September 13, 2023
$10 million service cuts could soon come to San Jose, mayor warns
A fierce San Jose City Hall debate this summer between business and labor interests is now raising concerns over what the long-term financial impact of the pay bumps could portend. The salary hikes forced city councilmembers on Tuesday to make a meager $2.8 million in service cuts — trims that aren’t catastrophic but include a reduction in funding for a major city-run outdoor event. However, in the next five years, with the police and fire department unions preparing to renegotiate their contracts and a gloomy economic forecast, San Jose’s mayor says the city will soon have to slash the budget by around $10 million a year. “We’ve signed up for and committed ourselves to unsustainable raises over the next three years,” said Mayor Matt Mahan in an interview. “The spending is certain. The cuts are unknown.” Mahan said a projected downward trend in certain tax revenues and make the union wage increases particularly untenable for the city’s financial state going forward. The largest cut to services on Tuesday by councilmembers was . The hope is that staff can fundraise the remaining $200,000 so the city can still get a third event. Other cuts were to budget and staff reductions in the Parks and Recreation and Public Works departments, including four vacant crossing guard positions. An overwhelming majority of the public supported saving future Viva CalleSJ events on Tuesday, with many pleading for the city to find a way to retain its funding. “What’s particularly troubling to me about these programs (that are to be cut) are that these address those in our society who have the least,” said James Reber, San Jose Parks Foundation’s Executive Director, during public comment. “The least access to any programs. They’re uplifting. They’re celebratory. And they invite the smallest, the poorest, the most needy among us.” Tuesday’s council meeting also included the first public vote on the union wage increases — with the mayor being the only one to give a thumbs down to the deal — a move that will almost certainly mark a defining moment in the frosty relationship between Mahan and the city’s labor bloc. On Tuesday, the mayor’s decision led to immediate outcry from South Bay Labor Council’s Executive Director Jean Cohen, who oversees dozens of the area’s unions. “It has been disappointing, albeit not surprising, to see Mayor Mahan again abdicate his leadership role to the City Council majority and resort to demagoguery, pitting city services against fair compensation for the city workers that provide them,” Cohen wrote in a statement. “Leaders are elected to serve the public, to find solutions and build consensus, not to decry those upon whom they wish to cast blame Since the mayor can’t deliver on his faulty campaign promises nor work well with others, his only option is to blame his colleagues and the city employees.” In mid-August, two unions negotiating with the city were able to secure 14.5 to 15% wage increases over the next three years for about 4,500 employees, about 3% more than what the city’s best and final offer was before talks broke down in June. The deal — struck by MEF-AFSCME Local 101 and IFPTE Local 21 — averted what could have become the largest employee-led strike in San Jose since 1981. In fighting for the pay increase, the unions argued salaries were not adequate and have led to low morale and understaffed departments in one of the country’s most expensive cities. Jesse Perez, a member of IFPTE Local 21’s bargaining team, called the wage increases a “step in the right direction” and referred to a from the labor-oriented nonprofit Working Partnerships USA which asserts the city has tens of millions of dollars in unspent savings to easily cover worker pay bumps. But Jim Shannon, who oversees the city’s budget, said that the nonprofit’s figure was inaccurate when taking into account that a large portion of the funds already have been budgeted. “So there’s not a bunch of money that we can just increase wages without a tradeoff,” he said.
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Russo-Ukrainian War

The Russo-Ukrainian War has been ongoing between Russia and Ukraine since February 2014.

Russia's war in Ukraine has proven almost every assumption wrong, with Europe now wondering what left is safe to assume.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Media
Raye review – a triumphant act of independence and naked ambition
Sep 27, 2023
Royal Albert Hall, LondonBacked by the Heritage Orchestra, Raye’s hard-fought songs have extra drama, especially when, with radical vulnerability, she sings in her underwear‘No string section, no tiny violin,” goes Raye’s Oscar Winning Tears. She glances over her shoulder and behind her, in a divine sense of irony, is the entire Heritage Orchestra. For one night only at the Royal Albert Hall, the dreams of Rachel Keen are reclaimed in glorious Technicolor: a live, recorded performance of her debut album My 21st Century Blues on a scale befitting the vision she has fought for almost a decade to execute. Having been cuffed to Polydor for seven years, who allowed her (now Mercury-nominated) record to stagnate while they doled out her talents for daiquiri-syrup dance hits, tonight’s operatic reimagining is a triumphant statement of independence.It makes for an incredible collision of worlds: the orchestra bleeds into Raye’s south London DNA, bringing the inherent drama of her music into sharp relief. Fortified by the thrill of strings and an entire choir, the hypnotic dance track Black Mascara reaches biblical levels of retribution. In an album laced with trauma, this musical heft matches the weight of its emotion. Mary Jane, a stripped-back confessional that grapples with addiction, is now replete with lavish saxophone solos and guitar riffs. Raye makes no attempt to hide her enchantment, waving her arms as if conducting the symphony herself, relishing every twist and turn. Punctuated with costume changes from one timeless gown to another, it feels like the realisation of a childhood fantasy. Continue reading...
