The “Other” Option.
Last night, after listening to nearly two hours of public commentary which was unanimously and vehemently against outsourcing the San Carlos Police and Fire services, the City Council of San Carlos nonetheless advised the City Manager’s staff to continue investigating outsourcing as the primary option for balancing the budget in San Carlos. (It makes one wonder what the purpose of speaking at the Council meeting accomplishes?) But ironically, continuing to investigate this option is probably not a bad idea, because I believe they will find that cost savings that are being touted are severely overestimated, in part because they’re being gleaned from very preliminary proposals from both the Sheriff’s office and Cal Fire — AND because the level of service outlined in both proposals are not the same level of service that we have today. It will be interesting to see what the savings really look like when a more accurate comparison is done. Apples to apples.
But what about the “other” path that was proposed by the City Manager two weeks ago — the path that called for “cuts across the board,” instead of outsourcing Fire and Police Departments? After all, the whole reason that outsourcing is being so heavily pushed by the City was to avoid the draconian cuts that were proposed in this path. But have we given up on looking into budget cuts? I hope not, because on further analysis of what has been done to date, it’s very evident that more work needs to be done.
Flatter, not Fatter.
I have been through enough Silicon Valley re-organizations to know that cost savings are achieved in a re-org by “flattening” an organization. In other words, you end up having more employees reporting to fewer managers. It’s called efficiency, and it’s a key reason why middle-level managers are always a prime target during layoffs. >>> Click Here to Read the Full Post
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