Long Beach City Manager Takes Aim at Overtime Spending

Schnirman seeks more stringent rules amid ongoing fiscal problems.

this week wrote to city officials and unions leaders to cease overtime spending after he announced that eight departments have already exceeded budgeted overtime by 40 percent, approximately $544,000 collectively, just six months into the 2011-12 budget.

Schnirman issued a memo on Monday that stated overtime costs in 2011 were $2.3 million, and given the city’s economic woes these costs are “simply unaffordable,” according to the Long Beach Herald. Schnirman’s memo reads:

“The City of Long Beach must discourage the use of overtime except when extra hours are required by emergency situations or are unavoidable. It is the responsibility of both the City Manager’s office and our department heads to manage overtime in a way that will ensure overtime use is kept to a minimum and that costs are justified. This policy applies to all city departments and agencies.”

When in early January, just weeks after Schnirman laid down his immediate agenda, stating that the new administration would take “immediate actions to address the fiscal crisis, declaring a fiscal emergency and implementing new aggressive spending and overtime controls.”

Days later, Schnirman appointed Lt. Michael Tangney the acting commissioner of the , and Tangney was immediately tasked to take control of the department's overtime budget. He added seven officers and two sergeants to the patrol force, and restructure the from a police officer detail to a detective function, with two detectives assigned to run the unit, all in an effort to curtail overtime costs.

At their first meeting Jan. 17, the new Democrat-majority administration , which in part would address spending controls and overtime policy, as well as give the city manager greater authority to control and veto spending.

The city manager and council members said they will reevaluate the language in the resolution and present it to the public again at their next meeting Feb. 7.

* This story was corrected on 2.2.12.

