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October 03, 2000|Tariq Malik, (714) 965-7172, Ext. 13

City officials said they will meet today with representatives of the Huntington Beach Police Officers Assn. and a state mediator to resolve an impasse in ongoing labor negotiations.

After more than three months of negotiations, talks stalled Sept. 19. The parties agreed a week later to bring in a state mediator to help get negotiations back on track.

Today's meeting begins at 1 p.m., city officials said. The city is offering a 10.47% salary increase for the first year of a four-year contract, followed by a 3% inflationary increase each subsequent year. The police union wants 13.25% the first year and 3.5% the next.

Huntington Beach officers' salaries now rank 21st out of 22 Orange County cities, and 14th with benefits. City officials said their proposal would bring salaries up to the fifth-highest, and salaries and benefits up to third place.

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