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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 […]

Stimulus puts US debt on an upward trajectory

Stimulus puts US debt on an upward trajectory

As part of a pledge to “Make America Great Again,” President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers are pursuing aggressive economic stimulus while slashing taxes at the same time. The result, budget analysts say, is likely to be swelling debts and deficits for the world’s largest borrower. – A ballooning deficit – America’s budget deficit was […]

Santa Paula Council: The Sound of Silence

Santa Paula Council: The Sound of Silence

By Sheryl Hamlin While the Santa Paula City Council spent nearly one hour discussing the non-existent East Area 1 in lieu fee, the seven month financial report received not one word of commentary, discussion or question. Slated in the Consent Calendar on the agenda for the February 5, 2018 meeting, an area of the agenda […]

Look At News Daily  (Jan. 20-26/Day 1-7) Week 1 – Government Shutdown, Motoring those Voters and So Much More

Look At News Daily  (Jan. 20-26/Day 1-7) Week 1 – Government Shutdown, Motoring those Voters and So Much More

By Michael Hernandez (Editor’s Note:  Mr. Hernandez has agreed to continue his weekly news column in 2018 but under a different banner:  “Look At News Daily” rather than “Trump Briefs.”  This change reflects his intent to provide election coverage; and focus on not just national news; but local, state and international news.) Saturday, January 20  […]

Gov. Brown’s budget sets spending records, but warns of recession

Gov. Brown’s budget sets spending records, but warns of recession

by Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown’s annual budgets have become familiar affairs. During his last two terms in office, Brown routinely offered a budget plan that broke spending records, but also was designed to limit the creation of new programs while girding against the possibility of another recession. The governor’s budget release from last Thursday was […]

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