Wanttoknow January 26, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I for one am not happy with the rumor mill of old timers coming back to do a job they couldn't do before. Hoping this isn't true but is this "new" Rec. Commish this guy Bobby Piazza in this 2002 lawsuit or is he the son? http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ny-supreme-court/1192341.html I am baffled and at one time amused by City Hall antics but I find myself agreeing with our local dissociative personality Patch commenter Margaret/Jim/Shawn. When family and friends APPEAR to be hired for PARTY vs. QUALIFICATIONS. Obviously we all know each other if we’ve grown up in Long Beach, but like it or not this City is changing and we need to be accountable on every level. If we are to cut jobs/spending why are those recently given the pink slip needing to be replaced? Can the Patch do some fair investigative reporting?
seth sand January 26, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Tangney's reorganization is costing a fortune-. He and his loyalists (PBA pres/exec officer/) are racking up O/T while screwing with anyone who opposes him and 'unprofessionalizing' the police dept. for his personal glorification and revenge. All O/T slips are being held until after Tangney is made permanent commish and then will be submitted quietly for time and a half in their time banks. The city will pay out this O/T upon their retirement at a higher rate of pay. Its doubtful the new city manager is aware of this ploy- but Tangney is a master manipulator and doesn't care how he screws the tax payers.
Candygram for Mongo January 26, 2012 at 08:36 PM
is this the truth? We need to show this proof to the City Manager to uncover this controversy
inplainsight January 26, 2012 at 08:50 PM
back to the rec- brand was on the o/t wagon and do what you want, just look the other way when padding the rec with relatives. shame, nice guy caught up in something bigger than him. piazza also has no recreation quality, but his management experience will weed out the worst at the rec.
Margaret January 26, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Democrat Friends and family hired (f&f is friends and family) Mike Tagney new police commissioner...........................f&f................ check New city manager secretary, Zapsons friend..................f&f................ check Karrie Mollet new asst city manager, Zapsons friend.... f&f...............check Jeff Nogid new comptroller... friend................................f&f..................check Larry Benowitz hired in City Hall......dem friend..............f&f..................check Mike Robinson dem friend who falsified education........f&f..................check Bobby Piazza new parks & rec commish...friend ..........f&f...................check --Do we still have to ignore the campaign promise of NO friends and family?!?
David Ross January 26, 2012 at 11:42 PM
If the City employs all out of towners, if will not work. And if it hires all townies, it will not work either. I hope that competent people are hired. The last administration failed in that regard, and maybe the current one will also. So far it seems that in one month this group is getting an F grade on how it dismisses long time employees. Kind of sad for a group labeled as professionals. And about the deficit, it is not $48 million, as the patch reports along with other groups, media, blogs, etc. The deficit is likely to be 4 million, still alot of money with only 5 months to go in the fiscal year. Why doesn't the administration just correct the misinformation? Why doesn't Patch, SBC blog, or Herald get it straight. Or do they all just want to watch a comedy of misinformation? ...just saying...
Margaret January 26, 2012 at 11:57 PM
They will not correct the gross exaggeration because they are all very liberal media outlets and even if it means printing incorrect information, they will do so if it is in favor of who they support.
kim k January 27, 2012 at 12:14 AM
It is very obvious that this media outlet is in full support of Zapson/ Tangney/Kohut. You'll never see an objective article here.
Candygram for Mongo January 27, 2012 at 12:52 AM
The Liberal definition does not really translate well down to the local level in this case. Thats more of a Fox News buzzword than anything . After all, look at the party affiliations of the previous "coalition" members. Speaking of whom, how were they treated in previous years by these same so-called liberal media outlets (honestly do not know)
David Ross January 27, 2012 at 01:03 AM
@margaret - not likely, if they took sides why didn't they blast the b.s "balanced budgets" of the last administration? It's my guess that the "medias" are like almost everyone, including you and me ie. kept in the dark. While all the administrations, including the present one talk transparency they don't really want most of their business made public, eg. personnel rosters, resumes w/ qualifications of appointees, contracts, etc. You know... we're suppose to trust them, they're qualified and they have looked out for us, and always will.
Abraham Dorfman January 27, 2012 at 05:41 PM
So what else is new? Same old. Just like the Republicans did too.It`s the new American way,but just like the old way.
LBLover January 27, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Margaret.. do we need to go over the list of Republican hire? Everyone who lives in LB is friends and family to someone! I only ask that the friend and family member that is hired can do the JOB! Also think it is wrong that the new controller is making 15,000 more! In a year, if he can work out this mess with out raising taxes then I would gladly give him the 15,000.
Lori January 28, 2012 at 12:58 AM
David - sadly the $48mm is coming directly from City Hall - I called and was given the same information. Does anyone in the new administration know the difference between a deficit and debt? This $48 million in general obligation debt represents the City’s total in bonded indebtedness. Those are the municipal bonds that were generated over the past thirty years to borrow the money that went to repairing or rehabilitating the City's infrastructure. It would be akin to saying the schools (and the residents as taxpayers) are facing more than $90+ mm in deficit now that the bond has passed to renovate the district fields and facilities. This is not the case! That is how school districts and municipalities finance capital projects. I agree that $4mm is a large number and any deficit is scary - but let's be accurate and factual.
barry greene January 28, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Not often that i agree with you Jimmy, but you have alot right here. Word is that the adelson this is total BS. Completely run by Zapsan. Shameful. I didn't har the Benowitz name as an appointment. The girl in the Manager office didnt go to college? Does feel disappointing. After your childhood friends raped and pillaged this town, I never thought that they would look good. Now.....the controller stormed out. Adelson has been invisible, all the new hires are getting RAISES!! And the word out of City Hall is the red ink is $15 million and no end in site. Boy not good......Oh and that Robertson guy. Stop lying about the College thing. Just not true Jimmy.
Ben March 10, 2012 at 06:01 AM
I still can't get over this puppet saying he's the one to lower OT.. Guess what LB? OT is less because we have not had more than a flurry of snow in comparison to last year with all the OT needed for the great clean up our CSEA workers do. OT is also less because ince Hurrican Irene, there hasnt been another major weather situation requiring OT- Last year the OT was racked up from one of the worst winters on record in LB and for the worst hurricane in years and years to hit LB- The decline in OT isn't thanks to you Jack, it is thanks to mother nature!


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