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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 […]

Santa Paula: FY 19-20 Tax Rate Allocations Secured Property Tax in Line with Budget

Santa Paula: FY 19-20 Tax Rate Allocations Secured Property Tax in Line with Budget

By Sheryl Hamlin . During the past two years, discussion of annexation to the Ventura County Fire Protection District brought confusion about the amount that was to be paid to VCFPD.The allocation of property tax by cities within a county is driven by the rules of AB 8, which is why the report is called […]

Auditor: State’s 12 largest cities all at financial risk

Auditor: State’s 12 largest cities all at financial risk

    By Chris Reed According to a new website run by California State Auditor Elaine Howle and her staff, the dozen most populated cities in California all have significant fiscal problems and will be forced into major adjustments in coming years. Eleven of the cities – Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, […]

Oxnard City Manager Disputes VC Star Ad Regarding Budget

Oxnard City Manager Disputes VC Star Ad Regarding Budget

OXNARD, CA. – A recent full-page ad in the VC Star portrayed that the City of Oxnard “found” $5.6 million the day its annual budget was passed. This is not true. That money is from bond proceeds, which is held by Wells Fargo Bank, the trustee of those funds. And, those funds can only be […]

Ventura County Supervisors pass $2.309 billion Budget

Ventura County Supervisors pass $2.309 billion Budget

VENTURA, Calif. – The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a budget of $2.309 billion for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 on June 17, 2019. It is the strongest budget in County history and, overall, is slightly higher – 3.2 percent – than the current budget. The County budget is almost twice as large as the county’s 10 […]

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