Redevelopment Ends, Some Programs Survive

February 1 marked the end of redevelopment for 400 cities and counties in California. The transition for employees represented by Local 21 has been smoother in some places than in others. Here is a brief run down:

San Leandro & Hayward

San Leandro is still determining next steps following the dissolution of Redevelopment. The Union is meeting and conferring with Hayward administrators over the impact of layoffs and bumping.

Richmond

Employees have been assured that their jobs will run through the end of the fiscal year. Local 21 and the City are working closely together to find ways to keep remaining staff employed.

San Francisco

San Francisco has a completely separate agency, which is being folded into the City structure. Issues like different job classifications and retirement systems remain to be worked out. More than 50 members Local 21 were handed ‘pink slips’ by the Agency effective March 31. We hope to begin transition discussions as soon as next week. At stake, are high profile projects like Hunter’s Point, which need to move forward as the project staff transition to the City.

Oakland

The City initially handed out layoff notices to nearly 2,500 civilian employees while they figured out which 150 employees to layoff. After active lobbying by Local 21 members, fewer than 65 members are expected to bump or be laid off. We are continuing to advocate for flexible placement for as many people as possible.