April 12, 2010

San Leandro City Budget Subject of Two Meetings This Week

The City of San Leandro's budget will be the subject of two meetings on Monday at a City Council work session (agenda) and on Tuesday at an "informational" meeting (agenda).

The City Council work session is the second this year and will be held at 7pm on Monday, April 12, 2010, at City Hall. According to the City web site, the informational meeting is "for the community to hear about the City’s budget situation, how the recession has impacted City programs and services, and what cuts will need to be made to the upcoming Fiscal Year budget that begins in July." The informational meeting will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at the San Leandro Public Library.

Proposed budget cuts at a City Council work session March 22, 2010, called for reducing personnel by 53 full-time equivalents (FTEs) from the previous year, mostly through attrition. This is in addition to the monthly furlough day that reduces salaries by 4.6% for all departments, except fire and police.

Some of the reductions to Recreation Programs include reducing hours at the Boys and Girls Club pools, elimination of adult sports programs, cutting the hours of the Family Aquatics Center by 25%, and elimination of all community events, including the Cherry Festival and tree lighting. Farrelly Pool had previously been slated for closure until an anonymous donor funded a scaled-down seven-week Monday to Thursday program consisting mainly of swim lessons and evening recreational swims.

Proposed library reductions include closing the San Leandro History Museum and Art Gallery, reduced hours at the Main and Manor libraries (closing an hour earlier, for example), keeping the Mulford-Marina and South Branch Libraries open with temporary foundation funding, and elimination of library community programs, cultural programs, and book clubs.

The proposed half-year elimination of a ladder truck and elimination of a deputy fire marshal with the Alameda County Fire Department are expected to save $990,000 from last year. Reserve funds will be used to pay for the ladder truck for the first half of the year with the hope that passage of a sales tax in November will fund the remainder of the year.

In Community Development, the recently enacted Climate Action Plan will be suspended, the permit center hours will be reduced to 50% of business hours, and nearly all long-range planning and land use and development policy analysis will be suspended.

The Police Department will lose four uniformed officers, including a motorcycle officer dedicated to traffic enforcement and the school resource officer allocated to city middle schools. No funding for school crossing guards is in the proposed budget.

The City Council work session starts at 7pm on Monday, April 12, 2010, in the City Council Chamber at 835 E. 14th Street and not in the South Offices Conference Room where work sessions usually take place. The informational meeting will be held in the San Leandro Public Library at 300 Estudillo Avenue.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at April 12, 2010 12:02 AM | TrackBack

Proof that San Leandro is the most corrupt and worst managed city in all of California, if not the US-I think even Detroit is better. Thanks Mayor Santos for chasing out business, and wanting to do that even moreso by raising the sales tax.

Posted by: Frank at April 12, 2010 1:41 AM
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