Reno City Council cancels contract; city attorneys take over legal fight

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Updated: 6/26/2014 4:49 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- A different direction may be emerging on the Reno City Council as the city deals with tough budget challenges.

The city has been locked in an ongoing legal battle with the Reno Fire Fighters Association over the layoffs of 32 firefighters, but that fight may be on a different course.

This fight will have new attorneys on board. The City Attorneys will take on this case, because two council members refused to continue the city's contract with the private law firm, Fisher and Phillips.

To continue the contract, the vote had to be unanimous and it was not. Discussion about paying the firm up to $600,000 became contentious, and in the end, Reno Mayoral candidate Hillary Schieve and Councilmember Oscar Delgado voted to stop the contract.

This debate and decision followed an injunction by a Washoe District Judge that temporarily halted the city's firefighter layoffs that was supposed to happen July 1.

After the vote, Schieve and Delgado explained their votes. "I think at the end of the day, no one really wins," said Schieve. "I mean, public safety isn't winning, the city of Reno isn't winning. The only one that really wins at the end of the day is the attorneys."

"We had an attorney client meeting earlier that morning, where we asked the simple question, 'Do you see an end game to this? where are we at with this,'" added Delgado. "There wasn't a defined time line and so that really worried me."

Both Schieve and Delgado said they do not support any lay-offs at all, but it leaves at least a $3 million budget gap in the budget. The big question is what would get cut.
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sierra11 - 6/27/2014 3:03 PM
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Must be a $3 Million dollar deficit this year(in just the fire dept.). Does the City think they will find a magic pot of gold in the next three months? If they do I believe 35 Accountants and Admin employees need to go first! If your savings and checking accounts are overdrawn you can't keep spending on your credit cards. Which brings us to the banks.....they are sitting on foreclosed houses but have Not filed final foreclosure(pretty crafty eh?). So long as the house is in the homeowners name they are not paying property tax, the banks must be writing it off to a bad debt-No Revenue! Business profits are still low..........the OLD low is now the NEW high, again No Revenue. Commercial buildings are still vacant..No Revenue, the list goes on. We cannot sustain a Fat local government of 2008 anymore, if the City, County and State cannot balance expenditures to revenue income they will bankrupt! Come on folks and get with it! The rest of us have had to endure and adjust to this pathetic economy!

axehandle - 6/27/2014 10:57 AM
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freedomrings- if you actually took the time to look at the details of the court upheld injunction you'd find that all the judge did was defer layoffs until the arbitrator makes the ultimate decision. The city agreed that the arbitrator is the final word, the disagreement lies in laying/harming folks irreparably. The city says losing your paycheck for 3-4 months while waiting for a court decision doesn't harm anyone, the union thinks otherwise. Not sure why I even try and educate folks like yourself that build your opinion on serious matters via 30-second headlines and sound bites, so I guess the fault is mine. You should do your research on the topic, you may surprise yourself. Oh, and if I might also suggest removing 'always' and 'never' from your views going forward, you may actually discover the truth all by yourself.

freedomrings - 6/27/2014 9:55 AM
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More of the same, exactly what we don't need. Give the scum-sucking unions what ever they want because a couple council members can't see the big picture. One million to break the unions back now, or a 100 million on salaries and pensions later. If this is what Schieve brings to the table then voters need to have second thoughts about her as Mayor in November.

COMANCHE - 6/27/2014 8:06 AM
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Like all dems Schieve and Delgado have never seen a public employee union proposal they didn't like. That's why we are in this predicament in the first place. Should city workers really make 3 X the income of those they protect?

fastd - 6/26/2014 6:27 PM
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Well at least now we know why you were running all the hit pieces about the firemens contracts,providing cover for the city.The city council of Reno,who lost their cooperation agreement with the county fire service.The same city council that the city of Sparks was having problems with when it came to revenue sharing agreements.People of Reno come november you need to stop shuffling the chairs in city gov.and elect people who have your interests in mind and not just the downtown casinos and feathering their own and their friends nests.

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