I’m sitting in for Jeff. (Which are big shoes and a big chair to fill). I wanted to provide an update on PBA communications with the City of Hollywood, as it pertains to contract negotiations.
As many of you know, we are at impasse. We have had the hearing with Special Master Kenneth Starr and are waiting for his opinion. While we are waiting for that, PBA Representative Rick Losenbeck, Pension Board Member Chris O’Brien and I have been meeting with the city’s Financial Director, Matt Lalla. The purpose of these meetings was to cost out the PBA proposal and to come to an agreement on those costs. Many times the numbers we have and the numbers the city has do not match. (shocking)
We have met twice with Matt and Lisa Powell from Human Resources. The last meeting was 04/24/13. Some discrepancies have been discovered and have been corrected. The meetings have been very cordial and beneficial for both sides. We are close to agreeing on cost factors, which will help Jeff, Mike Braverman and the rest of the negotiation team when we go back to the table or, if necessary, a public hearing.