10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, June 5, 2011

By BRIAN ROKOS
The Press-Enterprise

The city of San Bernardino hopes to save more than $2.5 million under an agreement with employees represented by the engineers union that will reduce their work hours to 36 per week and eliminate raises for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

The City Council at 3 p.m. today is expected to vote on a memorandum of understanding that would save $168,700 in the 2010-11 year, which ends June 30, and $2,395,800 in 2011-12, according to a staff report.

The agreement that ends June 30, 2012, also changes the percentage of salaries that the city and employees will pay into retirement plans. The union approved the agreement Thursday.

The proposal is on the consent calendar, a collection of items the council considers routine and are usually voted upon without discussion. Any council member or member of the public can request a separate discussion and vote on any item.

Also today, the council is expected to vote on:

creating a redistricting task force that would redraw ward boundaries using 2010 census data that showed a 12 percent population growth since 2000;

spending $40,000 on an updated, more interactive Web-based crime-mapping system that will allow the Police Department to identify crime trends more quickly;

a new paid-advertising plan for its public-outreach campaign on fireworks safety. The proposal, which included the fee for nonprofit groups to sell fireworks, was put off from the May 16 meeting after some council members said they wanted the ad money spent in different publications.

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