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*Maywood, Calif., to city cops and employees: You're fired*

Tiny Maywood, Calif., laid off every single one of its city employees on Wednesday.

But that doesn't mean the city is closing up shop. City Hall will still be open, as will Maywood's park and recreation center. Police will continue to patrol the streets.

They just won't be staffed by Maywood employees. The city can't have any staff because it can't get liability or worker's compensation insurance for them. Maywood's carrier, the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, dropped it earlier this month in part because of several police-related claims.

Instead of declaring bankruptcy, Maywood officials decided to outsource all city functions. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will patrol the streets, while the neighboring city of Bell will cover other city functions, such as staffing City Hall.

Maywood already relies on contract workers and outsources many city services. The director of parks and recreation, for instance, is a contractor, and the city's lights, landscaping and street sweeping are handled by private companies. Los Angeles County maintains the library and fire department.

Some of Maywood's 96 employees -- which include 41 police officers -- will also continue as contract workers. Elected officials, such as the city council and the city clerk, will remain on the job in the 1.5-square-mile municipality, which has about 45,000 residents.

"Odds are residents will see the same faces as in years past, just under a different administrative process," said Magdalena Prado, the city's community relations director, who is a contract worker and is keeping her post.

Maywood is billing itself as the first American city to outsource all of its city services. In an odd twist, officials say it can provide even better services because the shift will help it save money and close a $450,000 shortfall in its $10 million general fund budget.

For instance, the contract with the sheriff's department costs about half of the more than $7 million spent annually to maintain the Maywood police department, Prado said. And patrols will be increased.

"Our community will continue to receive quality services," Mayor Ana Rosa Riso said in a statement. "Maywood's streets will continue to be swept, our summer park programs will continue to operate and our waste will be collected and hauled as scheduled."

*Stressed cities*

A growing number of cities are looking to contract out or share services regionally as the economic downturn takes its toll on municipal budgets.

"Everything is on the table," said Chris Hoene, research director at the National League of Cities. "The fiscal stress cities are feeling mean they are looking for alternative options to deliver services that cost less money."

Some 7 in 10 city officials said they are cutting personnel to balances their budgets, while another 68% are holding off on capital projects, according to a survey the league did in May. More than half of respondents say they will make to further slash city services next year if taxes or fees are not raised.

Not everyone is distressed by Maywood's unusual plan for providing city services. While Jesus Padilla feels sorry for the workers being affected, he thinks things might improve. He's made lots of calls to the county sheriff's department when he worked as a security guard and said officers always responded promptly.

