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Press Release | City of Hermosa Beach Statement on Labor Negotiations with Hermosa Beach Police Officers Association

Post Date:01/18/2020 3:00 PM

CORRECTION: UPDATED SALARY COMPARISONS 

CITY OF HERMOSA BEACH STATEMENT ON LABOR NEGOTIATIONS WITH
HERMOSA BEACH POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

City Offers 19% Base Salary Increase over 3 years; Police Union Rejects Offer

HERMOSA BEACH, CA – Following is a statement from the City of Hermosa Beach regarding new developments in the labor negotiations with the police union representing the Hermosa Beach Police, the Hermosa Beach Police Officers Association (HBPOA).

The City of Hermosa Beach’s negotiating team met Thursday, January 16, 2020, for the 18th time since April 1, 2019 with the HBPOA’s negotiating team. The City’s negotiating team provided the HBPOA with a final modification to the City’s last, best and final offer, which proposed a base salary increase of 19% over three years: 7% retroactive to July 1, 2019, 6% beginning July 1, 2020 and 6% beginning July 1, 2021.

The City’s proposal would provide the largest pay increase the City has offered the HBPOA in the last 25 yearsIt would put the City of Hermosa Beach’s police officers’ total annual compensation at $124,544.86 in the first year of the proposal. The salary increase would be applied retroactively to July 1, 2019. 

Beginning July 1, 2020, which is the start of the second year of the proposed contract, Hermosa Beach’s police officers’ total annual compensation would be $131,971, which would exceed Redondo Beach’s police officers’ current total annual compensation and be within 5% of Manhattan Beach’s police officers’ total annual compensation at that time. It would also exceed police officers’ total compensation in several other cities with which Hermosa Beach competes for new recruits and officers. 

The HBPOA’s negotiating team rejected the City’s latest offer. As a result of the HBPOA negotiating team’s rejection, the City notified the HBPOA that the City and HBPOA have reached an impasse.

At this point, there are formal processes to resolve the City’s labor negotiations with the HBPOA. The HBPOA can choose to follow the City’s procedures, under which the City would prepare a statement of issues and schedule a meeting of the City’s and the HBPOA’s negotiating teams with the City’s Employee Relations Officer, which is the City Manager or her designee. The matter would then go to the City Council for a public hearing and its decision on compensation.

Alternatively, the HBPOA can choose to use a process that the California Legislature enacted in the Meyer-Milias Brown Act (MMBA). The MMBA process provides for the assignment of a neutral fact finder to conduct a hearing and issue a recommendation to the City Council, which is made available to the public. The Council then would hold a public hearing and make the final determination on compensation.

Interim Hermosa Beach Police Chief Michael McCrary joined the City Dec. 30, and he has confirmed to City leaders that the Police Department has sufficient personnel to protect public safety. The City Manager has also launched a separate program of retention and recruitment bonuses of up to $40,000 for new officers. The City has not proposed a substitute police agency, such as the Sheriff’s Department.

For more information about the City’s negotiations with the HBPOA, please click here.

About Hermosa Beach

Founded in 1907, Hermosa Beach is a thriving community of some 20,000 residents. Located on the southern end of the Santa Monica Bay in Los Angeles County, with beaches ranked among the best in the world, Hermosa Beach has been recognized for its work to highlight Southern California beach culture, foster a vibrant local economy and protect coastal and environmental resources.

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