Employee layoffs pending in El Monte

More than 30 city employees could be laid off, including police officers, in the coming months if their unions don't agree to postpone pay raises and continue unpaid furloughs, city manager Rene Bobadilla said Tuesday. Full Story
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covina

Panorama City, CA

#1 May 26, 2010
over 8 thousand on welfare in el monte you guys dont want to cut welfare or stop low income housing then you deserve to lose your jobs
Jim

Torrance, CA

#2 May 26, 2010
idiot, welfare comes from state and federal money, not city money.
JIM2

Glendora, CA

#3 May 26, 2010
Jim wrote:
idiot, welfare comes from state and federal money, not city money.
HHAHAHAA JIM !
TheTruth

Monrovia, CA

#4 May 26, 2010
Let's hear it for the mistruth Mr. Bobadilla told the paper. He doesn't want to continue with negotations as the article states. He has said this is the offer...take it or leave it!! What happened to negotiating? As a matter of fact, he has not even been around, heard he was in Vegas. Because these two units didn't give into his demands, now pink slips are due out Thursday. What happened to negotiating? They say they are broke but they keep hiring new people, even if some are part-time. Who cares...they are still spending my furlough money!! He is asking that the POA and SEIU members continue with these cuts for another 3 years. RIDICULOUS.
dbunker

Anaheim, CA

#5 May 26, 2010
Get ready for more higher taxes! If you think for a sec.that politicians are going to cut these workers give aways,yes give aways,they receive big benefits,big o.t,and well the product is quite low...just look around the city.They the city workers have to take a cut just like the citizens who pay there salaries have.Gov .employees do not raise/produce revenue and for the private sector who does create/produce revenue higher taxes is wrong,stop spending,reduce taxes...problem solved.Enough with the threat of firing cops,they are trully needed,weeds can be removed with g.r or volunteer workers!etc etc
Revolving Wars

Anaheim, CA

#6 May 26, 2010
Oh Goody, this is a interesting mix, 2006 Measure P threat of potential layoffs of 31 people, last year over 117 people laid off or gone or still doing their jobs for free hoping to get their jobs back to now.

Rene "build the transit center no what " Bombadilla stating we almost went bankrupt last year, well less than a year ago, Emily who was chided for giving police bad information, now saying "Rene will tell them this" I saw the city has applied for some sort of justice grant, probably why the POA is not absolutely screaming at this point. But it looks like the middles of both have caved in for the greater good of keeping their jobs and the two giants POA and SEIU like inbred cousins are still fighting for that non existant pay increase which was coerced out the the council anyway several years back.

Now thirty more employees will go? Mr. Quintero is the cool head in this. He is the mayor, I value his opinion. The city council better quit this 4 to one crap, 3 of the members are remnants of the same council minus a drunk mayor that couldn't speak english (bless his heart) that got us to the point of bankruptcy before. Not to mention the entrapment by our city manager in Pomona, who aquired bad habits from our redevelopment agency.

But hey who is the new finance manager, I heard he has great credentials, lets see what he says
Tired of Stupid

Monterey Park, CA

#7 May 26, 2010
"I'm concerned this might be a tactic to try to force concessions from the bargaining units... We can't just demand things from them. We need to work collaboratively with them," Quintero said.

Duh! Tactics are part of negotiations and why can't management make "demands"? We always hear about "union demands".

There are two sides in labor negotiations......labor and management. Mayor, do you know what side you are on? According the the dictionary the mayor is an official elected or appointed to act as chief executive or nominal head of a city, town, or borough. If you have a conflict because of your membership in SEIU, maybe you should remove yourself from the negotiating table citing a conflict of interest. It is clear from this website that you are an active member of another SEIU local:
http://www.seiu721.org/2010/02/andre-quintero...
Can you truly represent the citizens. It doesn't sound like it.
Revolving Wars

Anaheim, CA

#8 May 26, 2010
Tired of Stupid wrote:
"I'm concerned this might be a tactic to try to force concessions from the bargaining units... We can't just demand things from them. We need to work collaboratively with them," Quintero said.
Duh! Tactics are part of negotiations and why can't management make "demands"? We always hear about "union demands".
There are two sides in labor negotiations......labor and management. Mayor, do you know what side you are on? According the the dictionary the mayor is an official elected or appointed to act as chief executive or nominal head of a city, town, or borough. If you have a conflict because of your membership in SEIU, maybe you should remove yourself from the negotiating table citing a conflict of interest. It is clear from this website that you are an active member of another SEIU local:
http://www.seiu721.org/2010/02/andre-quintero...
Can you truly represent the citizens. It doesn't sound like it.
This didn't start with Rene or Andre, it was done in light of the massive profits the city would derive from the transit center, all things changed when leung took the cities money. Your redevelopment agency owes a lot of money. Rene is going to bond you to death, this is a is the money there thing, rene is saying no money for humans only for buildings, the city ate the funds sent to be given to citizens for housing recovery and used it on their own projects.

