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Mr. Keith Breskin

City Manager

King City Pools

HQ Phone: (831) 385-5790

King City Pools

411 Division Street

King City, California 93930

United States

Company Description

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Background Information

Employment History

City Manager

City of King

Executive Director

Lawndale Redevelopment Agency

Senior Consultant

Kosmont Companies

City Manager

Lawndale, City of

Affiliations

Active Member
League of California Cities

Board Member
Redwood Empire Insurance Consortium

Education

Bachelor of Science
economics
University of California Los Angeles

Master of Business Administration
economics
University of California Los Angeles

bachelor's degree
economics
UCLA

master's degree
business administration
California State University , Los Angeles

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City Manager Keith Breskin ...

www.dailybreeze.com [cached]

City Manager Keith Breskin is the target of a no-confidence vote by the union representing Lawndale employees.

Lawndale City Manager Keith Breskin has led the community through some of its most prosperous years, but a city employee union claims he has also wreaked havoc in the process.
Breskin's "erratic demeanor and behavior" has prompted the union to schedule a no-confidence vote against him on Tuesday, according to a letter sent to city workers in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
"We have provided an opportunity for this hostile and vindictive behavior to be analyzed and cured through paid professional help," the letter states. "There has been no change in his hostile behavior toward employees."
It is rare for an employee group to hold a no-confidence vote, and it has not occurred in Lawndale in at least the past 20 years. The move signifies a strong polarization between Breskin and the union.
Details of Breskin's alleged hostile behavior were not described by employees, who said they feared retaliation from him.
...
Since Breskin was hired, the city has experienced years of prosperity - despite a nationwide economic recession. General
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fund reserves are healthy, the city has built a new park, launched a major capital improvement plan and planned a new community center.
Asked about the union's allegations, Breskin said he can't comment on specifics but that he is proud to be city manager of Lawndale and said the employees are overall a "tremendous" group.
"Unfortunately, there always seems to be some number of unhappy employees in any organization," Breskin said. "Regarding the accusations made by the union, they simply are not accurate. Further, the union has never filed a grievance regarding my actions in my five years here."
Lawndale AFSCME President Jamie Rodriguez said that one grievance has been filed against Breskin.
...
The City Council is responsible for hiring and firing the city manager - so the union vote will not, in itself, affect Breskin's employment.
...
According to news reports, Breskin was fired from his previous position as city manager of King City - where he worked for four years - amid similar complaints from employees in 2004. Breskin countered by suing King City for a severance payment and claimed that he was actually fired for being a "whistle-blower" regarding the mishandling of city funds. But, in 2006, Breskin asked and was granted a dismissal before the case could go to jury trial, court records state.
Before landing in King City, Breskin was city manager of Arcata for three years until he was not offered a contract renewal in 2000. Breskin was one in a series of city managers who quickly fell out of favor with the City Council majority there.
In 2005, the Lawndale City Council voted 4-1 to hire him. Two years later, the city contracted with Barron Center Inc., a company that specializes in improving working relationships. The goal of the contract was to provide professional development and leadership skills to the city manager and some department heads, according to city documents.
The union letter claims that the city did so solely to manage Breskin because of employee threats then to take a no-confidence vote. The city has since renewed its contract with the Barron Center, spending about $50,000 in total for its services.
The union letter states that employees met with Breskin in 2007 about the problems and agreed to defer a no-confidence vote until Barron Center workers had time to try to resolve the conflicts.
...
"I think it's simply people that have maybe done something wrong or are not good at their jobs," said one employee who supports Breskin but asked not to be identified.


City Manager Keith Breskin ...

www.dailybreeze.com [cached]

City Manager Keith Breskin is the target of a no-confidence vote by the union representing Lawndale employees.

