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”

El Cerrito Employee Compensation

I took a look at employee compensation for El Cerrito, Albany, and Richmond for 2017 and 2018. I got all information from Transparent California. 2019 data is not yet available. I wanted to get a sense of how some of the city’s management staff salaries compared to a city much larger than ours and alsoContinue reading “El Cerrito Employee Compensation”

City Council Meeting June 4, 2019-City Manager and Finance Director say it is all okay.

In November 2018, the independent auditor expressed the going concern statement for the second year in a row. It appears in the CAFR. In the June 4, 2019, meeting the city finance director expressed the view things were improving and the going concern statement would likely go away. This was backed up by Karen. WhenContinue reading “City Council Meeting June 4, 2019-City Manager and Finance Director say it is all okay.”

Update on resources 2/8/2020

The city manager issued her new report found here. There is no new information on the financial crisis in it. There are links to past and future meetings. There are two firefighter jobs listed. They mentioned one was a replacement position. I wonder if either of those hires will reduce the $1.2 million in overtimeContinue reading “Update on resources 2/8/2020”

City Council Meeting February 4, 2020

Last night there was a council meeting with the budget situation on the agenda. Here is the link to the video and packet. Here are some observations from two of us who watched the meeting. It did appear to both of us that council is now taking this issue very very seriously which is aContinue reading “City Council Meeting February 4, 2020”