Sex offenders, Police raises, prevailing wages on agendas for Monday Los Al Council Meetings

Registered sex offender Russell Kraus being arrested at a La Habra Skate Park last September for felony child annoyance.

(Los Alamitos, 9/17/2014) This Monday Los Alamitos’ City Council will meet at 4 and again at 6 to:

  • Give Los Alamitos Police Officers raises over the next 4 years of 2.5%, 2.5%, 1.5%, and 0.5% which will largely be eaten up by Officers increased CalPERS payments.  Cost to the City over the next four years are projected at just under $190,000.  Click here for the Agenda Report.
  • Give non-represented City Management staff their first raise in a year and a half, a modest 1% increase, along with a $50 monthly increase in their allowance for insurance benefits.  (Click here for Agenda Report)
  • Confer with Consultant Greg Korduner on contract negotiations with the Los Alamitos City Employees Association (in closed session at end of the 4 pm meeting)
  • Exempt the City of Los Alamitos from Prevailing Wage mandates on locally funded projects (more on this below
  • Interview four Cable TV and Personnel Appeals Commission Applicants, including John Underwood, producer of LosAlTV’s outstanding investigative report on Cypress’ proposed ProLogis logistics facility. (4 pm meeting)
  • Discuss Fund Balance Policies for the General Fund and the Internal Services Fund (click links for Agenda Reports).
  • Review several  Athletic Field Joint Use agreements with the Los Alamitos Unified School District (4 pm meeting)

One theme of the meetings appears to be the current Council’s ongoing focus on fiscal austerity.  This is in marked contrast to actions taken under former City Manager Jeff Stewart like the very generous but backloaded contract given to the Police Officers which has contributed to the current fiscal challenges.

Repeal of law banning Sex Offenders from City Parks:

In addition, City Attorney Cary Reisman recommends repealing the City’s law banning sex offenders from City Parks and some other children’s facilities.  Similar laws were adopted by many Orange County cities several years ago at the urging of OC District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.  This January the Fourth District Court of Appeal unanimously voided similar laws in Irvine and for Orange County Parks.

Basically, the court said the area of restrictions on registered sex offenders was “fully occupied” by existing state law, which imposes numerous restrictions on them.  Once that ruling was handed down, Los Alamitos stopped enforcing their ordinance, in part as a result of an ongoing lawsuit against the City by a registered sex offender.

In his Agenda Report on the proposed repeal, Reisman notes the repeal “s is the appropriate response to the recent appellate court decisions, the threat of a legal challenge and the fact that LAPD is not issuing citations for violation of this ordinance. This is also a reminder to us as parents and caregivers that we must be diligent as we go bout our daily lives.”  (bolding added)

Exempt Los Alamitos from Prevailing Wage requirement:

Since 2012, case law has supported Charter Cities like Los Alamitos who want to exempt themselves from California’s prevailing wage law for locally funded projects. The City of Los Alamitos has not taken advantage of this cost savings tool.

Agenda Item 8F, part of the consent calendar, seeks to save the City money by allowing City staff to take advantage of this exemption.  However, the City Council can still opt to require payment of prevailing wage for projects “of a complexity and nature that the public interest would be served by requiring prevailing wage.”

The resolution appears to apply to firms the City contracts with, but not to City employees.

According to Community Development/Public Works Director Steven Mendoza’s Agenda Report, “Because public works projects vary in size and price, it is difficult to determine an exact dollar amount. However, the City of Los Alamitos anticipates saving money by exempting some locally funded projects from prevailing wage.”

 Click here for the agenda for the 4 pm Special Meeting, which will not be televised as far as I know.

Click here for the agenda and links to all staff reports for the 6 pm meeting, which should be televised.  Nine of the items are on the Consent Calendar, presentations to  Los Al Youth Baseball, Parks & Rec Chair Pete Carvajal for “Parks Make Life Better Month, and Police Chief Todd Mattern for “National Night Out”  kick off the meeting.

As always, your perspective and/or your more detailed reporting on the agendas and agenda reports are encouraged.

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2 Responses to Sex offenders, Police raises, prevailing wages on agendas for Monday Los Al Council Meetings

  1. Robert Curtis says:

    There’s more beyond the surface here. Most people don’t know how easy it is to get put on the Sex Offender Registry. There has been children on the sex offender registry as young as 9 years old. Punitive measures are added Ex-post facto at the whim of any politician looking to get elected (like that of the DA). Making the registrant their new whipping boy for votes. What about the rights of the registrant’s child? Don’t they have a right to be with their parent in parks? These laws break more than constitutional law and the God given right (spiritual law) of a parent to be with their child but it also breaks natural law. Even a mother bear is allowed to be with her cubs, but for a registrant and their child these laws dare to break those fundamental God given rights. Really? Where are we in pre-1945 Germany? Oh, about the sheriff giving out passes for registrants to go to parks. Why would a law enforcement agency give out passes for people to break the law? Sometimes Kids get hurt in parks and beaches. Whether by falling from a tree, drowning or choking on a hot-dog. It seems okay to violate the registrant child’s safety by disallowing their first line of defense (their parents) to be there. Ladies and gentlemen these kind of laws are not for freedom but tyranny. The numbers and facts don’t justify these fear based draconian laws. TRUTH

  2. Robert Curtis says:

    Who’s children were put at risk? The registrant’s child was by not allowing their first line of protection (their parents) to be there for them. Kids often get hurt in parks. Thank God those children by chance didn’t get hurt during the time these horrible, evil punitive measures were in place! Tony Rackauckas used the registrants as his whipping boy for votes to get re-elected. That is not an uncommon thing for politicians but to do so by putting children at risk is beyond belief and itself should be criminal. I think it is vitally important to define to these leaders what harm is more likely to take place in a park. Has there been any history of registrants harming children in parks? No? But there has been history of children sometimes being hurt in parks whether that be by falling from a tree or choking on a hot dog. A registrant’s child isn’t good enough to be protected by their parent because of their parent’s status. That ladies and gentlemen is wrong at the most basic level. About the sheriff’s waiver program…what about the term Law ENFORCEMENT agency allows them to give registered sex offenders a pass to break the law? It’s remiss of their position to do such a thing. TRUTH

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