Lawndale City Manager Keith Breskin has led the community through some of its most prosperous years, but a city employee union claims he has also wreaked havoc in the process.
Breskin's "erratic demeanor and behavior" has prompted the union to schedule a no-confidence vote against him on Tuesday, according to a letter sent to city workers in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
"We have provided an opportunity for this hostile and vindictive behavior to be analyzed and cured through paid professional help," the letter states. "There has been no change in his hostile behavior toward employees."
It is rare for an employee group to hold a no-confidence vote, and it has not occurred in Lawndale in at least the past 20 years. The move signifies a strong polarization between Breskin and the union.
Details of Breskin's alleged hostile behavior were not described by employees, who said they feared retaliation from him.
...
Since Breskin was hired, the city has experienced years of prosperity - despite a nationwide economic recession. General
Advertisement
fund reserves are healthy, the city has built a new park, launched a major capital improvement plan and planned a new community center.
Asked about the union's allegations, Breskin said he can't comment on specifics but that he is proud to be city manager of Lawndale and said the employees are overall a "tremendous" group.
"Unfortunately, there always seems to be some number of unhappy employees in any organization," Breskin said. "Regarding the accusations made by the union, they simply are not accurate. Further, the union has never filed a grievance regarding my actions in my five years here."
Lawndale AFSCME President Jamie Rodriguez said that one grievance has been filed against Breskin.
...
The City Council is responsible for hiring and firing the city manager - so the union vote will not, in itself, affect Breskin's employment.
...
According to news reports, Breskin was fired from his previous position as city manager of King City - where he worked for four years - amid similar complaints from employees in 2004. Breskin countered by suing King City for a severance payment and claimed that he was actually fired for being a "whistle-blower" regarding the mishandling of city funds. But, in 2006, Breskin asked and was granted a dismissal before the case could go to jury trial, court records state.
Before landing in King City, Breskin was city manager of Arcata for three years until he was not offered a contract renewal in 2000. Breskin was one in a series of city managers who quickly fell out of favor with the City Council majority there.
In 2005, the Lawndale City Council voted 4-1 to hire him. Two years later, the city contracted with Barron Center Inc., a company that specializes in improving working relationships. The goal of the contract was to provide professional development and leadership skills to the city manager and some department heads, according to city documents.
The union letter claims that the city did so solely to manage Breskin because of employee threats then to take a no-confidence vote. The city has since renewed its contract with the Barron Center, spending about $50,000 in total for its services.
The union letter states that employees met with Breskin in 2007 about the problems and agreed to defer a no-confidence vote until Barron Center workers had time to try to resolve the conflicts.
...
"I think it's simply people that have maybe done something wrong or are not good at their jobs," said one employee who supports Breskin but asked not to be identified.


City Manager Keith Breskin ...

www.whittierdailynews.com [cached]

City Manager Keith Breskin is the target of a no-confidence vote by the union representing Lawndale employees.

Lawndale City Manager Keith Breskin has led the community through some of its most prosperous years, but a city employee union claims he has also wreaked havoc in the process.
Breskin's "erratic demeanor and behavior" has prompted the union to schedule a no-confidence vote against him on Tuesday, according to a letter sent to city workers in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
"We have provided an opportunity for this hostile and vindictive behavior to be analyzed and cured through paid professional help," the letter states. "There has been no change in his hostile behavior toward employees."
It is rare for an employee group to hold a no-confidence vote, and it has not occurred in Lawndale in at least the past 20 years. The move signifies a strong polarization between Breskin and the union.
Details of Breskin's alleged hostile behavior were not described by employees, who said they feared retaliation from him.
...
Since Breskin was hired, the city has experienced years of prosperity - despite a nationwide economic recession. General
Advertisement
fund reserves are healthy, the city has built a new park, launched a major capital improvement plan and planned a new community center.
Asked about the union's allegations, Breskin said he can't comment on specifics but that he is proud to be city manager of Lawndale and said the employees are overall a "tremendous" group.
"Unfortunately, there always seems to be some number of unhappy employees in any organization," Breskin said. "Regarding the accusations made by the union, they simply are not accurate. Further, the union has never filed a grievance regarding my actions in my five years here."
Lawndale AFSCME President Jamie Rodriguez said that one grievance has been filed against Breskin.
...
The City Council is responsible for hiring and firing the city manager - so the union vote will not, in itself, affect Breskin's employment.
...
According to news reports, Breskin was fired from his previous position as city manager of King City - where he worked for four years - amid similar complaints from employees in 2004. Breskin countered by suing King City for a severance payment and claimed that he was actually fired for being a "whistle-blower" regarding the mishandling of city funds. But, in 2006, Breskin asked and was granted a dismissal before the case could go to jury trial, court records state.
Before landing in King City, Breskin was city manager of Arcata for three years until he was not offered a contract renewal in 2000. Breskin was one in a series of city managers who quickly fell out of favor with the City Council majority there.
In 2005, the Lawndale City Council voted 4-1 to hire him. Two years later, the city contracted with Barron Center Inc., a company that specializes in improving working relationships. The goal of the contract was to provide professional development and leadership skills to the city manager and some department heads, according to city documents.
The union letter claims that the city did so solely to manage Breskin because of employee threats then to take a no-confidence vote. The city has since renewed its contract with the Barron Center, spending about $50,000 in total for its services.
The union letter states that employees met with Breskin in 2007 about the problems and agreed to defer a no-confidence vote until Barron Center workers had time to try to resolve the conflicts.
...
"I think it's simply people that have maybe done something wrong or are not good at their jobs," said one employee who supports Breskin but asked not to be identified.


