Thursday, December 23, 2010

Pacifica city hall, services and facilities are open

during the week between Christmas and New Year. Some San Mateo county city services will close. 

Driving by the Pacifica community center (Crespi Drive), I was happy to see the center open, and their neon sign advertising lunch is being served to seniors. Today Silicon Valley Mercury News advised that Belmont, San Carlos, Daly City, and San Mateo city halls, many facilities, services will be closed for the entire week (12/24/10 through 1/2/11).  Of course this is a cost savings measure, but these holidays are also stressful for citizens, and there may be outstanding business that requires completion by the end-of-the-year. Glad to see the city of Pacifica will be "open and doing business" (except for Fridays 12/24 and 12/31) as described by city clerk, Kathy O'Connell.  This year Christmas day and New Year's day occur on Saturday. 
From Silicon Valley Mercury News 12/22/10.  Check out your library books and pay your water bills now, because cities across San Mateo County will be closing their facilities for up to 10 days starting this week in an effort to save money.  In San Mateo, only emergency facilities such as police and fire departments will remain open from Friday through Jan. 2. It will be the first time in memory that City Hall, the main library, the two library branches, the senior center and other recreation centers will all be closed during that span.

Belmont, San Carlos and Daly City will also close city facilities from Dec. 24 through Jan. 2. All cities say they will restore business as usual on the morning of Jan. 3. Even though Christmas and New Year's Day fall on Saturdays this year, all cities in the county say they will observe the holidays and close facilities on the Fridays beforehand, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. In some cases, facilities will close early or all day on the Thursdays before the holidays, Dec. 23 and Dec. 30.

The cities also say they will have their public works crews on standby in case strong rains or wind cause emergencies. In most cities, the employees who typically staff the buildings will have to take unpaid time off, although in some cases they can take paid vacation days. Several cities have implemented mandatory furlough days as part of employee concessions, and a good chunk of the unpaid time off will come next week.  Belmont City Manager Greg Scoles said the closure is about timing, since fewer people typically walk into City Hall or other facilities during the holiday weeks.  And if cities are going to require furlough time, it makes sense to do it at a time when employees want time off anyway, officials said.Scoles said the closure is about timing, since fewer people typically walk into City Hall or other facilities during the holiday weeks. 

"Demand drops down significantly during this season," said Matt Bronson, assistant city manager of San Mateo. "That's why you'll see a lot of different agencies taking this opportunity to save money and let (their employees) enjoy the holidays with their families."  The big savings for cities, almost all of which are going through budget problems, are through employee pay reductions.  In San Mateo, for instance, three-quarters of city spending is on employees.  But the cities will also save some money on utilities and other costs. In San Mateo, the furloughs are part of cuts that will total $2.2 million this fiscal year.

Posted by Kathy Meeh


Flo Derby said...

Probably some day, City offices will not remain open due to furloughs. What a perfect time to give people leave without pay! Bah!

On the City topic, is it true JV did not show up for the Reorganization of Council? Anyone know why?

mike bell said...

Why didn't Vreeland show up for the reorganization??????


He knows he doesn't have to show up to regular council meetings, committed Commission meetings, re-election campaigning or crucial votes.

He knows that the best chance for re-election is to take both sides of every issue and feign illness or conflict of interest if an uncompromised position is required.

He knows that Pacifica is mostly uninformed but his supporters will vote as a block.

He knows that no matter how badly he behaves or how much damage he causes, his supporters will look the other way as long as they benefit.

todd bray said...

Mike, think about running in two years.

vreeland said...

Todd, you know it all, you think about running in two years.

Kathy Meeh said...

So you know nothing, "idiot vreeland", same as me, huh! Mike and Todd could both run for city council. So could you if you knew anything.

The real "Vreeland" knows plenty, but just doesn't use his talent to improve the city. We can thank his 12 years with 4 more to go for a "poor city".