Wednesday, January 12, 2011
CM PRESS # 376
The CM PRESS thinks we can do better by continuing to right size government and by getting rid of nanny welfare state freebies that the City has been handing out year after year, sometimes to illegal aliens. We also think there's still too much overtime in some departments and we believe that one fire station can be eliminated.
The CM PRESS has attended many of these budget meetings, but this was the first one with the new City Council, and we have to tell you we're impressed with the no nonsense attitude that we heard from most on the Council.
It sounds to us as though this new Council means business and isn't going to have smoke blown up their skirts and isn't going to be lulled to sleep with bureaucratic double speak.
Eric Bever told staff at the meeting that he wants them to find $ 3 million more in cuts, and that he wants Costa Mesa City salaries brought in line with state wide averages (right now, Costa Mesa pays more than most other cities in the state).
Jim Righeimer spoke about the "new normal" budget and about [shifting priorities] to fix our infrastructure such as roads.
Steve Mensinger wants the City to come up with a fixed percentage for the fund balance [that's the rainy day fund]. Mensinger said this after Righeimer had tried to nail staff down to what the percentage should be and was given a series of fuzzy answers about how it should be as much as possible.
Gary Monahan wants staff to come back with more information on employee retirement and pension benefits and any increases that the City will have to bear.
Wendy Leece...well, she was there.
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Those are our opinions. Thanks for reading them.
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