GLENDALE : Council Orders Cuts in Payroll, City Hall Hours

To cope with a continuing decline in tax revenues in the wake of the continuing recession, the Glendale City Council on Tuesday decided to close City Hall on alternate Fridays and to offer an early retirement bonus designed to trim the city payroll.

Shortened City Hall hours will begin Feb. 1. The early retirement bonus is designed to reduce staffing by up to 75 workers in addition to the 100 positions already eliminated in the last year. Both measures will also help the city meet its state-mandated goals for reducing air quality emissions.

The council also adopted a business development program to lure more businesses to town and help existing businesses survive.

"The city of Glendale is not immune from the significant problems facing the California economy," said City Manager David Ramsay. "Given the critical role that economic growth plays . . . it is essential that we take an aggressive position in creating a positive business environment."

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