READ MORE
Watch It
#KylieJenner and #Rosalía are setting #ParisFashionWeek ablaze. 🔥(📷: TikTok) #Shorts
September 28, 2023
NZCivugMMd4
#NickCannon reveals how #MariahCarey helped him through his Lupus diagnosis. #shorts
September 27, 2023
cWkQuRqcHvY
King Kylie has arrived at #ParisFashionWeek. 👑 (🎥: Getty)
September 27, 2023
O00WZb9mAs4
Ice Spice Talks Taylor Swift Friendship “That’s My Sis," Her Dunkin Donuts Collab, and VMAs Win
September 28, 2023
eWXo2scemG0
@notebookmusical “Absolutely gorgeous–not to be missed” (Chicago Tribune). Tickets on sale now. #ad
September 26, 2023
gWsofhT9Dhw
The Golden Bachelor Remembers the Time He Was Catfished on a First Date | This or That
September 25, 2023
tTDfp6r-pz8
Travis Kelce Talks Taylor Swift on Pod & WWE's Jade Cargill's Future | TMZ Sports Full Ep - 9/27/23
September 28, 2023
8wsLmIf-Xvs
CA Governor Gavin Newsom Says Taylor Swift Has 'Unique' Power in Presidential Election | TMZ
September 28, 2023
JKUiE5V6hJM
Who the Bleep is That | Ep 213
September 28, 2023
tz85SVFiaVg
Kris Jenner forced boyfriend to reject ‘Yellowstone’ role #shorts
September 28, 2023
uRDQ0KfW4LA
Kelly Clarkson ran off stage mid-concert after her breast was ‘showing’
September 28, 2023
a5pOY14vKsA
Heather Dubrow addresses Shannon Beador’s DUI, her ‘next steps’ #shorts
September 28, 2023
r43s9GKJcuM
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
27
Sep
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Madrid - Las Palmas
27
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Napoli - Udinese
27
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Inter Milan - Sassuolo
27
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Cagliari - AC Milan
27
Sep
SPAIN: La Liga
Athletic Bilbao - Getafe
27
Sep
USA: Major League Soccer
Colorado Rapids - Vancouver Whitecaps
27
Sep
USA: Major League Soccer
Philadelphia Union - Dallas
27
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - Torino
27
Sep
SPAIN: La Liga
Cadiz - Rayo Vallecano
27
Sep
SPAIN: La Liga
Valencia - Real Sociedad
27
Sep
SPAIN: La Liga
Villarreal - Girona
27
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Verona - Atalanta
27
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Empoli - Salernitana
26
Sep
GERMANY: National cup
Munster - Bayern Munich
26
Sep
SPAIN: La Liga
Mallorca - Barcelona
26
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Lecce
26
Sep
SPAIN: La Liga
Sevilla - Almeria
25
Sep
ENGLAND: Championship
Coventry - Huddersfield
24
Sep
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Real Madrid
24
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Tottenham Hotspur
24
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Aston Villa
24
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Liverpool - West Ham United
24
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Torino - Roma
24
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Bologna - Napoli
24
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Empoli - Inter Milan
23
Sep
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Celta Vigo
23
Sep
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund - Wolfsburg
23
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Burnley - Manchester United
23
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Nottingham Forest
23
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Sassuolo - Juventus
23
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Verona
23
Sep
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Bayern Munich - Bochum
20
Sep
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group A
Bayern Munich - Manchester United
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
zWJ3MxW_HWA L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.