Tuesday, December 13, 2011 – 12:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 – 01:45 p.m.

You gotta hand it to those crack San Bernardino County lawyers.

Based upon recommendations from CEO Greg Devereaux and, according to him, county attorneys, the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to impose a 14% pay cut to Probation Corrections Officers, Coroner Investigators and Welfare Fraud Investigators.

The classifications make up the Specialized Peace Officer Unit represented by the San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association (SEBA).

Supervisors Gary Ovitt, Josie Gonzales and Janice Rutherford voted to impose.

Supervisors Neil Derry and Brad Mitzelfelt voted against.

An act clearly in violation of contract terms.

Apparently county lawyers have now decided the meaning of language specifically extending the agreements term one-year, standard language contained in several county labor agreements, has changed from what it has been for decades.

One has to hand it to their (the attorneys) innovative and usually incorrect legal reasoning.

I’m sure the county is hoping the unit re-votes and approves the their last offer.

Something that could happen.

Also, at Tuesday’s meeting, Mitzelfelt, as expected, gave the fourth vote to pass first quarter budget changes. Changes which he had held up for the past three weeks.