July 21, 2020
Board of Supervisors Moves Forward with Plan to Ask Voters to Shift 10% of General Fund to CBOs
Today, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, on a vote of 4-1 with Supervisor Barger as the sole “no” vote, approved a last-minute motion by Supervisors Kuehl and Solis to place a measure on the November ballot to shift 10 percent of the County’s unrestricted General Fund to “direct community investment” and “alternatives to incarceration,” phased in from 2021 to 2024. 

Although the Probation Department does not presently see layoffs resulting from this action if the voters approved it, the 2020-21 Recommended Budget for the Probation Department includes $670 Million in unrestricted General Fund resources – 67 percent of the total Department budget.

Local 685 – in concert with other public safety unions, AFSCME, SEIU, and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO – was actively involved in 11th hour efforts to move the Supervisors along another path.

Further, The Los Angeles Times published a scathing editorial denouncing the motion in today’s newspaper. Despite all efforts, the United Way-drafted measure was approved by a super-majority of the Board of Supervisors.

A report on the “processes and procedures” to put the measure on the November ballot, along with the draft ballot language, will be brought to the Board for consideration at the July 28, 2020, meeting.

We will keep you advised of our next steps.
General Membership & Stewards Meetings Canceled for August

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and orders from local, state, and federal officials, the Local 685 General Membership and Stewards Meetings are canceled for the month of August 2020. 

Please stay safe and healthy in these difficult times!
COVID-19 Resources

This page is a resource for Local 685 members to have access to official County/Department forms and memos from the County regarding COVID-19's impact on County operations and County employees. Please check here routinely for the latest update from the County and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).