Beyond Hypocrisy, Indeed

At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, Chico Police Officers Association (CPOA) president Peter Durfee addressed the Council regarding the $25,000 Supplemental Appropriation for the City’s labor negotiator. (Quené also addressed the item, but I want to leave that for a separate post, since my comments will differ significantly.) When we posted the meeting notice, we mentioned that Durfee had also commented on the original appropriation to hire the negotiator, saying in part that $80,000 would certainly not be enough money to complete negotiations with all nine bargaining groups and asking, what then?

So, on Tuesday, Durfee spoke again saying, “I told you so” and calling the City’s negotiator a “hired gun.” Here’s the brief video clip of his comments:  Durfee_Hired Gun

Quené followed him at the podium, and after she finished speaking there was a discussion among the Councilmembers, during which Mark Sorensen opined that complaining about the City having a hired gun when the CPOA had one of its own was “beyond hypocrisy.” Here’s the video clip containing that comment: Sorensen_Beyond Hypocrisy

Newsflash: The City has three top Executive Team members, each with a six-figure salary, whose job descriptions include “labor negotiations.” The CPOA does not. Now, I’m not saying one way or another whether I agree with some of the tactics used by the safety groups during negotiations. I am saying, however, that comparing CPOA’s resources with the City’s is the height of hypocrisy.

If the City’s Executive Team does not have someone qualified to negotiate, among the half million dollars plus in salaries it pays to the three who are supposed to be doing it, perhaps the citizens should take another look at who should be filling those positions rather than dipping into the Emergency Reserve Fund (and the taxpayers’ pockets) to fund an additional six figure contract to correct the deficiency in internal talent. Just sayin’…

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Posted on February 8, 2014, in Budget, Meetings, Rants and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. The CPOA’s “hired gun” has been with them as long as I can remember. He was the rep when CPOA still included dispatch.

  2. I want to know what is wrong with the citizens of Chico who just sit back and allow the Council to run the city further and further into debt while those “fat cats” at the top chuckle all the way to the bank.

    • Me, too. I’m going to write another piece on that $25,000 supplemental. Wait till you hear what Gruendl said in response to Quené. They are spending down Fund balances at an unprecedented rate and shouldn’t have a word to say about whatever deficit spending was done in the past. By my count, they passed a half million dollars by mid-year. And now that staff is bringing supplementals forward at nearly every meeting, rather than quarterly, they are almost impossible to track. I asked Constantin about that. He said Finance is looking at all aspects of how to report out to Council. I believe they will be in for a big surprise when they see what they’ve already spent.

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