In one of her final requests as a San Jose councilmember, Nancy Pyle asked the Rules and Open Govt. committee on Wednesday to let the City Council discuss an audit regarding staffing levels and employee bumping to different positions due to layoffs, resignations and retirements.
The committee told her to kick rocks.
Pyle, whose last meeting will be Dec. 18 after serving two terms on the council for District 10, was surprised the committee would not grant her request.
“As someone who has been on the council for eight years, I would have liked to make some observations about the staffing inadequacies,” she said.
Pyle added that the reason for denying her request could be because Mayor Chuck Reed wants a clearer majority to implement new policies on bumping—policies that would be adamantly opposed by public employee unions. Her successor, Johnny Khamis, is far more conservative on financial issues and publicly supported pension reform through Measure B, while Pyle did not.
Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio, who sits on the Rules committee as well as the Public Safety, Finance and Strategic Support committee, which first approved the audit’s consideration by council in January, said that the report wasn’t time sensitive, and there is already plenty on the next two weeks’ agendas, including developer agreements and a potential ban on EPS to-go boxes at restaurants.
“Rather than rush a dialogue, have it in January,” Oliverio said. He added, “The voters in Almaden have chosen to have one less voice the next four years” opposing Reed’ and the council majority’s fiscal agenda.
While no vote can take place on accepting the audit’s findings, Pyle does have the opportunity to bring it up for discussion at council because it was an item on the Rules agenda.