First off, Frank Matarresse, please turn on your microphone. Thanks!
Ways things could be worse for Alameda’s budget: we could be San Mateo County who has managed to get three members of Congress to write letters on its behalf to the Treasury to recoup the money ($155 million) that the lost in the economic meltdown.
At last night’s City Council meeting (I skipped to the financial “State of the City” part) Mayor Beverly Johnson asks, and I’m paraphrasing here, “how do we put policies into place to make sure that the Council understands the true issues of the budget” and I guess , by extension, how do we not find our City in this position again.
Here’s a thought, how about when the City has to make cuts in order to balance the budget that after that is finally balanced that every single time a group comes up to ask you to save this and save that we don’t have Councilpeople folding over and saying, “Let’s find the money somewhere, this is important!” Whether it be the Golf Course, Museum or underwater basketweaving courses. You think that might be a start?
Cutting this short this morning because today should really be the Bloody Wednesday as mentioned by JKW at SDR. The interim City Manager hinted around it last night. So I’ll be posting something later when (if) I get a copy of the lay off list.