City Manager Keith Breskin ...

www.dailybreeze.com [cached]

City Manager Keith Breskin is the target of a no-confidence vote by the union representing Lawndale employees.

Lawndale City Manager Keith Breskin has led the community through some of its most prosperous years, but a city employee union claims he has also wreaked havoc in the process.
Breskin's "erratic demeanor and behavior" has prompted the union to schedule a no-confidence vote against him on Tuesday, according to a letter sent to city workers in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
"We have provided an opportunity for this hostile and vindictive behavior to be analyzed and cured through paid professional help," the letter states. "There has been no change in his hostile behavior toward employees."
It is rare for an employee group to hold a no-confidence vote, and it has not occurred in Lawndale in at least the past 20 years. The move signifies a strong polarization between Breskin and the union.
Details of Breskin's alleged hostile behavior were not described by employees, who said they feared retaliation from him.
...
Since Breskin was hired, the city has experienced years of prosperity - despite a nationwide economic recession. General
Advertisement
fund reserves are healthy, the city has built a new park, launched a major capital improvement plan and planned a new community center.
Asked about the union's allegations, Breskin said he can't comment on specifics but that he is proud to be city manager of Lawndale and said the employees are overall a "tremendous" group.
"Unfortunately, there always seems to be some number of unhappy employees in any organization," Breskin said. "Regarding the accusations made by the union, they simply are not accurate. Further, the union has never filed a grievance regarding my actions in my five years here."
Lawndale AFSCME President Jamie Rodriguez said that one grievance has been filed against Breskin.
...
The City Council is responsible for hiring and firing the city manager - so the union vote will not, in itself, affect Breskin's employment.
...
According to news reports, Breskin was fired from his previous position as city manager of King City - where he worked for four years - amid similar complaints from employees in 2004. Breskin countered by suing King City for a severance payment and claimed that he was actually fired for being a "whistle-blower" regarding the mishandling of city funds. But, in 2006, Breskin asked and was granted a dismissal before the case could go to jury trial, court records state.
Before landing in King City, Breskin was city manager of Arcata for three years until he was not offered a contract renewal in 2000. Breskin was one in a series of city managers who quickly fell out of favor with the City Council majority there.
In 2005, the Lawndale City Council voted 4-1 to hire him. Two years later, the city contracted with Barron Center Inc., a company that specializes in improving working relationships. The goal of the contract was to provide professional development and leadership skills to the city manager and some department heads, according to city documents.
The union letter claims that the city did so solely to manage Breskin because of employee threats then to take a no-confidence vote. The city has since renewed its contract with the Barron Center, spending about $50,000 in total for its services.
The union letter states that employees met with Breskin in 2007 about the problems and agreed to defer a no-confidence vote until Barron Center workers had time to try to resolve the conflicts.
...
"I think it's simply people that have maybe done something wrong or are not good at their jobs," said one employee who supports Breskin but asked not to be identified.


South Bay briefs

www.dailybreeze.com [cached]

Pending final approval next month, City Manager Keith Breskin will begin earning $145,000 a year, about a 12 percent raise from his current pay.

He has been at Lawndale's helm for about ,18 months -- a fairly long stint for a city that has employed more than a dozen city managers since 1987.
Breskin has worked with cities throughout California in various positions.Most recently, he spent four years as city manager of King City before its City Council unanimously voted to fire him in May 2004.
He subsequently filed a claim for breach of contract and personal injury, saying King City's council terminated him without cause and owed him about $82,000 in pay and health insurance.
In April, King City lost in arbitration against Breskin.

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