The city council must not sit on the redevelopment agency. But in these hard times, I want my police and firemen taken care of. Screw any more development and bonds. I should be so lucky to even have a city level paying job let alone a 100 per cent pension.
Interesting

Walnut, CA

#9 May 26, 2010
TheTruth wrote:
Let's hear it for the mistruth Mr. Bobadilla told the paper. He doesn't want to continue with negotations as the article states. He has said this is the offer...take it or leave it!! What happened to negotiating? As a matter of fact, he has not even been around, heard he was in Vegas. Because these two units didn't give into his demands, now pink slips are due out Thursday. What happened to negotiating? They say they are broke but they keep hiring new people, even if some are part-time. Who cares...they are still spending my furlough money!! He is asking that the POA and SEIU members continue with these cuts for another 3 years. RIDICULOUS.
Show me the money. Unions think because they run many politicians that money grows on trees. The paper may come from trees. If I have $49 million, but need $53 million, unless my brother is Bill Gates, I need to eliminate some expenses.

I do not know about you, but how many people feel sorry that some medical and retirement costs are being paid by the employees - not me.
Patricia

Monterey Park, CA

#10 May 26, 2010
Jim wrote:
idiot, welfare comes from state and federal money, not city money.
Welfare money comes from us taxpayers. The only money that goverments have is OUR MONEY.

SO, LET'S BE ACCURATE ABOUT THIS.
Leticia

Monterey Park, CA

#11 May 26, 2010
Interesting wrote:
<quoted text>
Show me the money. Unions think because they run many politicians that money grows on trees. The paper may come from trees. If I have $49 million, but need $53 million, unless my brother is Bill Gates, I need to eliminate some expenses.
I do not know about you, but how many people feel sorry that some medical and retirement costs are being paid by the employees - not me.
Let's look at the whole picture:

Our mayor, "Li'l Andre" foisted the $240,000,000 Rio Hondo Boondoggle bond on us.
(We will have to pay more than $400,000,000) back. He sold his soul to the police and
has of late continued his "politicking" hither, thither, and yon.

A. Quintero also brought us the phone tax and sales tax increase.
A. Quintero is a tax-man: spend our money for his own ends. What's new about this?

The Arcadia Council Candidate that he endorsed lost bigtime. Andre's endorsement, we are told, was what ruined the candidate's chances.

Andre Q. will run again for Mayor in 2011--and, yes, there are candidates already gearing up to end A. Quintero's office-holding.

Ambition has no bounds when it comes to A.Q.

Why is there still so much gossip re Andre and family living outside El Monte.

Any good P.I. can prove either way about Andre's abode (he does or does not) live
outside El Monte.

If he does/or has, then remember, folks, it's a felony to falsify one's address when
running for office. The same stories came out when Andre was on our Rio Hondo
Board--but nobody provided any proof.

It's just not that hard to prove.
Manuel

Monterey Park, CA

#12 May 26, 2010
Revolving Wars wrote:
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This didn't start with Rene or Andre, it was done in light of the massive profits the city would derive from the transit center, all things changed when leung took the cities money. Your redevelopment agency owes a lot of money. Rene is going to bond you to death, this is a is the money there thing, rene is saying no money for humans only for buildings, the city ate the funds sent to be given to citizens for housing recovery and used it on their own projects.
The city council must not sit on the redevelopment agency. But in these hard times, I want my police and firemen taken care of. Screw any more development and bonds. I should be so lucky to even have a city level paying job let alone a 100 per cent pension.
Mayor Quintero is actively pushing for constructing a brand new City Hall. I guess he
wants to have a building with his moniker on it: Quintero's Place.

Who's going to pay for this and where's the money, Andre?

Oh, well, when you have your head in the clouds, it's hard to come down and associate with us mortals down her on planet earth.
Manuel

Monterey Park, CA

#13 May 26, 2010
Tired of Stupid wrote:
"I'm concerned this might be a tactic to try to force concessions from the bargaining units... We can't just demand things from them. We need to work collaboratively with them," Quintero said.
Duh! Tactics are part of negotiations and why can't management make "demands"? We always hear about "union demands".
There are two sides in labor negotiations......labor and management. Mayor, do you know what side you are on? According the the dictionary the mayor is an official elected or appointed to act as chief executive or nominal head of a city, town, or borough. If you have a conflict because of your membership in SEIU, maybe you should remove yourself from the negotiating table citing a conflict of interest. It is clear from this website that you are an active member of another SEIU local:
http://www.seiu721.org/2010/02/andre-quintero...
Can you truly represent the citizens. It doesn't sound like it.
Andre, on his SEIU-boasting page writes,

"We also have a brain drain. We want to bring transformative change to El Monte that encourages people to stay here. One initiative I am supporting is guaranteed college for the first two years including text books for kindergartners starting the next academic year. It's a very ambitious plan and I get that, but we have to be thinking like this in order to prepare for the future."

Dear Andre,

Why not just send these little guys and gals (the kindergarteners) and their families to our two wonderful libraries? There are plenty of books there that they can and should check out. Who's going to pay for this college education? YOU?

