Fullerton City Hall is closed today for another three-day weekend

City Hall Closure Dates and
Observed Holidays

January –1*, 12, 26
February – 9, 19*, 23
March – 9, 23
April – 6, 20
May – 4, 18, 28*
June – 1, 15, 29
July – 4*, 13, 27
August – 10, 24
September – 3*, 7, 21
October5, 19
November – 2, 11*, 16, 22*, 23*,30
December – 14, 24*, 25*, 26^,27^, 28, 31*

*Holiday observed
^Winter Closure

Fullerton City Hall

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Forum for high school board candidates is tonight at 6:30

The League of Women Voters is hosting a Candidates Forum this evening for those seeking election to the Fullerton Joint Union High School District (FJUHSD) Board of Trustees.

It will be held in the district’s boardroom, 1051 W. Bastanchury Road, beginning at 6:30 pm (click here to see map).

There will be two more LWV candidate forums after this one — next Tuesday and Wednesday:

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Report by Senator Moorlach finds 2/3 of California’s 944 school districts bleed red ink

State Sen. John MoorlachState Senator John Moorlach released his latest fiscal report yesterday, “Financial Soundness Rankings for California’s Public School Districts, Colleges & Universities” (to download the report click here). It follows his March 2018 report on the state’s 482 cities that found 2/3 of them in the red; of 58 counties, 55 suffered deficits and only three enjoyed positive balance sheets. His May 2018 report on the 50 U.S. states found only nine were financially healthy, with California ranked among the worst, in 42nd place.

Some key findings from the new education report:

  • About two-thirds of California’s 944 public school districts run negative balance sheets. These statements show the most distressed districts could soon reach a tipping point into insolvency and receivership.
  • Of the state’s large school districts, those in severe distress include Los Angeles Unified School District, with a negative $10.9 billion balance sheet; San Diego Unified at negative $1.5 billion; Fresno Unified at negative $849 million; and Santa Ana Unified at negative $485 million, the worst in Orange County.
  • Of Orange County’s 27 public school districts, only one, Fountain Valley School District, is in positive financial territory.
  • One bright spot is the 58 county boards of education. At least 51 of them have manageable per capita unrestricted net deficits of -$159 or less, with 14 in positive territory.
  • Of the state’s 72 community college districts, only one enjoys a positive unrestricted net position (UNP).
  • Cal State University’s balance sheet is negative $3.66 billion.
  • The University of California’s balance sheet bleeds red ink all over the state, at negative $19.3 billion. Worse, that will double next year, to $38.6 billion, when retiree medical is included.

The Moorlach Report is a flashing caution light to almost every public education budget in California. Unless things can change quickly, taxpayers can expect new levies, and post-secondary students and parents should fear higher tuition.

State Senator John Moorlach of Costa Mesa represents the 37th district of California. He is a trained Certified Financial Planner and is the only trained CPA in the California Senate. He gained national attention 23 years ago when he was appointed Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector and helped the county recover from its bankruptcy filing – at that time the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

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Watch last night’s city council meeting

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California firefighter who made $327,491 in 2017 asks us to support higher taxes

By Edward Ring, California Policy Center | Every two years, around this time, political mailers inundate the mailboxes of California’s registered voters. This week, many Sacramento residents received a “Vote No on Prop 6″ mailer. Prop 6 is that pesky, subversive citizens ballot initiative that, if approved by voters, will roll back the gas tax.

But Prop. 6 isn’t the topic here. Rather, the topic is all taxes in California. Why is there relentless pressure to increase them? And what special interests are paying for these campaigns to increase (or preserve) taxes across California?

In that context, this No on Prop. 6 mailer is instructive. Because blazoned across the cover of this four page, 8.5″ x 11” glossy full color flyer, is Darrell Roberts, representing the California Professional Firefighters. Roberts is the president of IAFF Local 2180, the Chula Vista Firefighters Union. In addition to his duties as president of Local IAFF Local 2180, Roberts is a Fire Battalion Chief for the Chula Vista Fire Department. In that capacity, he earned $327,491 in 2017, including $99,887 of overtime.

Anti-Prop 6 campaign mailer

Now let’s back up for just a moment and make something perfectly clear. This isn’t about disrespecting firefighters in general, or Mr. Roberts in particular. Quite the contrary. Firefighters perform dangerous, challenging jobs that require years of intense training. Every year in California, a few of them die in the line of duty. In some years, more than a few. Furthermore, firefighters constantly witness trauma, often horrific, every time they respond not only to fires, but medical emergencies and automobile accidents. Their jobs are tough.

