Can an Initiative Save Vallejo?
Visiting the Bay Area recently, I noted stories in the local papers detailing how the city of Vallejo is still teetering on the edge of ...
Visiting the Bay Area recently, I noted stories in the local papers detailing how the city of Vallejo is still teetering on the edge of bankruptcy (third item). With the city council apparently running short on magic wands, a group of local activists hopes that a ballot initiative can help solve the city's problems:
Frustrated with the financial train wreck in Vallejo, a group of residents said Wednesday that they hope to place an initiative on the fall ballot that would give the city more power in negotiating with its unions.
The group, called Citizens for Vallejo, wants to remove binding arbitration from the city charter, which would mean that labor disputes would no longer be decided by a third-party arbitrator. The city has lost every dispute that went to arbitration, including a ruling last year over minimum Fire Department staffing that is costing the city $4 million a year.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
State Budgets Aren't Accounting for Obamacare Repeal13 hours ago
On Voter ID, U.S. Supreme Court Won't Hear Texas Appeal -- Yet15 hours ago
Obamacare Repeal or Not, New York Orders Insurers to Cover Birth Control and Abortions16 hours ago
Fear of Trump Deportations Drives California to End Immigrant Health-Care Plan16 hours ago
Amazon Adds Vermont to List of States Where It Collects Sales Taxes16 hours ago
After Homeless Die in the Cold, Portland Opens Some Doors for the First Time16 hours ago