El Cerrito was giving over 100K in car allowances

Post Updated with information from public records request June 2, 2020. I have added the employee positions that received this benefit. I have also clarified that the benefit for everyone except the city manager is $300 (I was told the prior number from a Council Person so I apologize for the error). The City ManagerContinue reading “El Cerrito was giving over 100K in car allowances”

El Cerrito Staff Compensation compared to other local cities

Transparent CA has great information on salaries and pensions for all of CA. There has been much discussion on different forums about the compensation of El Cerrito city employees so I did a quick check on Transparent CA for 4 cities. El Cerrito, Albany, San Pablo, and Pinole. All are reasonably close in size fromContinue reading “El Cerrito Staff Compensation compared to other local cities”

The City takes some budget actions

At the City Council meeting on May 5, 2020 some budget announcements were made. The link to the video is below and the budget discussion started 4 hours in. The city announced furloughs for management and SEIU staff. That is 45 SEUI staff and 25 Management staff. They will be furloughed one day every twoContinue reading “The City takes some budget actions”

Library Hours on the Cutting Block but not high staff salaries

Notes Regarding City Council Meeting on April 21, 2020 There are two meetings on the 21st. The first is a Labor Negotiations meeting with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021; El Cerrito Police Employees Association; United Professional Firefighters Local 1230; Public Safety Management Association ­ Battalion Chief, Fire Chief, Police Chief, and Police Management;Continue reading “Library Hours on the Cutting Block but not high staff salaries”

Key decisions coming soon: Make your voices heard!

Today we have a post by another member of the group. Whatever your opinions are we encourage you to make your voice heard! Information on public comment for the April 21st meeting are at the bottom of the page. I will post with information on agenda items prior to the meeting on the 21st. AtContinue reading “Key decisions coming soon: Make your voices heard!”

April 7th Council Meeting-More Talk No Real Action

The April 7th El Cerrito City Council meeting had the budget on the agenda. Staff used the $150 an hour consultants to make new slides saying how bad things are. One slide said that we are at risk of an 8 million dollar deficit in the next fiscal year. This is even with the 2Continue reading “April 7th Council Meeting-More Talk No Real Action”

April 7th City Council Meeting to address first level budget cuts

The agenda and packet are out for the April 7th City council meeting. There had been some discussion that there would be no cuts until September but the agenda includes some recommended cuts totaling $1,631,848. Pages 214-220 of the packet address the financial crisis and have some proposed cuts. It looks like once again the city hasContinue reading “April 7th City Council Meeting to address first level budget cuts”

El Cerrito on the verge of bankruptcy but the City Council is putting off cuts until September.

I get it. We are all at home trying to do our best and survive this crisis. The last thing people want to be thinking about is local politics. However, this national crisis has only exacerbated what was already a VERY BAD situation in El Cerrito. So action needs to be taken. El Cerrito facesContinue reading “El Cerrito on the verge of bankruptcy but the City Council is putting off cuts until September.”

El Cerrito is in Financial Crisis and Residents need to step up their game

California State Auditor Elaine Howle ranks El Cerrito the 7th most financially high-risk city in California, the most at-risk Bay Area city, and the city whose General Fund condition is worst in the state. On February 26, the State of California Approved her recommendation to audit El Cerrito. Once ranked AA-, our bond rating declinedContinue reading “El Cerrito is in Financial Crisis and Residents need to step up their game”

CA State Auditor to complete a full audit on El Cerrito

In October 2019 the State Auditor made a list of cities in CA that were most at risk of bankruptcy and El Cerrito was #7. They then met with city staff and council members and decided to recommend a full audit of the city, something that some council members and staff opposed. At a hearingContinue reading “CA State Auditor to complete a full audit on El Cerrito”