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Santa Paula: Structural Imbalance Difficult Budget Approved

Santa Paula: Structural Imbalance Difficult Budget Approved

by Sheryl Hamlin The June 24, 2020 Santa Paula City Council meeting concluded the FY20/21 budget process. Read about the June 17, 2020 “austerity budget” here. Note graph of five year forecast. Since that meeting there has been resolution on the labor negotiations which made a small change in the labor expenses. The changes include: […]

Santa Paula: FY 20/21 Austerity Budget Under Consideration

Santa Paula: FY 20/21 Austerity Budget Under Consideration

by Sheryl Hamlin With less than two weeks before the end of fiscal year 19/20, the City Council of Santa Paula held another budget session on June 17, 2020. City Manager Singer opened the session with the reminder that we still must re-examine/resolve the deficit in the current fiscal year as well as the projected […]

Conejo Valley School District (CVUSD) facing $25 million deficit for 2020-2021 budget

Conejo Valley School District (CVUSD) facing $25 million deficit for 2020-2021 budget

By Michael Hernandez THOUSAND OAKS—The Conejo Valley Unified School District budget is facing a $25 million deficit for the $203 million 2020-2021 budget. Currently, the district has potential funds to use of $35 million but the district is not recommending that any of the six million dollars of mandated reserve  be used and that no more […]

Santa Paula: Q3 Budget Shows Negative Covid Impact of Six Percent

Santa Paula:  Q3 Budget Shows Negative Covid Impact of Six Percent

by Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula’s Finance Director Cristy Ramirez presented the state of the city’s General Fund at the May 6, 2020 city council meeting. From the staff report, we learn the following: The Covid shutdown has taken its toll on Santa Paula’s economy as follows: -Property Tax has remained consistent. -Sales Tax is down […]

Oxnard Council: COVID Emergency Declaration; Financial Transparency at Last; $400K Climate Action Plan Spend OK’ed

Oxnard Council: COVID Emergency Declaration; Financial Transparency at Last; $400K Climate Action Plan Spend OK’ed

By George Miller On 3-17-20, the Oxnard City Council: Ratified an emergency proclamation to address the Coronavirus pandemic; Approved a $411,400 contract to do a climate change plan (yes they believe they can change the climate); Approved the 2020 Ventura County Regional Consolidated Plan (for housing); Put 375 city vehicles on an outsourced maintenance plan […]

Santa Paula: Council Approves Deficit Mid-Year Budget

Santa Paula: Council Approves Deficit Mid-Year Budget

By Sheryl Hamlin Deficit Budget The first good news about the FY 19/20 mid-year budget was its timeliness. February 19, 2020 is a record in reporting the mid-year which ended December 31, 2019. Cristy Ramirez, Finance Director, created a new format for the presentation. It was concise in that the tables grouped the data logically, […]

California’s Legislative Analyst Spots Potential Pitfalls in Governor’s Homelessness Plan

California’s Legislative Analyst Spots Potential Pitfalls in Governor’s Homelessness Plan

  . By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views   Newsom loves spending money, making pronouncements and running in place.  While he is willing to make himself and others feel good, his efforts to help the homeless helps just the “homeless” industry, not the homeless.’ “California’s legislative analyst Tuesday ripped Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed $1 […]

Trump’s New Budget Request Calls for Substantial Non-Defense Spending Cuts

Trump’s New Budget Request Calls for Substantial Non-Defense Spending Cuts

BY EMEL AKAN WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump’s fourth budget resolution, which will be released Feb. 10, calls for substantial reductions to both discretionary and mandatory spending. The proposal includes deep budget cuts in foreign aid and environmental programs. This year’s proposal, titled “A Budget for America’s Future,” includes $4.4 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years, according to a summary sheet […]

What Services Will Ventura Cut To Save $4.1M Next Year

What Services Will Ventura Cut To Save $4.1M Next Year

“ Another Fine Mess You’ve Gotten Us Into, Stanley.” —Laurel & Hardy The 2020-2021 budget presents a challenge to the City Council. This Council must weigh how to close the budget deficit in the coming year.   The Coming Problem Today’s Council is still operating on the 2019-2020 budget that shows everything is fine. In six […]

Senate Approves $1.4 Trillion Spending Package, Sending It to Trump’s Desk

Senate Approves $1.4 Trillion Spending Package, Sending It to Trump’s Desk

BY EMEL AKAN WASHINGTON—The Senate voted Dec. 19 on a nearly 1.4 trillion spending package to keep the federal government funded and avert a shutdown before the Christmas holiday. The 12 appropriations measures were passed in two separate bills, which would fund the government through Sept. 30, 2020. The first package that covers eight appropriations bills passed by a 71-23 vote. The second was approved […]

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