Vista lays off 15 city employees

VISTA — It was no joke. The city of Vista laid off 15 employees from several departments April 1. On March 17, City Council enacted a number of service reductions to fill a $6.4 million shortfall in the city’s 2009-2010 $68.1 million budget. The latest round of terminations was a result of that, Vista Communications Officer Andrea McCullough said.
Cut positions include two custodians and three park maintenance workers, two fire inspectors, a clerk, a code enforcement officer and five community
development administrators including Principal Planner Vicki Parker. The cost savings is $910,000.
Being management, Parker was laid off immediately, but the other terminated employees will work until May 28. The city will cover their benefits for 90 days after that. If the city has need for the former employees within the next two years, they will be restored to their old jobs with no applications or interviews — if the city can afford them, McCullough said.
“We wouldn’t guarantee anyone at this point,” she said. “There’s no way.”
This is the second round of layoffs just this year; 14 jobs having been eliminated in January. The current number of unfilled city positions is 59.


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