By Greg Norton & Caroline Beteta. Nearly 80 percent of California is rural. That’s 131,000 square miles of forests, coastal areas, deserts, farmland and vineyards. More than 5 million Californians call these places home, and for domestic and international visitors […]
Originally posted at Public Sector Inc. By Steve Malanga. In my Wall St. Journal piece this weekend I discussed how the IRS is holding up municipalities’ efforts to move workers into new, less expensive pension systems, even when employees via their union […]
This is Part 1 of a series of stories about tax increases passed throughout California in the November 5 elections. Originally posted at Cal Watchdog. By Adam O’Neal. Earlier this month, local governments throughout California passed more than two dozen […]
Advocates for cash-strapped municipalities want Washington to clean up their mess. Detroit’s July bankruptcy filing, prompted in part by its huge worker-retirement debts, has led to calls for a federal bailout of the beleaguered city—and also, by extension, of retirement […]
Originally posted at Cal Watchdog.
By Wayne Lusvardi.
The Urban Land Institute seeks to rebuild redevelopment in California. The essence of the proposal is that redevelopment should be good to go again if just some technical tweaks are made.
But we’ve been there before.[...]
State Controller Updates Pay Site With More City, County Figures
State Controller John Chiang has updated his public employee compensation website with the latest wage and benefit data for California city and county employees. The site – publicpay.ca.gov – offers maps, search functions, and custom report-building tools. It also allows users to download raw data for their own research. This update covers calendar year 2012, the fourth full year of data for city and county employees available on the site.
The highest paid city and county positions for the year 2012 can be viewed at the bottom of this article.[...]
Projected Sacramento City Taxpayer Cost of Creating Each Local, Temporary Arena Construction Job: $993,850
The City of Sacramento released yesterday its draft environmental impact statement on the proposed sports arena. As reported in the Sacramento Bee, the city’s EIR finds that 1355 temporary jobs will be created by the construction of the arena. With 60% or 813 of those jobs expected to be local jobs according to recently approved City hiring goals, the cost to city taxpayers of each temporary local construction job created by arena construction, based on a total public cost of $808 million, comes in at a shocking $993,850 per temporary local job created.[...]
Originally posted at City Watch LA.
By Lisa Cerda.
LA Councilman Tom LaBonge introduced a motion in recently that sparked a demonstration this past weekend on the corner of Hollywood and Vine. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell seconded the motioned but was quick to try and separate himself from his action by stating that, “the council is not looking to ban pop-up food distribution programs for the homeless. And there was never talk of a ban, at least not from my perspective.”[...]
Ten California counties and cities receive massive award holding three corporations liable for poisoning California children
After a thirteen year legal battle that broke new legal ground, the County of Santa Clara, the City and County of San Francisco, and eight other California cities and counties won a $1.1 billion judgment from the Santa Clara County Superior Court. The Honorable James P. Kleinberg ruled today that three lead paint manufacturers are jointly liable for the cost of removing their products from homes in the ten counties and cities that prosecuted the case.[...]
Originally posted at CA Fwd.
By Christopher Nelson.
Last week we broke down the difference between probation and parole in our “Back to the Basics” series on public safety realignment. This week, we tackle two more topics intertwined with our inaugural one: the differences between prisons and jails and between Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.[...]
Originally posted at Fox & Hounds Daily.
By John Wildermuth.
In politics, if you’re not making someone mad, you’re not doing your job. When a person is elected, we expect him or her to decide what the important problems are and then work to fix them, regardless of whose toes get stepped on.[...]
Originally posted at City Watch LA.
By Jack Humphreville.
Over the last six years, the average parking fine has increased almost 75% to a whopping $61, generating annual revenues for the City of over $150 million. At the same time, receipts from parking meters have soared by 125% to almost $50 million as a result of increased rates and the expanded hours of parking enforcement, including Saturday nights and Sundays in selected retail areas.
Overall, when taking into consideration the 10% Parking User’s Tax, the City is generating over $300 million a year in parking revenues. This does not include an estimated $100 million of parking revenues at Los Angeles International Airport, Staples, the Convention Center, and other City owned locations.[...]
Originally posted at CA Fwd.
By Cheryl Getuiza.
I don’t think many people would disagree that change is good. But, often times for some, change is hard to adjust to.
Council members, in the city of La Mesa, near San Diego, may soon have to readjust to some new rules if a citizens group is successful in putting a term limits initiative on the ballot.
“Term limits are checks and balances against any one person amassing too much political power,” said Bill Baber, an attorney working on behalf of proponents, the La Mesa Term Limits Committee. Baber is also an elected member of the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District School Board. “Humans with power get greedy – this law will block that selfish instinct. We believe politicians do not improve with age like wine, they are more like milk; they start healthy and refreshing, but after too much time, they turn sour.”[...]
Originally posted at Voice of San Diego.
By Andrew Keatts.
San Diego suffers from an hourglass economy.
That is, its employment base includes a few high-wage workers at the top, and a lot of low-wage workers at the bottom, and not too many middle-income workers in between.
It’s one of the regional economy’s most persistent issues, and solving it is at the heart of what could soon be the city’s first economic development strategy in a decade.[...]