On the November 28 council agenda is the following item:
5. WORK FURLOUGH: As a result of the Town's fiscal condition, for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 and subsequent fiscal years until rescinded by the City Council, the work days between Christmas Day and New Year's Day shall be an unpaid furlough week for all non-essential personnel as determined by the City Manager. Essential personnel may include, but not be limited to Police, Public Works, and Administrative personnel required to meet the needs of the community as determined by the City Manager. Employees may use accrued vacation or personal holiday time during this period.
As every well-managed company in Silicon Valley does, Atherton is shutting down over the holidays because it's just not possible to get much work done. The employees who wind up not taking their vacation on these days wind up being on vacation as they come in for a few hours over the holidays, since no one is around and there's really no work to be done.
A holiday shut-down is the most benign type of cost-cutting an organization can do, well behind non-holiday shut-downs (as our court system now has; the courts are closed several days each month due to budget problems), layoffs, salary/benefit reductions, etc.
The Atherton Police Officer's Association vindictive diatribe about this move is pasted below. They demand that Cary Wiest, their hand-picked and hand-purchased candidate, make the decision instead of Kathy McKeithen.
I'm sure Cary's refrain would be "this isn't the private sector, it's government," with no real substance or analysis to argue why "government" should be exempt from common-sense cost-savings measures.
Instead, Atherton cops should be thanking Atherton and the council for the great jobs they have, and great salaries and benefits.