The city begins its trimming of sick leave payouts at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, when three unions and Unit 99, which consists of the city’s top administrators, agree to end sick leave payouts for any employees hired on or after Sept. 30. This will be a negotiated battle that continues into next year with other labor unions, especially fire and police.
Also on the council agenda for Tuesday:
Taxi Drivers were taking meetings with almost all of San Jose’s councilmembers last month. A heated battle has been going on between the men and women—but mostly men—of taxi cab companies that chauffeur people fresh off planes. Taxi San Jose, the dispatch system for cab drivers at Mineta San Jose International Airport, has a contract set to expire at the end of this month. City staff recommends extending that agreement three years. Some of the cab companies (not Yellow Cab), however, prefer to have an RFP process.
Councilmember Pete Constant’s absence from the Aug. 28 council meeting—so he could attend the Republican National Convention—will be changed from excused to unexecused.
The council will approve the agreement that will install PBID security teams to patrol downtown.
The council will hear an update on Team San Jose’s performance as well as future projections. Despite having a great year for 2011-12, the future isn’t so sure. The Convention Center expects a huge dropoff in attendance because of the expansion and renovation—more than 260,000 people less. Combine that with the NHL owners likely beginning a lockout tomorrow, which could result in some if not all San Jose Sharks games being canceled, and San Jose could be in for a difficult economic year. City spokesman David Vossbrink told KQED a missed season could result in $200 million dropoff.
The council will likely modify when the public will be notified of future public hearings.
The council will approve a payback agreement between the city and county to pave roads that used to be unincorporated.
Click to see the City Council Agenda for September 18, 2012.