Tonight, after being rejected by the majority of the City Council the first time around, City Staff is back with the “Reduced Work Time Option” Policy aka the Jennifer Ott rule. Essentially this new policy was designed to provide flexibility for
Alameda Point Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Ott non-exempt staff to work 3/4 time or 2/3 time depending on need. As you all should know, City Staff is already on a four day a week schedule which made wrapping my head around an even less than that but more than part time schedule a little much.
So the first time City Staff introduced it, I believe the proposal was still to allow full benefits even at 3/4 or 2/3 time work. Now it appears as though the benefits have been pro-rated based on what the working schedule is. That I can live with, I was having problems with full benefits under a reduced work schedule, but can see how staff was urging that this would be okay.
City Staff thinks that this option is super necessary to provide flexibility for staff, I’m pretty meh about it.
The City Council will also be taking up the issue of raising fees for Park and Rec type things. The biggest change is the fee for the youth leagues which the staff report notes makes more fair for teams because the old rate structure encouraged teams to book as much time as they could even if they didn’t need it which meant that some teams couldn’t get any field time at all. Which makes sense because despite hearing that there was no space or open slots, I would always see the fields around my neighborhood park empty.
Another big change is allowing a smaller number of tables to be rented for picnics or parties which I think is a great idea and will allow for more parties to happen depending on how many tables are needed for individual events.
So here’s what the old fee vs the proposed fees look like.