Dammeier & McGill APC to vindicate his position. A Petition for Writ of Mandate was quickly filed in Superior Court to compel the City to reinstate Captain Harvey back to his position as Captain or, in the alternative, to the position of Lieutenant as required by the MOU. Mediation resulted with the parties agreeing to reinstatement of Harvey to his Captain's position, Harvey receiving an industrial retirement, and the City paying back pay and attorney fees.

Harvey was happy with the resolution and his ability to move on. Harvey, age 43, will receive well in excess of 2 million tax-free dollars as a result of this settlement, along with $140,000 back pay and $100,000 in attorney fees paid by the City of Covina.
Bob

AOL

#20 Mar 27, 2010
Per City of Covina PDF Council Minutes Agenda
3-16-10:

"Mayor Allen presented a proclamation to Carlo Alce, Founder of CIG INC. Impact4Haiti. Covina is the first City in California to adopt a town in Haiti. Mr Alce stated that because of Covina's actions, he has been contacted by other cities in Haiti hoping to find a sister township in the States."

As the City makes plans to lay off employees it is also adopting a town in Haiti? That makes a lot of sense.

http://www.ci.covina.ca.us/clerk/agendas.htm

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