"The council made the best decision it could," said Padilla, a local activist who has lived in Maywood for more than 30 years. "It's going to be good for the city and the citizens."
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*Maywood, Calif., to city cops and employees: You're fired*
Tiny Maywood, Calif., laid off every single one of its city employees on Wednesday.
But that doesn't mean the city is closing up shop. City Hall will still be open, as will Maywood's park and recreation center. Police will continue to patrol the streets.
They just won't be staffed by Maywood employees. The city can't have any staff because it can't get liability or worker's compensation insurance for them. Maywood's carrier, the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, dropped it earlier this month in part because of several police-related claims.
Instead of declaring bankruptcy, Maywood officials decided to outsource all city functions. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will patrol the streets, while the neighboring city of Bell will cover other city functions, such as staffing City Hall.
Maywood already relies on contract workers and outsources many city services. The director of parks and recreation, for instance, is a contractor, and the city's lights, landscaping and street sweeping are handled by private companies. Los Angeles County maintains the library and fire department.
Some of Maywood's 96 employees -- which include 41 police officers -- will also continue as contract workers. Elected officials, such as the city council and the city clerk, will remain on the job in the 1.5-square-mile municipality, which has about 45,000 residents.
"Odds are residents will see the same faces as in years past, just under a different administrative process," said Magdalena Prado, the city's community relations director, who is a contract worker and is keeping her post.
Maywood is billing itself as the first American city to outsource all of its city services. In an odd twist, officials say it can provide even better services because the shift will help it save money and close a $450,000 shortfall in its $10 million general fund budget.
For instance, the contract with the sheriff's department costs about half of the more than $7 million spent annually to maintain the Maywood police department, Prado said. And patrols will be increased.
"Our community will continue to receive quality services," Mayor Ana Rosa Riso said in a statement. "Maywood's streets will continue to be swept, our summer park programs will continue to operate and our waste will be collected and hauled as scheduled."
*Stressed cities*
A growing number of cities are looking to contract out or share services regionally as the economic downturn takes its toll on municipal budgets.
"Everything is on the table," said Chris Hoene, research director at the National League of Cities. "The fiscal stress cities are feeling mean they are looking for alternative options to deliver services that cost less money."
Some 7 in 10 city officials said they are cutting personnel to balances their budgets, while another 68% are holding off on capital projects, according to a survey the league did in May. More than half of respondents say they will make to further slash city services next year if taxes or fees are not raised.
Not everyone is distressed by Maywood's unusual plan for providing city services. While Jesus Padilla feels sorry for the workers being affected, he thinks things might improve. He's made lots of calls to the county sheriff's department when he worked as a security guard and said officers always responded promptly.
"The council made the best decision it could," said Padilla, a local activist who has lived in Maywood for more than 30 years. "It's going to be good for the city and the citizens."
I think we have the same situation in SCS we could or may out source our police services to the Macomb County Sheriffs Depatment, I think they are qualified much more than our guys and they also have many, many reserves with no problems, just call the Sheriff himself he happy to have their service...
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The ax is falling wrote:
<quoted text>I think we have the same situation in SCS we could or may out source our police services to the Macomb County Sheriffs Depatment, I think they are qualified much more than our guys and they also have many, many reserves with no problems, just call the Sheriff himself he happy to have their service...
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The ax is falling wrote:
<quoted text>I think we have the same situation in SCS we could or may out source our police services to the Macomb County Sheriffs Depatment, I think they are qualified much more than our guys and they also have many, many reserves with no problems, just call the Sheriff himself he happy to have their service...
It's amazing how ignorant people are. The sheriffs dept can't handle Harrison twp and taking on mt Clemens as it is. And what makes them more qualified? Years ago, Harrison twp came to st. Clair shores asking the shores to police....
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The ax is falling wrote:
<quoted text>I think we have the same situation in SCS we could or may out source our police services to the Macomb County Sheriffs Depatment, I think they are qualified much more than our guys and they also have many, many reserves with no problems, just call the Sheriff himself he happy to have their service...
. They did as did Eastpointe and the MCSD wants nothing to do with taking over SCS. They can't even handle Mt Clemens even with all the retarded reserves.
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It's amazing how ignorant people are. The sheriffs dept can't handle Harrison twp and taking on mt Clemens as it is. And what makes them more qualified? Years ago, Harrison twp came to st. Clair shores asking the shores to police....
They will get some of our tax dollars, and hire more officers. We don't need our own PD. Petty crap can be handled by 20 people not 125.
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<quoted text>They will get some of our tax dollars, and hire more officers. We don't need our own PD. Petty crap can be handled by 20 people not 125.


Funny I thought the shores only has 85 officers not 125. Only 20 probably not. U should rethink your figures the Sheriffs department cannot handle their obligation in Mt clemens with all the deputies they have. Go on a Friday or saturday evening there's more Clinton cars then sheriff cars. The shores has crime they just don't tell the public. My friend is a cop there and he tells me all the garbage that goes on. I cannot believe all the garbage that has come into the city within the last 5-7 years. you may want to triple your numbers.
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damnable wrote:
<quoted text>They will get some of our tax dollars, and hire more officers. We don't need our own PD. Petty crap can be handled by 20 people not 125.
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I rest my case, another dumb comment from someone who doesn't have a clue. Shores has under 85 sworn officers.... Only half are in patrol.
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After last night's RANT, I think MORE need to come out about the investigation and the OTHER player(s) involved!!!! Run down the the "nickle and dime" now for your candy, it's about it get interesting!!
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I rest my case, another dumb comment from someone who doesn't have a clue. Shores has under 85 sworn officers.... Only half are in patrol.
It would save us money. We still have too many.
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Jack wrote:
<quoted text>It would save us money. We still have too many.
Lavis, use your own name that no one knows anything good about, you ditch digging S.O.B.
Can It Fat Boy

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H I V Special Lavis wrote:
<quoted text>Lavis, use your own name that no one knows anything good about, you ditch digging S.O.B.
I see you use your name, all the time. Just like nothing cumming out of you mouth is bull shi-t.

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