Nice to see that Gordon’s the only one tonight who’s asking about those two items on the consent calendar that involve either giving people a nice raise and promotion or creating a whole new job classification that isn’t needed.
Gordon wants to know the same thing we do about those two non-credentialed library supervisor jobs being proposed by staff. He’s not buying the new library director’s insulting gobbledy-gook tonight about not wanting to harm the “children’s division” and our 21st-century community’s sense of “satisfaction” because the head people might have to do some of the proposed work instead.
The new director also seriously double-talked about whether or not these two new jobs would be filled by current people (through a nice automatic promotion) or by recruitment from the outside. Her final words indicated the latter.
Nice work hiding behind the kids that way too, btw. We can see why she got the job: she’s obviously a bullshitter and master phony. Perfect for modern management. But Gordon’s more right than he knows about the serious non-need for these two new $50,000+ jobs. They’re not necessary, staff didn’t make a good claim for them in their report (the branches are so confused about their 30-year-old circulation policies!), and whatever training needs there are down there can all be performed by the current management and supervisorial employees.
Just like they’ve always done, 21st century or not. It won’t hurt the kids if they do them either. What an insult to our intelligence to try to bring the “childrens’ division” in as such pious backup. We’re surprised Rogers didn’t bring up a puppy or two as well to help cheer her on.
Gordon’s also good tonight about those BWP promotions and salary increases, as well as a topic we didn’t get into yet: the lax master schedule that’s being set up for next year’s council calendar. Basically they’re going to be sticking to the statutory minimum of two meetings a month.
Bottom line? Next time you hear staff or any of the council members besides Gordon talk about a budget crisis or budget deficit, don’t believe them. Tonight they will be approving a broad array of salary increases, automatic job promotions for current employees, and several new and unnecessary management/supervisory positions at the (supposedly underfunded) Burbank Public Library.
Tightening our belts eh? What insensitive hypocrites these council-majority folks are. And as always, their obvious annoyance over Gordon’s questioning was almost palpable across our computer screen.