For these reasons, critics of public sector compensation trends should always temper their observations with respect. It is far too easy to observe, accurately, that many other jobs carry higher risk of injury or death, while forgetting that first responders stand between citizens and mayhem not just in normal times, but also in extraordinary times. In a truly cataclysmic event, and 911 is a perfect example, firefighters are obligated to occupy the front lines. They are the ones who must stop whatever destructive storms afflict our society. They are the ones who must go in before safety is restored, and rescue the stranded victims.

With that necessary preamble, and without diminishing it in any way, a difficult conversation remains necessary regarding public sector compensation, and the political power of the public sector unions who push for continuous increases in compensation.

To continue reading, please click here.

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Tonight’s city council meeting agenda

The AgendaTo read or download tonight’s detailed council meeting agenda, please 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 7:30 . . . or even later.

And you can also watch it on cable Channel 3 (Spectrum — formerly Time Warner Cable).

To read or download City Manager Ken Domer’s Weekly Update for last week (posted September 28), please click here (pdf).

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An update on the campaign to repeal the gas tax (Yes on Prop 6)

On Friday, Carl DeMaio was on KFI Radio again with talk show hosts John and Ken. The discussion on Prop 6 (Repeal the Gas Tax) is about four minutes into the beginning of this audio file and lasts for about 6 minutes:

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HJTA launches radio ad campaign for Yes on Prop. 6

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the most influential taxpayer advocacy group in California, launched a statewide radio ad campaign today in support of Proposition 6, the repeal of the gas and car tax increase.

“This unfair tax is making it harder for Californians to afford the cost of living,” said Jon Coupal, president of HJTA. “We were already paying some of the highest gas and car taxes in the country, yet the roads were not maintained. And now the politicians want to blame that on taxpayers and force every family to pay more to drive to work and to pay higher prices because of higher transportation costs.”

Coupal pointed out that Gov. Brown signed the tax increase, Senate Bill 1, despite having campaigned on a promise that there would be no new taxes without a vote of the people.

“Proposition 6 repeals this huge tax hike and guarantees that future increases in the gas and car tax must be approved by voters,” he said.

The 60-second radio ad is running in all major markets throughout California.

To listen to the ad, click here.

Vote Yes on Prop 6

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Proposition 10 just throws gasoline on the housing crisis fire

By Jon Coupal | This November, Californians will see several taxpayer threats on the ballot, not the least of which is Proposition 10, titled “Local Rent Control Initiative.” This measure would open the floodgates to big government bureaucracies, burdensome regulations and a loss of property rights. The word must be getting out, because a poll released last week by the Public Policy Institute of California shows Proposition 10 lagging.

A weekly column by Jon CoupalProposition 10 would repeal the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, a law that was enacted after a compromise was worked out between dozens of different interest groups. Costa-Hawkins stopped local governments in California from enacting a hodge-podge of different rent control laws, each with its own big bureaucracy. The law prohibited rent control on newly constructed buildings, single-family homes and condominium units. It also guaranteed the owners of existing rent-controlled buildings the right to raise the rent on a unit to market value for new tenants when the former tenants moved out.

Proposition 10 would allow cities to enact any type of new rent-control law. New bureaucracies could impose new rules, fees and price controls on old buildings, new buildings, small buildings, garage apartments, granny flats and even single-family homes and condos. Proposition 10 would make California’s well-documented housing crisis even worse by discouraging investment in rental housing and incentivizing conversions or even demolition of existing rental property.

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office warns this measure could hurt California taxpayers, predicting a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in state tax revenue. That would mean less money for schools, roads and emergency services.

What’s more, the initiative would unleash a massive new regulatory bureaucracy in control of all housing. Unelected rent boards would have the power to raise fees on housing without any caps, and no vote of the people or the local elected body is required.

To read the entire column, please click here.

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The Federal Reserve tells a big truth

By David Crane | On September 20, the Federal Reserve recognized a truth long covered up by California’s public pension funds.

David CraneIn its latest quarterly Financial Accounts report the Fed revised its measure of unfunded pension liabilities owed by state and local governments to $4.1 trillion, more than double the amount previously reported.

That means the $175 billion of unfunded pension obligations reported by the State of California is actually greater than $350 billion. The same math applies to local and other pension obligations across the state.

Financial economists have long called for that revision and in 2006 the State Senate removed me from the board of the State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) for calling for that and other reforms. Had they reformed then, there wouldn’t be a pension problem today. But they chose differently.

The consequences are cruel. Tens of billions of dollars are being diverted from schoolchildren to adults. Key state services receive less money than ten years ago despite a 30 percent increase in General Fund revenues. Tax increases are going to past debts rather than new services.

The pension problem was relatively easy to address in 2006. Because officials didn’t act then, it is causing pain now. Reform for the benefit of schoolchildren and young workers will require sacrifices by retirees and courageous leadership by the California Legislature. Absent reform, public services will continue to decline.

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