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A California Budget That Reflects Plenty Of Dollars — But Less Sense

A California Budget That Reflects Plenty Of Dollars — But Less Sense

  . By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views We have a $9 billion surplus, but taxes on cell phones are going up to finance a repair of the 9-1-1 system.  We have the money but the Democrats want to nickel and dime us to Texas—or poverty, whichever comes first. “At present, Democrats occupy 55 […]

Santa Paula: Creative Budget FY 2018-2019

Santa Paula: Creative Budget FY 2018-2019

By Sheryl Hamlin While the Santa Paula council was celebrating a slightly higher reserve ($60,000 increase in Fund 101), there was no discussion about the creative budgeting and speculative nature of the proposed budget. Here are three creative techniques deployed in the budget: 15% of the General Fund budgeted revenue is derived by transferring costs […]

Santa Paula Budget Recommendations Fiscal Year 18/19

Santa Paula Budget Recommendations Fiscal Year 18/19

By Sheryl Hamlin Highlights City Manager Rock produced his first full-year budget since joining the city in May 2017. The budget report was informative, including a detailed, cross-referenced plan for the expenditures of the Measure T monies. Police receive a 15% raise and thereafter 5%. Other employees get 5% raises for several years. All employees […]

Workshops | City of Oxnard Unveils Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019

Workshops | City of Oxnard Unveils Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019

Oxnard, California – The City of Oxnard has unveiled its recommended budget for the ensuing Fiscal Year 2018-2019. The recommended budget totals $428.4 million– an increase of $14.2 million, or 3 percent over the current Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget of $414.2 million. “It’s a balanced budget–one that represents fiscal responsibility,” said Oxnard Interim City Manager […]

Oxnard’s A Tale of Two Budgets

Oxnard’s A Tale of Two Budgets

    By Phillip S. Molina Often I hear the public asking questions about the financial condition of Oxnard: how much cash is in each fund, how much of the police budget has already been spent, where can we find unused funds for our project(s), etc.? You keep asking, but get little results. The Mayor and […]

Santa Paula: Fiscal Year 18-19 Budget Season Opens

Santa Paula: Fiscal Year 18-19 Budget Season Opens

By Sheryl Hamlin Although City Manager Rock opened the May 21, 2018 Special Session with the admonition “this is preliminary … not a line item budget”, there were nuggets of information about the financial picture of the city in the report during the one hour and 45 minute meeting. Presentation The presentation in the public […]

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Santa Paula: Budget Built on Unpredictable Revenue Sources

Santa Paula: Budget Built on Unpredictable Revenue Sources

By Sheryl Hamlin The City Manager of Santa Paula presented the FY 17/18 budget with and without the fire annexation. Annexation was approved at the April 10, 2018 Special Council Meeting. This article is based on the City Manager’s budget numbers taken from the illegible pie charts converted into a columnar presentation. Refer to the […]

Spending Bill: Trump Banned from Building Border Wall with Prototypes He Toured in San Diego

Spending Bill: Trump Banned from Building Border Wall with Prototypes He Toured in San Diego

by JOHN BINDER The omnibus spending bill passed by the Republican-controlled House and Senate specifically bans President Trump’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from building new border walls and fencing with the prototype designs the president most recently visited. This month, Trump toured border wall prototypes that his administration is looking to use to seal the U.S.-Mexico southern border. While […]

Oxnard Council 2-20-18: Recall Update; Next Step on District Elections; Investment Policy

Oxnard Council 2-20-18: Recall Update; Next Step on District Elections; Investment Policy

By George Miller City Clerk Ascension updated special recall election status. a six district (plus Mayor) election map 635 was selected, district election sequences were determined and staff ordered to draft an ordinance for preliminary vote next week. Aaron Starr and Alicia Percell responded to Mayor Flynn’s allegedly illegal attack on Starr. Investment policy and annual […]

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