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  • Originally posted by FireDawg924 View Post
    Heard today we are on a hiring freeze. Sorry guys. They are even talking lay-offs. But hiring freeze is a sure thing
    Just curious who heard this from? I was afraid this could happen with the result of this pandemic. I asked a couple guys who work County and they said they haven’t heard of anything. Are they just talking about county employees in general? Excluding the fire and police department. The FD is already short staffed.

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    • The union website is a good source for budget info. The latest update in regards to funding that I could find was a few weeks ago: https://www.local1014.org/index.cfm?...&HomeID=829411

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      • So I talked to a friend whos dad is a BC and he said yes the hiring freeze is true but it will not affect fire department.

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        • Originally posted by WeeWoo View Post
          So I talked to a friend whos dad is a BC and he said yes the hiring freeze is true but it will not affect fire department.
          I have a friend who is a ret bc and he said sept academy is on and possible dec academies

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          • Wouldn’t surprise me if there is a hiring freeze or lay offs. I have no inside knowledge, but look at the writing on the wall. The sherif has been making a lot of cuts and it’s expensive as hell to hire a new body.

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            • To further clarify he spoke on the chiefs meeting that happens occasionally and said that sept academies are not in jeopardy and are in fact looking to maintain the two academies occurring through this. With two more academies Planned in December.

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              • Originally posted by navymech View Post
                To further clarify he spoke on the chiefs meeting that happens occasionally and said that sept academies are not in jeopardy and are in fact looking to maintain the two academies occurring through this. With two more academies Planned in December.
                Good to hear!

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                • After the last hiring freeze, another freeze would be devastating to the department. No way to keep up with retirements, injuries, etc. They’ll have to find the money somewhere, no way they can stop hiring. Just no way.

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                  • Originally posted by WeeWoo View Post
                    So I talked to a friend whos dad is a BC and he said yes the hiring freeze is true but it will not affect fire department.
                    "This is false information" he is what was posted.


                    In the wake of the unprecedented economic crisis sparked by COVID-19, Los Angeles County’s 2020-21 Final Changes budget includes a wide range of curtailments affecting virtually every County department.

                    The $34.9 billion budget, which will be presented to the Board of Supervisors for budget deliberations on Monday, June 29, represents some of the most challenging fiscal decisions in recent County history.

                    The cuts are needed to address a projected $935.3 million budget gap, mostly due to sharp revenue declines at the same time the County also is investing in major response and reopening activities to support its communities during the pandemic.

                    “I am very disappointed to report that significant cuts in County programs and personnel will be needed as a result of the serious economic downturn caused by this ongoing public health emergency,” said Chief Executive Officer Sachi A. Hamai. “This is not the outcome any of us wants to see, especially as our County staff continues to serve with great commitment during this crisis. I want to wholeheartedly thank our more than 100,000 employees for their incredible dedication to public service at this difficult time.”

                    She expressed hope that the cuts can be mitigated in the Supplemental Budget, which will be submitted to the Board in September.

                    “This budget marks a point in time, not the finish line,” Hamai said. “I remain hopeful that we will be able to obtain additional funding from Washington and Sacramento, and we also continue to work with labor on cost-saving measures that could help preserve jobs.”

                    The cuts in the proposed budget include $453.5 million in departmental curtailments and $59.3 million in management cost reductions. To bridge the gap, the budget will also draw on $351.6 million in one-time funding from departmental trust accounts.

                    An estimated $70.9 million drop in Measure H sales tax revenues will be offset with state Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention Program funding of $22.6 million, with other sources of funding expected to be identified in the Supplemental Budget.

                    Overall, the proposed departmental curtailments result in the elimination of 3,251 positions—2,596 vacant and 655 potential layoffs. No layoffs would take place prior to October 1.

                    The proposed curtailments represent an across-the-board cut of 8% for departments funded with what is known as Net County Cost, or NCC—the portion of the budget that is funded with sales tax and other locally generated revenues.

                    Because the largest share—40%—of NCC goes to the County’s public safety departments, including the Sheriff’s Department, these departments are most heavily affected by the cuts. These departments also receive a large share of the state realignment sales tax revenues, which have declined sharply as well.

                    “These proposed cuts are not intended to penalize any department, or to diminish the importance of their work,” Hamai said. “Rather, these curtailments are part of an equitable process of cost reductions that will affect all County departments.

                    “Thanks to our County’s long-standing tradition of responsible budgeting, historically high credit ratings, and investments in rainy day reserves, we are in a better position than some other local governments to respond to this crisis,” Hamai said. “Los Angeles County has always been able to overcome every challenge in our path, and I am confident we can emerge from this crisis stronger than ever to serve the vibrant and diverse communities that make up our great County.

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                      • I just skimmed through all of that, so there might be something I missed, but this sounds like the same talk back in March. Hiring freeze, budget cuts, etc.. First episode of “Chiefs Chat” back in April mentioned that La County Fire hiring will not be affected due to the fact that budget/funding has already been set aside for academies.. I heard that La County Fire needs 500 guys in the field by yesterday, can’t imagine them holding out on hiring

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                        • http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/bo...very&utm_term=

                          Direct link to the entire budget letter that those excerpts were from. It doesn’t detail all of the public safety departments being affected, and HEAVILY emphasizes impacts on Sheriff and Probation. With everything going on there’s no doubt Fire will definitely be affected to an extent, but a positive note is that the letter doesn’t once specifically mention fire hiring budgets. Keep the faith brothers and sisters.
                          Last edited by AM1485; 07-16-2020, 09:49 PM.

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                          • Originally posted by FireDawg924 View Post
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                            Are you in the process with la county or are you still with cal fire?

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                            • Originally posted by navymech View Post

                              Are you in the process with la county or are you still with cal fire?
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                              Last edited by homewardbound; 07-16-2020, 11:17 PM.

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                              • Originally posted by navymech View Post

                                Are you in the process with la county or are you still with cal fire?
                                Left cal fire to go to la county fire call firefighter, but I’m now In paramedic school and should finish in January. I’m not going to test anywhere until I’m out of school. School is stressful enough.

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