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We regret to inform you that the El Segundo City Council has officially declared “impasse” with the El Segundo Police Officers’ Association in regards to contract negotiations. Since our last contract expired on 10/01/14, members of the ESPOA have been negotiating in good faith with the City in an effort to come to a fair resolution. Last week, the El Segundo City Council presented the ESPOA with a “last, best and final” offer, which contained a multitude of cuts. The ESPOA views this “offer” as appalling, to say the least! For the City Council to demand cuts when the City is not only in the black, but also has a bright financial outlook, we believe their “last, best and final” offer to be insulting.
In 2010, during the recession, members of the ESPOA conceded approximately 13% of its salary and benefits in an effort to help the City get through a difficult financial time. In July 2014, we learned the City had recovered well and was projecting a budget surplus Read more ... When you say the words “first responders” who comes to mind? Police, Fireman, EMT? But what about teachers? It is no longer adequate to place all of the responsibility for our children’s safety in the hands of our teachers during an attack and not take the time to properly train them to accomplish that task. Nor is it acceptable to simply tell them, "Lock your classroom door, turn out the lights, hide in a corner and pray that the attacker doesn’t pick your room."
Today, the nation’s law enforcement officers are better prepared to respond to an active shooter than ever before. Unfortunately, statistics show that many of these incidents are over before law enforcement can even get there to help. There is no doubt that Read more ...