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June 26, 2012

Mind the gap

Filed under: Alameda, City Council — Tags: — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

Tonight the City Council is slated to adopt next year’s budget for the City.   The big cut is, of course, the shuttering of the City’s jail operations which means that the Police budget has been nipped $1.81 million the largest amount monetarily of all departments, but not proportionally to the department budget.   According to the Staff report, other than the loss of internal jail services, Alamedans should see no reductions in direct services provided and next year’s budget — at least — will maintain the 20% reserve per City Council policy.

Much like previous year budgets, the budget for 2012-2013 will be balanced by cuts and using one-time funds.  According to the report, the one-time funds used will be:

  • Receive advance of future years’ payments from AMP ($1 million 12- , $1. 2 million 13- 14 )
  • Receive repayment of loan to FISC Fund for public safety services ($480K FY12-only)
  • Use of carryover of projected budget savings totaling approximately $1 million over the two fiscal years.

Of course, as mentioned by the City Manager, the current cuts and negotiated concessions from all the bargaining units will not solve the long term problems.  The five year projection, even with the savings from the MOU negotiations still result in draining the reserves if more is not done:

However, these savings do slow down the burn rate that the City would be going through if there were no concessions made:

You can check out the Staff Report here and the Powerpoint in advance of tonight’s meeting.



  1. That’s substantial savings. I’m assuming that APD’s jail was the local drunk tank. What better way than to have Alameda drunks transported through the Webster tube to Alameda County’s North County Jail in Oakland. Most are probably RWS – Release When Sober – in Oakland. That’s sobering.

    Comment by Basel — June 26, 2012 @ 9:53 am

  2. What Do (pun) those little quarter circle marks before and after the Ending Available Fund Balance in 16-17 all in red signify?

    Comment by Jack Richard — June 26, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

  3. Your pun would be funnier if my last name was actually pronounced that way.

    Comment by Lauren Do — June 26, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

  4. “2.What Do (pun) those little quarter circle marks before and after the Ending Available Fund Balance in 16-17 all in red signify?”


    1 ) Maybe that is when Russo Contract is up

    2) Were officially BK

    3) City ran out of Cans to kick down road

    4) Finally ran out of defer tokens at the accounting Magic Store

    Comment by John — June 26, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

  5. Su, I guess you’re telling me, do mai…

    Comment by Jack Richard — June 26, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

  6. The Comments and looks on the faces and the body language of our City Auditor and Treasure regarding our budget was a little bit disturbing……. The Better part of Ten Years they have been pleading with Mayors and Councils regarding the same issues they Identified tonight.

    John Russo said the main and key issue is the importance of “Comparability”

    The only “Comparables” I see is our City to the Greece Situation.

    I have never seen defeat in Kevin Kearney in 50 years. He is the ultimate competitor with a never give up approach at life and anything he participates in.

    Sad day for Alameda…..

    Comment by John — June 26, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

  7. Stockton to file for bankruptcy, will be largest U.S. city to fail

    The Stockton City Council halts bond payments, slashes employee benefits and adopts an emergency budget as mediation ends. The Central Valley city becomes the largest in the U.S. to seek bankruptcy protection.

    By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times

    June 26, 2012, 10:04 p.m.
    STOCKTON — This Gold Rush-era port city, an epicenter of California’s agricultural exports, will become the nation’s largest city to seek protection under the U.S. bankruptcy code after its City Council on Tuesday stopped bond payments, slashed employee health and retirement benefits and adopted a day-to-day survival budget.

    City Manager Bob Deis likened the process to cutting off an arm to save the body. He is expected to file bankruptcy papers immediately.,0,2285815.story

    Comment by John — June 26, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

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