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City of Santa Barbara and Police Union Reach Labor Agreement

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SANTA BARBARA, CA – 10/28/2010

SANTA BARBARA - CA: The City of Santa Barbara reached a tentative agreement for labor concessions with the Police Officers Association (POA).  The agreement will provide over $945,000 in labor cost savings for this fiscal year that can be attributed to the City’s General Fund.  The agreement has been ratified by members of the POA.   

The agreement with the POA covers 137 police officers (sworn) and 47 non-sworn employees at the Police Department.  The agreement will generate a significant cost savings to the City, amounting to approximately $945,000 in Fiscal Year 2011 and $780,000 in Fiscal Year 2012, equivalent to a 5% and 4% salary reduction in each year, respectively.  The agreement will not significantly increase costs in Fiscal Year 2013.  

Specifically, the Police Officers Association agreed to the following:


Sworn Personnel (Police Officers)

Contributing 3.5% toward their PERS retirement benefits through June 2011, 3% until September 2011, and 2.67% through June 2013

Implementing 12 hours of furlough or leave without pay per year in Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012

Forgoing specified uniform allowance payments in Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012

Suspension of vacation and holiday cashouts for Fiscal Years 2011, 2012, and 2013

Salary increases in phases beginning in October 2011, amounting to 4.5% over three years

Increases to the monthly family medical benefit of $50 in 2011, an additional $50 in 2012, and an additional $75 in 2013

Non-Sworn Personnel (Dispatchers, Parking Enforcement Officers, and Other Civilian Staff)

Relinquishing 36 hours of paid holiday time in Fiscal Year 2011 and 12 hours in Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013

Implementing 12 hours of furlough or leave without pay per year in Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012

Forgoing specified uniform allowance payments in Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012

2.5% salary increase in phases beginning in July 2012

The City and POA also agreed to reopen the agreement and resume labor negotiations in Fiscal Year 2013 in the event of a fiscal emergency. 

The police officers joined managers, supervisors, general employees, and firefighters in reducing salaries and benefits to help address the City’s $9 million budget shortfall this year.  As a result of overall labor concessions, the City Council balanced the Fiscal Year 2011 budget and added funding for four police officer positions and one fire captain position, in addition to restoring numerous budget cuts affecting all departments. 

The City and the POA have been in negotiations since January of this year.  It took ten months to reach an agreement, the longest period of any labor group negotiating with the City of Santa Barbara. 

According to Employee Relations Manager Kristy Schmidt, “We’re pleased to have reached an agreement.  We wish it could have been accomplished in a more constructive, solution-oriented manner from the beginning, but it will help the City balance its budget and reduce service impacts to the community.”

City Administrator James Armstrong added, “With labor negotiations nearing an end, I greatly appreciate the help of City employees who voluntarily reduced their salaries and benefits to close a $9 million deficit this year.  Our budget problems are not over. We still face an uncertain economic climate and rising employee retirement costs. This is just the beginning of a long journey for all of us.”

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Santa Barbara Equine Assistance and Evacuation Team, Inc. 2nd Annual Fundraiser BBQ

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Santa Barbara Equine Assistance and Evacuation Team, Inc.
2nd Annual Fundraiser BBQ
October 16, 2010
Santa Barbara Equine Evac invites you to partner with us to support the equine community and individuals in need of our services in times of natural and other types of disasters involving horses and other large animals. Please join us at our 2nd Annual BBQ and Fundraiser on Saturday October 16, 2010 at the Santa Barbara Carriage and Western Art Museum from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We are expecting an afternoon of fun, friends, good food, demonstrations, and entertainment.
The Santa Barbara Equine Assistance and Evacuation Team, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, which assists all Santa Barbara County emergency responding agencies and large animal owners in the evacuation, temporary care and sheltering of large animals in time of fire, flood, earthquake and other disasters or accidents. Equine Evac also provides education and demonstrations for many local public events, agencies and organizations.
We are asking for your support by pledging a donation to our event. Item(s) donated to the auction will directly benefit the community of Santa Barbara and are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Of course we will also gladly accept monetary donations as well. Please visit and click on upcoming events for complete event details.
Thank you for your consideration to support our organization. We look forward to partnering with you.
Mark Granaroli President, Board of Directors (805) 892‐4484
Your support of our event will allow us to support individuals and animals in time of disaster and other needs, purchase equipment necessary for the rescue, and care of animals, and maintain the high standards of training of our volunteers in Santa Barbara County.
Santa Barbara Equine Assistance and Evacuation Team, Inc.
P.O. Box 60535 ~ Santa Barbara, CA 93160

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Don't Waste Water. Get a Rain Sensor

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SANTA BARBARA, CA - As winter approaches, so does the season for rain.  To avoid leaving your sprinklers on when it’s raining, get a free rain sensor from the City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program.  City residents can call 564-5460 to schedule a free water checkup.  At the checkup, if the water customer has a sprinkler timer, the City Water Resources Specialist will hand out a rain sensor.

A rain sensor is an irrigation shutoff device that prevents an automatic irrigation controller (sprinkler timer) from turning on during and after a rain storm.  These devices override a scheduled irrigation when a sensor on the shutoff device detects water.  When the collected rainwater has evaporated from the device, scheduled irrigations resume.


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Street Lighting Conversion Phase Complete After October 5th

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SANTA BARBARA, CA – October 4, 2010 - The Cliff Drive Underground Utility Assessment District (UUAD) Project will complete another project milestone when the newly installed streetlights are lit on October 5th.  Significant visual improvements will be completed when Southern California Edison (SCE) removes overhead utility lines and "tops off" the wooden utility poles along Cliff Drive.  Existing cobra head light fixtures on the wooden poles will be removed and the new green streetlights will be energized.  Due to the timing of the transition, all streelighting along Cliff Drive may be illuminated at once. 

Verizon and Cox Communications will complete undergrounding the remaining overhead utility lines this winter through the spring of 2011.  The utility poles will then be completely removed during the final phase of the project.

The project is located on Cliff Drive from Salida Del Sol to approximately 400 feet west of Mesa Lane, including surrounding streets, and when complete, will place underground all existing overhead wires and facilities that supply electric, communication, or similar services.

The Cliff Drive UUAD Project is a joint effort by SCE, Verizon, Cox Communications, and the City of Santa Barbara, and is funded predominately by SCE rate-payer fees. For additional information, please visit the Underground Utility Program website at , or contact Tim Gaasch, Supervising Engineer, at (805) 897-2502 or at tgaasch (at)

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