RL NEWS of the Week Ending June 13, 2014

  • 06/13/2014
  • Reporters Desk

Unofficial Election Results: Central SP Neighborhood Council
SAN PEDRO — The results from June 10 election for the board of the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council are below.
Results become final in a few days when the appeal filing period closes. The new board will be seated July 8 and officers will be elected by board appointment at that time.
Carrie Scoville, Sue Castillo, James Preston Allen, Frank Anderson, Kali Merideth, Donald Galaz, Karen Ceaser, Danielle Sandoval, Debbie Rouser, Alexander Hall, Katherine Gray, Jose Guerrero, Grant Hartwell, Collin B. King, Debra A. Hunter, Andrea Serrao and Khixaan Obioma-Sakhu were elected to the neighborhood council.

LB City Council Votes on Lifeguard Staffing, Training Rules
LONG BEACH — On June 10, the Long Beach City Council voted 8-0 to receive and file communication from the fire chief to the Marine Safety Division staff regarding staffing the city’s four rescue boats.
The five-month-old plan would lead to additional training for lifeguards and temporary staffing changes on a city rescue boat.
The Long Beach Lifeguard Association opposed the plan, which involves temporarily placing a fire captain on a rescue boat while lifeguards undergo 80 hours of firefighting training because of questions about the type of training that would be required and budgetary concerns regarding temporary staffing.
In January, the city was ordered to pay a worker’s compensation claim with regard to two lifeguards injured. Their duties included using fire equipment.
The training proposal requirement was presented in February, when the city’s human-resources department sent the union a letter stating that some lifeguards were performing firefighting duties without the necessary training, including the state Fire Marshal’s Fire Fighter I certification. The letter stated that lifeguards’ duties must either eliminate firefighting duties or requiring certification.

California teacher tenure laws ruled unconstitutional
LOS ANGELES — On June 10, a Los Angeles judge ruled that state rules governing tenure are unconstitutional in Vergara v. California.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu said such laws harm poor and minority students who get stuck with bad teachers.
Treu issued an injunction blocking tenure laws for public school teachers but placed a stay on the ruling pending an appeal, noting that teachers have a right to due process when they are being targeted for dismissal.
An advocacy group on behalf of nine young plaintiffs by called, Students Matter, filed Vergara v. California in May 2012. The group alleged that the laws violate students’ constitutional rights to an equal education. The suit named the state and two teachers’ unions that later intervened as defendants — the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers.
The group’s lawyer Theodore Boutrous argued that five laws should be deemed unconstitutional, saying tenure and other laws made it too time consuming and expensive to dismiss ineffective educators.

Garcetti Seeks Personnel General Manager
LOS ANGELES — On June 10, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the launch of a nationwide search for a director of personnel for Los Angeles to replace longtime General Manager Maggie Whelan, who is retiring on June 30.
Whelan, appointed General Manager by Mayor Richard Riordan in 2000, is stepping down after a distinguished career spanning more than four decades with the City. Whelan is a member of the USC Master of Public Administration Advisory Board and a member of the city’s Board of Deferred Compensation Administration, which manages a $3.5 billion Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Retirement Plan). She also chairs the city’s Joint Labor Management Benefits Committee which has oversight of the plan design of the city’s $229 million Flex Benefits Program.
Along with administering the hiring of nearly 6,500 new police officers during the years of LAPD expansion, Whelan is known for leading the centralization of human resource staff from 23 departments under the personnel department to reduce overall costs and improve the overall personnel performance citywide.
Whelan served as president of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources, IPMA-H, the leading professional organization for public sector personnel specialists. She is a recipient of the Muriel M. Morse Achievement Award by the Western Region of IPMA-HR and authored a chapter in the book “Leadership Secrets of Local Government Human Resource Officials.”
Steve Harmon of Citygate Associates will conduct the nationwide search for Whelan’s successor.
During the interim after Whelan’s retirement date, former Assistant General Manager David Luther will be acting personnel director.

Garcetti to Hire 10,000 Local Veterans by 2017
LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today a new regional veterans hiring initiative called “10,000 Strong” aimed at getting 10,000 veterans jobs by 2017.
The initiative brings together over 100 companies and 40 non-profit and public-sector partners to offer supportive services or jobs for veterans.
Through this initiative, the city’s Worksource Centers, as well as regional service providers such as the California State Employment Development Department, the Veterans Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service and the Los Angeles County Worksource Centers will connect veterans to companies looking to hire them. The over 100 employer partners (listed in attached document) have offered to hire veterans over the next three years. By connecting and coordinating these services, they expect 10,000 veterans to find gainful employment.
Additionally, the Mayor’s Office will convene monthly meetings of local public and private service providers to coordinate services for veterans across the region, including job training, housing, healthcare, and job placement.

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