August 27, 2009
Editorial went after wrong elections Your Aug. 22 editorial, “Cities are paying for voters’ May selections,” was correct. Elections have consequences and Glendale schools, city government and mental health agencies have been hit hard by the state’s fiscal crisis. However, you criticized the wrong elections. Our fiscal problems are the result of decisions the voters have made over the last six years, choosing our legislators. It is the continued excessive spending that has come home to roost and it is hurting schools, city government and mental health agencies.
January 10, 2004
Robert Chacon Incensed La Canada Flintridge City Council members will travel to Sacramento on Sunday to talk to legislators about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budget. Part of Schwarzenegger's $99.1-billion budget proposal, which he announced Friday, is a shift of $1.3 billion in property taxes from local governments to pay state expenses. Councilmen David Spence and Anthony Portantino, Mayor Stephen Del Guercio and City Manager Mark Alexander will be in Sacramento through Wednesday attending the annual California Contract Cities Assn.
July 11, 2008
A bill that sailed through the state Senate and Assembly that will protect seniors from financial abuse has been signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The legislation, SB 1164, authored by state Sen. Jack Scott, gives investigative auditors of the Department of Justice the power to serve search warrants on financial institutions, Internet service providers and telecommunication companies to help expedite investigations of elder financial abuse, he said. “The California Department of Justice estimates thousands of seniors are the victims of financial abuse every year, and the problem threatens to grow worse as the graying population increases,” Scott said in a statement.
July 3, 2008
GLENDALE — Just three days into the new fiscal year, 6.6 million beneficiaries of California’s Medi-Cal program — and the pharmacists who serve them — are beginning to feel the brunt of the state’s unbalanced budget as a portion of prescription drug payments usually reimbursed by the state are starting to be withheld in the face of California’s $17.2 billion deficit. The 10% cut to Medi-Cal, which provides health care to low-income families and individuals throughout the state, was signed into law in February by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who cited the state’s dwindling resources as a motivation for trimming the bloated budget.
June 27, 2009
If only all budget processes saw the same stakeholder participation as what occurred Monday night at the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees meeting. Faced with having a full 10%, or $8 million, stripped from its budget as a result of the state’s fiscal crisis, the board voted to declare a fiscal emergency in order to avoid a planned 1% pay raise to college employees. In other parts of the city, this sort of bold action would have set up a union-backed battle royale.
May 4, 2010
GLENDALE — A state agency has approved reimbursing Glendale Unified School District about $16.8 million for campus improvements, but none of it can be used to offset teacher layoffs, officials said. The State Allocations Board will compensate Glendale Unified less than half of the roughly $37.9 million district officials requested last year. The funds can be spent only on facilities, Chief Budget Officer Eva Lueck said. A projected $18.5-million deficit by 2011-12 has set the stage for rounds of teacher layoffs in coming weeks, pitting union leaders against district officials and the school board.
March 3, 2009
BUDGET CUTS The Glendale Unified School District Board of Education will hear a report on the outcomes of the state?s recently adopted state budget plan, although administrators will not be able to present a full analysis because the Los Angeles County Office of Education has not yet published an interpretation of the plan. The district will lose $9.2 million in cuts over the next two years as a result of the plan, according to the report. The cuts will come in addition to lost funds that the district would have received because of cost-of-living adjustments.
January 16, 2004
Robert Chacon La Canada Flintridge City Council members this week presented state legislators with a two-pronged message: Protect local revenues and stop partisan politics long enough to find a solution to the state's fiscal crisis. Mayor Stephen Del Guercio, Councilmen David Spence and Anthony Portantino and City Manager Mark Alexander were in the state capital for a meeting of similar cities that contract for services such as law enforcement and firefighting.
September 22, 2003
Robert Chacon A slew of student events in the Glendale Unified School District have been spared from the budget ax as financial support from community organizations continues to pour in. The latest figure, which will be announced at Tuesday's School Board meeting, totals more than $17,700. The district cut about $7 million from its operating budget for the upcoming school year because of the state's fiscal crisis, and about $40,000 from its special events budget.
September 30, 2003
Robert Chacon A firm hired by the La Canada Unified School District is polling residents about a proposed $400 parcel tax that would replace money slashed from the district's 2003-04 budget. Kansas City-based George K. Baum & Co. is conducting the phone survey of 400 residents, which will gauge the level of public support for a parcel tax the district's school board wants to place on the March ballot. Supt. Sue Leabo will give an update of the survey at tonight's board meeting at La Canada High School.