Has the City Really Made the cuts they have said they have made?

Something doesn’t add up. If you look at the Finance Director’s report for April 6th council meeting it says in item #2 “Total expenditure was $25.2 million or 67% of budget, compared with a three year average of $25.8 million.” That means our total expenditures were down $600k from the three year average. We haveContinue reading “Has the City Really Made the cuts they have said they have made?”

Mayor Paul Fadelli responds to our questions….sort of

As promised here is his response unedited and without comment (except for the title of the post!). I do appreciate he took the time to respond. As of today he is the only person to respond. “Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your survey on El Cerrito’s fiscal situation.  And thanks also forContinue reading “Mayor Paul Fadelli responds to our questions….sort of”

Questions we have for the City Council

Given the scathing state auditor’s report many of us had questions for council members. We compiled a list of questions and sent them to each council member asking for a response by April 1st. Thus far no responses. We are allowing them to answer with no limitations and they are allowed to add an additionContinue reading “Questions we have for the City Council”

What you need to know about the State Auditor’s report before the Town Hall Meeting

As we all know there will a concurrent Budget Town Hall and Special City Council Meeting on April 10th at 10am. At this point we are told that the CM and Mayor will give a short presentation and then will take comments and questions from the community. Here are a list of questions that weContinue reading “What you need to know about the State Auditor’s report before the Town Hall Meeting”

Do You Trust El Cerrito to Make the Right Choices?

I began to watch the El Cerrito City Council meeting on 3/16/21. I was focused on the presentation on the 5-year forecast. The one where City Staff seem to recommend 2 million dollars in permanent cuts starting in July. But then I saw one Council Member give the same speech they have given pretty muchContinue reading “Do You Trust El Cerrito to Make the Right Choices?”