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 […]
When a city is bankrupt, judges have a big say in whose bills will be paid. For now, all eyes are on Detroit and San Bernardino, Calif. Originally posted at GOVERNING. By Frank Shafroth. Two battles over public money promises […]
Former City Councilman Marcelo Co has been at the center of a number of scandals plaguing the East Riverside County community of Moreno Valley. On Tuesday, authorities reported that Co has agreed to plead guilty to a federal bribery charge […]
For the first time in more than a decade, LA County’s social workers will go on strike today at 10am today.
Up to 4,000 of the employees of the county’s Department of Children and Family Services are expected to demonstrate at over 16 locations across Los Angeles County.[...]
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 little-discussed tax increases that will ultimately affect hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of Californians. The measures, mostly focused on local issues such as schools and police, were given little attention from outside media. However, the results will certainly have some economic impact, and serve as an important harbinger for candidates and activists as California’s 2014 election season begins.
Here is what happened on Nov. 5, according to data from the non-partisan SmartVoter.org:[...]
It’s Not the Sauce. It’s Cities Like Irwindale.
Originally posted at Zócalo Public Square.
By Joe Matthews.
News item: A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge last week ordered the Irwindale, California plant that produces the highly popular “rooster sauce” Sriracha to cease operations until it can stop emitting odors that are “extremely annoying, irritating, and offensive to the senses warranting consideration as a public nuisance.”
Reaction: Too bad the judge didn’t apply the same logic to the city government of Irwindale and shut it down too.[...]
A first-quarter budget-monitoring report the City Council is set to review next week includes an extra $35 million in property taxes and another $8 million from the disintegration of the city’s former information technology provider.
Originally posted at Voice of San Diego.
By Lisa Halverstadt.
This spring, city leaders were dealt a budget deficit, or so they thought.[...]
Originally posted at East Bay Citizen.
By Steven Tavares.
The circus is coming to the Oakland City Council chambers later this month. An ordinance authored by Oakland Councilmember Libby Schaaf would strengthen regulations on the treatment of circus animals and the safety of spectators, but some council members want a more stringent ban on the brutal use of bullhooks on elephants. Feld Entertainment, the parent company for Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, told Schaaf it would pull up stakes at Oakland’s Oracle Arena, if the ban is approved.[...]
Originally posted at Fox & Hounds Daily.
By Joel Fox.
Two stories yesterday thrust pension reform in the front of the political news. In Michigan, a judge declared that Detroit could consider bankruptcy to deal with its debt crisis and that public pension obligations can be treated like any other contract under bankruptcy law. In Illinois, the state legislature passed a public pension reform that supporters say will save $160 billion and fund the retirement system over 30 years by reducing benefits for workers and retirees.[...]
Originally posted at Union Watch.
By Ed Ring.
While today’s municipal bankruptcy news focuses on Detroit, where a judge has just ruled the city can proceed with its bankruptcy filing, tonight a small California city holds a council meeting to try to avoid the same fate.
Desert Hot Springs isn’t on the national radar, but its situation is hardly unique. With only 27,000 residents and only 55 full-time city employees, Desert Hot Springs lacks the financial heft that allows larger cities – think Los Angeles – to put off their day of reckoning.
If you review the city council’s meeting agenda for December 3rd, 2013, you will see item 5, “Budget and Financial Update – Fiscal Year 2013/14.” Clicking on that link will open a window containing links to five exhibits that constitute the most recent financial projections for the city for their current fiscal year ending 6-30-2014. And as can be seen from the one-page summary document, Exhibit 2, “FY 2013-14 Budget with Revenue & Expenditure Adjustments,” at this point Desert Hot Springs is expecting to collect $13.9 million and expecting to spend $18.1 million.[...]
In response to Judge Steven Rhodes ruling today that Detroit can impair current employee and retiree pensions as it moves through the bankruptcy process, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) issued the following statement:[...]
Originally posted at The Liberal OC.
By Liberal OC Editorial Staff.
The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday on the ruling, dated last week, from Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark V. Mooney which orders new district based elections for the City of Palmdale. The ruling illustrates whatthe City of Anaheim may be looking at as an outcome of a similar suit filed alleging violations of the California Voting Rights Act caused by the at-large election of city council members.[...]
By Lynn Kwitt, Fluoride Free Sonoma County
In an unprecedented 5-0 City Council vote on November 12, Cotati joined a growing number of college towns including Davis, California, and Portland, Oregon, voting to keep fluoridation chemicals out of their water supply.
Cotati is one of nine major cities and water districts supplied by the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA). These cities and water districts deliver drinking water to more than 600,000 residents in portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. Only Santa Rosa, Petaluma and the North Marin Water District have more than 10,000 connections and are subject to the California State AB733 mandate to fluoridate if funding is available. Because Cotati and the other five jurisdictions in the SCWA service area have fewer than 10,000 connections, they are not subject to the State mandate and are free to choose whether or not to fluoridate.[...]