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Very different budget debates in Oakland vs. Sacramento

Uploaded: Jun 17, 2015
Talk about a tale of two budgets.
The debate in Sacramento has been all about how much more money to spend based upon conservative or more optimistic revenue estimates. When Gov. Brown released his May budget revise, revenues were $6 billion ahead of the January estimates.
The bulk of that money was allocated under the state constitutional amendment passed a few recessions again (Prop. 98) that guarantees K-12 schools and community colleges a fixed percentage of the budget. The windfall starting July 1 will take per student funding up an average of $3,000 and put k-14 funding at an all-time high.
Another key chunk of revenue goes to pay debt and into the rainy day fund for the next recession. Democrats wanted to spend an additional $740 million on social programs.
For Alameda County, which provides safety net services as do all counties, the state's overflowing coffers do not help a bit.
Alameda County administrator Susan Muranishi has identified a $65-million funding gap for the 2015/2016 fiscal year that starts July 1. Closing the gap means budget reductions in a number of key county programs. She recommends the following cuts: reduce general government spending by $14.8 million, health care spending by $15.8 million, funding for public assistance programs by $14.7 million and $19.8 million from public protection.
County unemployment has fallen to 4.5 percent, half of the 2012 level, but incomes for working poor are stagnant. That's true of many workers-it's the tech section that is doing great and driving the broader economy.
The county supervisors will hold hearings next week to ask the public for its views before imposing the cuts to bring the budget into balance.

Mandated affordable housing received a unanimous thumbs up from the state Supreme Court. The court rules against the homebuilders association that had argued city laws requiring housing at below-market rates amounted to an unconstitutional taking of property.
The court upheld a 2010 ordinance by the city of San Jose in its decision that will be seen as good news for advocates of affordable housing mixed with market rate units.
What is it worth to you?


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Jun 18, 2015 at 10:07 am

It's waaaaaaaaay good news to many good Americans that affordable housing will be made available! Veterans to the front of the line.

Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Jun 18, 2015 at 10:21 am

Michael Austin is a registered user.

I agree with the homebuilders association on this issue.
This court failed to understand the teachings of the greatest generation.

"Keep your mouth shut, work hard, save your money, and have something".

This court exercising its activist demeanor takes from the have something's to give to the have not's.

Same activist demeanor exercised by the BAAQMD, taking property without due process.

Posted by Bill, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows,
on Jun 18, 2015 at 12:59 pm

You are missing one point Michael, our parents, at least the ones that either were born in California, or moved to California in the thirties and forties, never had to deal with the astronomical inflation of housing prices that has occurred since the late seventies. In the sixties you could purchase a home around Foothill High School for $800 down. With inflation this would be around $6000 in today?s dollars. I would bet that many young adults could afford this amount of money to put down on a home, but asking them to put down 10 times that amount is prohibitive. This coupled with having to pay back tuition loans from colleges that have become nothing more than rip-off artists ,saving money for a home is beyond laughable. Another joke is equating homebuilders and their kissing cousins the speculative property investment firms with the term ?property owners?.

Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Jun 18, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Our parents dealt with the depression.
Our parents dealt with WWII.
Our parents lost brothers, sisters in action on foreign soils.

Our parents did not deal with fast food.
Our parents did not deal with fast cars for the kids.
Our parents did not deal with social media.

Our parents raised us to get good grades.
Our parents raised us to respect our elders.
Our parents raised us to stay the course no matter the obstacles.

November 22, 1963 changed everything.

The generations coming up behind us for the most part have lost their way.
Although, I have had good experiences with several from those generations. I have high hope for those I have encountered from those generations coming up behind us. I am encouraged with the few taking up the sword, the ethic.

Posted by Ed, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Jun 24, 2015 at 7:55 am

I echo Michael Austins' comments to a point although in history every generation has been somewhat dismayed and outraged but the new generation.
It seems though that the pace of change has sped up. Societal constraints against things like unplanned pregnancy and marijuanana are all gone.
We're becoming an immigrant nation with so many streaming across our Southern border to welcoming arms, criminals and tenants have more rights than cops and landlords, church attendance is way down, etc.

But, folks are connected like never before through social media, due to the rise of the internet my kids can "google" whatever comes into their heads and learn about it instantly, cars are safer now that ever before and getting safer, "different" lifestyles are more accepted now.

I see it as a mix of good and bad. Which is probably how every generation has seen it.

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