City of La Mirada employees get extra time off

first_imgLA MIRADA – The City Council is giving city employees a Christmas present. It’s not more money, but they will be off from work from Dec. 22 through Jan. 1. It amounts to an extra three days since City Hall would have been closed the two weekends as well as Dec. 24, 25 and 31, and Jan. 1. “They’ve put in a lot of extra hours, especially surrounding SPLASH!,” Mayor Steve Jones said referring to the city’s new aquatic center. “We thought it would be a good way of showing our appreciation,” Jones said. “It will be a nice stretch where they can get away. It’ll be a jolt for morale.” It’s also not a bad time to take off because city business tends to slow during the holiday season, he said. There’s also no real financial cost, City Manager Andrea Travis said. “Ultimately, it doesn’t cost anything except in lost productivity,” Travis said. “The employees were funded to be here.” Recently approved by the council, the resolution calling for the time off also included other improvements for employees. It establishes a cell phone allowance of $40 per month to reimburse employees who do not have a city-issued phone and are required to use their own to conduct city business. Life insurance will be increased to $75,000 and employee discounts of about 20 percent for city programs will be established. In addition, the number of years working for the city to qualify for a supplemental retirement program was reduced from 15 to five. Travis said this change will allow the city to attract people in the later part of their career, who might not spend 15 years working for La Mirada. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsJones and others say this is a one-time benefit. Essential services and programs scheduled for then will continue, Jones said. For those employees having to work, they will receive 27 hours of floating holiday to be used prior to June 30. Councilman Pete Dames said he appreciates all the extra time employees have put in completing the aquatic center, a new zoning ordinance, expansion of the sheriff’s station and new street signs. “They performed,” Dames said. “They’re getting paid to do it, but they’ve gone above and beyond.” last_img

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