Redevelopment Shortfall Forces City To Cut Jobs


The effects of Gov. Edmund Gerald Brown’s shuttering of the state’s redevelopment agencies continued this week when the city sent lay-off notices to six of its employees.

The positions – Economic Development manager, Neighborhood Services field representative, Redevelopment project manager, administrative analyst and a pair of planning assistants – received their notices on April 30, which will be effective June 28.

“Three are management and three are non-management,” said the city’s Public Information Officer Tom Lorenz earlier this week.

The job cuts come as the first crest of a wave of 30 that the city has expressed are necessary to keep its budget in line. Redevelopment paid for over $6.5 million in salaries; the cuts are projected to save the city approximately $3 million.

Further news of cuts comes hard on the heels of news earlier this year regarding the doubt that further economic improvement as well as funding for locations like the Alex Theatre is in jeopardy.

“Unless there is a job opening in another department before the lay off date, those occupying the positions will out of a job,” said Lorenz.

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