Will El Cerrito ever address the state auditor recommendations?

After passing a budget with no real cuts (except to seniors) in June the City Council will only meet once a month in July, August, and September (as per usual) because there is not hurry when you are on the verge of bankruptcy. While Albany City Staff are preparing recommendations on how to spend theContinue reading “Will El Cerrito ever address the state auditor recommendations?”

El Cerrito Spends Over Half a Million to Settle Sexual Harassment Case

A few months ago I saw this in the budget document (page 71) This is in the Human Resources Section of the Budget. You will note the $500,000 for a large legal settlement. If you remember in 2019 Sarah Perez sued the ECPD for sexual harassment and retaliation. She alleged she was sexually harassed byContinue reading “El Cerrito Spends Over Half a Million to Settle Sexual Harassment Case”

Preparing for the June 15th City Council Meeting

A lot went on at the last meeting Council Meeting. We expect that there will be extensive public comment at the next meeting because people are upset about the cuts to the library hours. We would encourage the following talking points also. 1. Council members should reject the budget because it does not meet theContinue reading “Preparing for the June 15th City Council Meeting”

The City Manager continues to run the show

This meeting was extraordinarily long and very challenging to watch. The low points (there were no high points I saw). The library hours were cut by a 3-2 vote. Councilperson Motoyama brought up the motion after the City Manager hinted strongly for the second meeting in a row that she wanted them cut. Councilpersons Abelson,Continue reading “The City Manager continues to run the show”

Will Council Continue to kick the can down the road?

The next City Council Meeting will be at 5pm on June 1, 2021. The packet is here. The agenda includes the Budget for 21/22 and the TRAN!. The Tran paperwork starts at page 61 and the Budget paperwork starts on page 174. Join Via Zoom 1.¬†https://zoom.us/j/91849369987?pwd=b3FJTGk2WTRaNThTVGVORmxsOVNuQT09 Meeting ID: 918 4936 9987 Password: 922486 or DialContinue reading “Will Council Continue to kick the can down the road?”

How long will the City Council let the City Manager and Finance Director mismanage El Cerrito?

At the May 25, 2021 Financial Advisory Board Meeting the ineptitude of the Finance Director reached new lows.¬† Last month FAB recommended that the budget not consider the ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds and establish a one million dollar surplus without it.  The Finance Director presented a five year budget using the 2.4 millionContinue reading “How long will the City Council let the City Manager and Finance Director mismanage El Cerrito?”

More of the same from Council and Staff

It is probably not true but some of us feel like these meetings are set up in a manner to discourage public engagement and comment. I had hoped this meeting, with just the budget on the agenda, would allow time for ample public comment. Alas. It was instead a total reminder of the inefficient andContinue reading “More of the same from Council and Staff”