Wednesday, June 19, 2013
It may take a strong mayor to get rid of management and bring back the workers that does the work. All the budget cut it is the same thing of laying off the front-line-work force and adding more management. The crocked city management are closing your pools and cutting your services while H.R. and mangement hires more one hundred thousand dollar plus a year managers. Also someone claimed that their was labor reps at the city council meeting which was a lie, they are to incompetent to do anything and never show up. Local 39 are crocks in action for they take their members money and do not represent them.
Dear Mayor, City Council:
We would like to point out to Sacramento’s City Council, and to others should the need arises, that the quality of the building inspections that being done today by the city’s building department are beyond shameful, and if things do not change legal action will follow. Our city inspectors are given close to twenty inspections a day, and there is no way any building inspector, no matter how experienced, could properly handle that kind of work load. Because of these unreasonable expectations, inspectors are forced to sacrifice quality in favor of quantity, potentially leaving several building problems unnoted.
The inspectors are complaining that Intern City Manager Gus Vina and the Sacramento’s City Council have failed to fire the building department’s dishonest managers and associates who gave away millions of dollars by overlooking laws, permits, regulations, and inspections. This as you know caused the laying off of the frontline workforce that had nothing to do with violating laws, procedures, regulations, etc. We would all hope that these employees will someday get their day in court because this seems to be somewhat illegal, pink-slipping innocent employees because of management’s criminal activity. All of us agree if you would fire these managers and associates the department would have the funds to bring back inspectors to help out with the daily workload. Mr. Mayor and members of the City Council, you need to find a city manager with a successful track record, not someone who is tied to the “good-old-boy” system.
Let us consider this “good-old-boy” system. City managers and assistant city managers have always engaged in meetings, whether mandatory or not, to keep everyone on the same page as far as policies and procedures are concerns. Assistant City Manager Mr. John Dangburg, whose job it was to supervise Mr. Bill Thomas and the Community Development Department, was well aware of the corruption that existed there, as did then his fellow assistant city manager Gus Vina, who happens to be one of his best friends. One should ask Mr. Vina why he seems to be in a big rush for the city council to acknowledge him as a certified city manager. There must be some dots that need to be connected, and yet perhaps, something that has been overlooked that would disqualifies Mr. Vina from this position of city manager.
Recently Mr. Gus Vina, as interim city manager, placed a heaver work load on inspectors by pink-slipping many of their colleges, adding fuel to his false claim that he has right size the city. Most of us were led to believe that Mr. Vina intention was to right-size the city by the firing of management personnel in order to bring back many needed building inspectors. Not only did this not happen, but it reveled a true message to all of us that the corrupt management is still in control of the city, and one of their members presides over the most important set of the city, that of city manager. It appears that Mr. Vina knows if one destroys the front line work force, one also eliminates the necessary checks and balances maintained between management and personnel.
I sincerely hope that the City Council understands what happens as results of cutting corners and promoting an unqualified and egotistic candidate to the position of city manager. The City Council will yet again bear the brunt of a huge problem when it blows up into their face, as this one surly will. Once again, the Council will be shamed by the public when their homes and business places begin to deteriorate and fall apart because of rushed inspections.
Mr. Mayor and Council Members please due your diligence and find a city manager who can solve problems without creating new ones. The City of Sacramento needs, and deserves, someone with solid experience, who is not only productive, but ethical. Mr. Gus Vina is the antithesis of such person.
January 1 of 2011 the new Cal-green building laws come into effect and we have a Mayor that's claiming to be a green mayor. One could only wonder how can one achieve that when the building inspectors are only inspection life/safety issues, for the building Inspectors are overwhelmed with work of up to 20 inspections or plus a day and one would have to say you Mayor has failed and should restructure the building department.
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