Posted by observing, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Jan 28, 2012 at 7:56 am
The RDA has been abused for years. Menlo Park is certainly one of the Cities that has led in diverting funds away from from uses for which they were supposed to be allocated, into balancing the City's budget.
Incompetence reins supreme. Still no police sub-station. How long has it been? Ten years?
They really should dispose of at least 6 full time employees. Council Person Fergusson is out to lunch on this issue, just as she was on the Pension reform.
Is our part time City Attorney, who recuses himself from involvement in the Specific Plan and High Speed rail because of personal investments, sitting this on out also?
Will the new City manager be like outgoing Rojas, who for 4 years did little except manage to reduce the City's reserve fund by almost 50%, while increasing employee wages and pension benefits, make the necessary changes?
Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Jan 28, 2012 at 8:59 am Peter Carpenter is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
This is what local governments were told over 3 years ago - too bad that they did not listen:
"With falling property values yielding less property-tax revenues, falling consumer and business spending yielding less sales taxes, increased retirement costs (because CalPERS has suffered significant loss of capital in the current financial downturn), continued demands for well-above-average salary increases by public employees, and the governor declaring a financial emergency, local governments in California are facing a Perfect Storm.
Unless local governments act promptly to respond to these dramatic changes we will see more of them joining Vacaville and Rio Vista in being forced into bankruptcy."
Posted by POGO, a resident of the Woodside: other neighborhood, on Jan 28, 2012 at 9:18 am
This is one of those quiet scandals of government. Our elected officials have silently moved money that was originally intended for "redevelopment" of their cities and towns into ordinary budget items. Washington does this with our Social Security money and Sacramento does this with our gasoline and cigarette taxes.
Now they will pay the piper...
Just be aware the next time those same officials tell you they need to raise taxes to do something specific, like pay teachers or build roads. The chances are excellent that that dedicated money will end up in their own bloated bureaucracies.
Posted by Morris Brown, a resident of the Menlo Park: Park Forest neighborhood, on Jan 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm
Pogo above wrote:
"Just be aware the next time those same officials tell you they need to raise taxes to do something specific, like pay teachers or build roads. The chances are excellent that that dedicated money will end up in their own bloated bureaucracies."
Our Governator, Jerry Brown, is precisely on this path right now. Promoting a proposition to raise taxes while using "blackmail" language, that the school budgets will be cut if these taxes are not approved.
Yet at the same time, he is promoting the High Speed Rail project, which has been condemned by the Legislative Analyst Office, the State Auditor and the Peer Review Group, committee of experts, all of who say the project is financially unsound along with a myriad of other insurmountable problems.