Tag Archive for Budget

Paul Ryan Has Granny Issues

Rep. Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee has released his budget proposal. As expected , Paulie still has some granny issues. Paul Ryan disrespects his elders in order to score points with the most extreme elements of the Republican Party.

Observations from Primary Night

Primary night has come and gone.  And there’s a number of things the results of yesterday’s election reveal.  In no particular order, and noting that some results still can change, these observations: In Wisconsin, voters returned control of the State Senate back to Democrats making Governor Scott Walker’s job harder not easier.  If Democrats in…

Santa Ana Budget Picture Looking Better

Former Santa Ana City Manager Chief Paul Walters (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

In large part due to the outsourcing of the Santa Ana Fire Department services to the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), and amendments to employee contracts, Santa Ana’s financial picture is looking brighter than it was several months ago.

Stories of the Year – 2011

Leprechaun Mayor Gary Monahan

Well, 2011 is just about behind us and a presidential election year is just ahead – time flies.  Let’s look back at some of the 2011 stories we covered here in no particular order.  We can debate which one is the top story but it’s pretty subjective.  Please feel free to include your own in…

Costa Mesa Isn’t Broke After All

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Well the numbers are in for the fiscal year ending June 2011 and it turns out Costa Mesa had a $3.8 million surplus. City officials had predicted a shortfall of $1.4 million earlier this year. But what’s a $5.2 million difference among friends?

Costa Mesa budget woes don’t curb wasteful spending

Councilman Jim Righeimer - Costa Mesa, Photo: Chris Prevatt

On Tuesday night the City of Costa Mesa approved a reorganization of their organizational structure that added hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual costs for two PR management positions that are currently held by high priced consultants and adding new positions including two Executive Secretary’s to serve the whims of the Council members.