As for your NO WALMART HERE PLAN--JUST ASK THE LOCALS FOR INPUT AND SEE WHAT WE SAY--IF YOU DARE!
Why, when you were at Rio Hondo, did you not insist that the college bring classes to our community? The college did for seven years--but when you got on the board, you helped destroy that. The off-campus credit classes continue: None in El Monte, but plenty everywhere else. And, the two-year-away Rio construction here sounds great--but bhere's no money to keep the place open.
Revolving Wars

Anaheim, CA

#14 May 26, 2010
Manuel wrote:
<quoted text>
Mayor Quintero is actively pushing for constructing a brand new City Hall. I guess he
wants to have a building with his moniker on it: Quintero's Place.
Who's going to pay for this and where's the money, Andre?
Oh, well, when you have your head in the clouds, it's hard to come down and associate with us mortals down her on planet earth.
I heard the city council, is wanting it not Andre, so if you were going to have a transit center shoved up your nose, a pretty pristine new city hall instead of gondolas, would sound good to anyone in the city.

These raises were promised, pension agreements can't be welched on all the way to the state capitol. It is a fight over money. There is none and the city knows it and the SEIU knows it and the POA knows it and even the learned and unlearned citizens of El Monte know it.

I personally don't want a city manager asking for executive power in city matters. MTA is building the El Monte Busway and Transit center, after we get stable in 4 or 5 years then we can build the other stuff, Stop cutting services to Police and Firepeople, Arson will run wild to cover commercial building loss we already have. Criminals will get more desperate. We lost the best El Monte employees last year. What is glick going to run into the meeting again, after the city had agreed to terminate them, and say they accept the cities terms, and we'll see another false story they agreed at the last minute, Pleeeze I was there.
Sheesh

Monterey Park, CA

#15 May 26, 2010
Revolving Wars wrote:
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I heard the city council, is wanting it not Andre, so if you were going to have a transit center shoved up your nose, a pretty pristine new city hall instead of gondolas, would sound good to anyone in the city.
These raises were promised, pension agreements can't be welched on all the way to the state capitol. It is a fight over money. There is none and the city knows it and the SEIU knows it and the POA knows it and even the learned and unlearned citizens of El Monte know it.
I personally don't want a city manager asking for executive power in city matters. MTA is building the El Monte Busway and Transit center, after we get stable in 4 or 5 years then we can build the other stuff, Stop cutting services to Police and Firepeople, Arson will run wild to cover commercial building loss we already have. Criminals will get more desperate. We lost the best El Monte employees last year. What is glick going to run into the meeting again, after the city had agreed to terminate them, and say they accept the cities terms, and we'll see another false story they agreed at the last minute, Pleeeze I was there.
The money for the transit village is grant money. The purpose of grant money has already been determined. If the state gives the city a grant for construction, the city can't decide to use it for salaries instead.
Truth in Advertising

Palmdale, CA

#16 May 26, 2010
Manuel and Leticia are the same person, David "the sky us falling" Siegrist.
TACOS

Culver City, CA

#17 May 26, 2010
here we hoe again
Reason

Los Angeles, CA

#18 May 26, 2010
Truth in Advertising wrote:
Manuel and Leticia are the same person, David "the sky us falling" Siegrist.
Even if that were true, why should anyone care.

At least I know the Siegrist's are committed to El Monte.
Revolving Wars

Anaheim, CA

#20 May 26, 2010
Sheesh wrote:
<quoted text>
The money for the transit village is grant money. The purpose of grant money has already been determined. If the state gives the city a grant for construction, the city can't decide to use it for salaries instead.
Nobody is saying it can or should be used for salaries, But there isn't enough money to match the funds, or build the darn thing, but the townhalls are a waste of money, and now they are threatening the lay off of another 30 employees.

Quit threatening people with layoffs, file bankruptcy and be done with it.
heres the truth

Los Angeles, CA

#21 May 26, 2010
TheTruth wrote:
Let's hear it for the mistruth Mr. Bobadilla told the paper. He doesn't want to continue with negotations as the article states. He has said this is the offer...take it or leave it!! What happened to negotiating? As a matter of fact, he has not even been around, heard he was in Vegas. Because these two units didn't give into his demands, now pink slips are due out Thursday. What happened to negotiating? They say they are broke but they keep hiring new people, even if some are part-time. Who cares...they are still spending my furlough money!! He is asking that the POA and SEIU members continue with these cuts for another 3 years. RIDICULOUS.
Hey "The Truth" (HA!) AKA POA Board BullSh*%t@er are you referring to the Las Vegas convention that your endorsed candidates (emily, andre, & norma) along with Jay and Pat attended? The yearly convention, the city officials (from numerous cities) attend with the intention to bring businesses & jobs to their city.

As for asking the POA Union ... to continue with these cuts-WHAT CUTS? POLICE OFFICERS NEVER TOOK A PAY CUT AS OTHER CITY EMPLOYEES. Your Tricky President Glick and his group of bullies would not hear of it and still had the nerve to demand a raise in this economic turndown.

So Council and residents be ready to see Glick and his clan at Council threatening and demanding raises.

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