In the summer of 2011, city council approved the closing of administrative offices on Fridays in response to budget and staffing reductions.
According to the staff report for next week’s city council meeting agenda item, “many city administrative employees work a 36-hour, four-day work week, there were many staggered schedules that created inefficiencies for the public and city staff.”
Now, staff say, many Alameda residents prefer to book facility rentals and program registrations in person, and with a growth in recreation and parks department programs, there is increased demand to open the office on Fridays.
Curiously, staff assert there will be no additional cost associated with this change. The department’s office assistant schedule would adjust to Tuesday through Friday.
Full-time services specialists already work Monday through Friday at the office.
The Management and Confidential Employees Association is reportedly on board with the changes.
City staff say that opening on Friday expands and improves customer service to the community and allows for greater flexibility for the recreation and parks department.