Watch last night’s city council meeting

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Tonight’s city council meeting agenda

To read or download tonight’s council meeting agenda, click here (pdf).

The public participation portion of the meeting begins at 6:30 with presentations and awards. Actual city business normally doesn’t start until 7:00 or thereafter. Following are the headings for tonight’s agenda items:

COMMISSION / COMMITTEE / BOARD APPOINTMENTS

PUBLIC HEARINGS (Items 1 – 2)

1. AFFORDABLE HOUSING / DISPOSITION AND DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT WITH JAMBOREE HOUSING CORPORATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A 46- UNIT AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT LOCATED AT 312, 324, 336, 400 & 406 WEST VALENCIA DRIVE, 407 & 413 WEST WEST AVENUE AND 518, 524 & 530 SOUTH FORD AVENUE

2. APPEAL OF PLANNING COMMISSION DECISION AND REQUEST FOR REVIEW BY THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE FOR A FENCE IN EXCESS OF THREE FEET IN HEIGHT IN A RESIDENTIAL PRESERVATION ZONE

REGULAR BUSINESS (Items 3 – 7)

  1. DISTRICT ELECTIONS MAPPING PROCESS – VOTING DISTRICTS SEQUENCE
  2. DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY BENEFITS DISTRICT AND MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION UPDATE
  1. JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY DISCUSSION
  2. SHORT-TERM RENTAL REGULATIONS DISCUSSION
  3. WEST COYOTE HILLS UPDATE

CONSENT CALENDAR (Items 8 – 11)

  1. FEBRUARY 7, 2017 MEETING MINUTES
  2. REPEAL OF CHAPTER 7.150 OF THE FULLERTON MUNICIPAL CODE – SECOND READING OF ORDINANCE
  3. MONTHLY LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
  4. DISABLED PERSON PARKING – 1201 EAST SUDENE AVENUE

AGENDA FORECAST (tentative) Tuesday, February 28, 2017

- BUDGET WORKSHOP (SPECIAL MEETING​)

ADJOURNMENT

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Where is all the money for dams?

By Carolyn Cavecche | As a taxpayer, I have some basic expectations. When I dial 9-1-1 I want a police officer or firefighter to arrive at my house as quickly as possible. I expect streets and roads to be drivable, and traffic signals to work properly. I want clean water when I turn on the faucet, and I expect it all to go away when I flush. And I would like the local dam to not fall apart. Californians pay a lot of taxes to cover these services, and will happily pay the user fees necessary to pay for items that are not covered by our taxes.

California taxpayers pay dearly to live and work here. We pay the highest state sales tax and the highest personal income tax in the nation. We rank at number five for gasoline tax, but when you add in the cap and trade tax we move up several rankings. Our business community suffers with the highest corporate tax rate in the west. Only seven other states have a higher top corporate tax rate in the nation. One could only imagine what our property taxes would be were it not for Prop. 13.

What do we receive for all these taxes? The largest pot of our money goes to education. Over 50 percent of general fund spending, or about $66 billion, goes to fund kindergarten through college programs. Next up is health and human services spending at $34 billion. Last on the list of big-money general fund spending is corrections and rehabilitation, our prison system, at $11 billion. Those three areas of spending account for 91 percent of the general fund expenditures laid out in Gov. Brown’s initial 2017-2018 State Budget.

But where is the infrastructure spending? you might ask.

To read the entire column, please click here.

Oroville Dam

 

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Japanese American internment camps were created 75 years ago yesterday

By David Ono, KABC | Sunday marked 75 years since the signing of a presidential executive order that sent nearly 120,000 innocent Japanese Americans to internment camps.

Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Feb. 19, 1942, and showed an incredible display of a president’s power.

Read the entire news story . . .

 

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Mayor Whitaker to hold ‘Talk Around Town’ Thursday evening

Muckenthaler CenterFullerton Mayor Bruce Whitaker will hold his monthly “Talk Around Town” this Thursday evening at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 West Malvern Avenue. Fullerton residents are invited to bring their questions and concerns about goings-on in the city.

The event will start at 6:30 pm and end at 8:00 pm.

 

 

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Fullerton is not alone in its budget squeeze

Budget SqueezeFullerton is not alone in its impending financial debacle. Cities ranging from the nearly-bankrupt working-class city of Richmond up north to the well-heeled city of Costa Mesa here in Orange County are experiencing budget crunches, and both of them were in the news today:

Richmond cuts jobs, street repairs, library books to keep up with pension costs

Despite surplus, Costa Mesa’s financial forecast looks cloudy, official says

The common theme in all of these budget crunches is escalating pension costs. Our friend Steven Greenhut provided a look at what’s to come in one of his columns on CalWatchdog in January titled “California cities facing growing pension costs in new year.”

Note in the city’s PowerPoint slide below that Fullerton’s contribution to public safety (fire and police) pensions has doubled since 2007-08 (from 25% to 51% this fiscal year) and will increase gradually over the next five years until it reaches 83% in FY 2022-23. That’s 83 cents our city will have to contribute to CalPERS for every one dollar we pay to our firefighters and cops:

CalPERS' increasing rates

For background on the effect that escalating pension costs will increasingly have on communities around the state, read a 2014 column by Steven Greenhut in The American Spectator titled “California Faces Death by Pension.”

 

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Watch last night’s special city council meeting on the budget

Last night’s special “budget workshop” was short — just under an hour. If you weren’t able to be there in person, you can watch it here:

To download a copy of the budget — the only item on the agenda — click here.

The PowerPoint presentation that was used to explain that document can be downloaded by clicking here.

These pages from the PowerPoint dramatically illustrate the city’s impending financial challenges:

 

 

 

 

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Charter Communications interviews Mayor Bruce Whitaker

Charter Local Edition anchor Leslie Leyton interviews Fullerton Mayor Bruce Whitaker about several city issues including efforts to launch a Joint Powers Authority with Brea and the escalating cost of employee pensions:

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State Sen. Hertzberg targets homeowners with higher water and sewer rates

By Jon CoupalIt’s no secret that tax-and-spend interests have hated Proposition 13 since its adoption by the voters in 1978. Immediately after passage, Prop. 13 was the target of numerous lawsuits and legislative proposals seeking to create loopholes that would allow government to grab more tax dollars from California citizens.

Jon CoupalThese constant attacks compelled taxpayer advocates to go back to the voters with multiple initiatives to preserve the letter and spirit of Prop. 13. These included Prop. 62 in 1986 (voter approval for local taxes); Prop. 218 (closing loopholes for local fees and so-called “benefit assessments”); and Prop. 26 (requiring “fees” to have some nexus to the benefits conferred on the fee payers).

However, the latest tax-grabber to treat homeowners as ATMs is state Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys. If he gets his way, Californians will be spending a lot more on water and sewer service. He seeks to do away with the critical “cost of service” requirements for water rates as well as treat “stormwater runoff” (the rain that runs down street gutters) the same as “sewer service,” opening the door to virtually unlimited — and unvoted — sewer rates.

To read the entire column, please click here.

 

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Don’t miss tonight’s special city budget workshop

Tonight’s special city council meeting (6:30 in the council chamber) has only one item on the agenda: A discussion of the city’s upcoming budget process and fiscal condition, including a presentation of the mid-year financial report and second quarter treasurer’s report.

If you can’t attend, you can watch the meeting on cable channel 3. To follow along with the discussion, download a copy of the budget by clicking here.

 

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