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Financial Update – October 2020

October 21, 2020
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Final budget vote. Oct 6, 2020 After many months of reviewing similar city budget numbers and themes, we may be moving tonight to pass the ‘20 – ‘21 budget. That’s good news! Hopefully it will become clear to our residents — and financial scrutinizers — that this City Council is resolved to take action on […]

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Financial Update – August 2020

August 27, 2020
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City Council has recently set the course for El Cerrito’s finances going forward with a strategy that will eventually begin accruing reserves by 2023 or 2024 — depending upon circumstances with the recession and Covid -19. The approach focuses on cuts and a 3-year recovery, so that important services residents like will not be decimated. […]

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Lights for El Cerrito – update!

August 10, 2020
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Last year, many El Cerritans noticed holiday lights along San Pablo Avenue in our Theater District and at the Plaza. That seemed to make many residents happy. Growing up here, my family and I always enjoyed the lights and decorations at the Plaza when we shopped. But after many years without them, I started asking […]

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Getting El Cerrito Back on Track

August 10, 2020
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2020 has brought so many challenges we never imagined. Many more problems lie ahead.

Even before the Coronavirus outbreak earlier this year, and its resulting economic downturn and job losses, our past budgetary decisions in El Cerrito set the stage for a tough course ahead. Recent actions on the budget and service cuts are beginning to get El Cerrito back on track. But it sure won’t be easy.

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Black Lives Matter in El Cerrito

June 11, 2020
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There is so much to say about the death by police of George Floyd. Problem is…it has all been said many times before. You just have to say the names to understand.

In the middle of a pandemic, the worst economic catastrophe since the great depression and a racist President that, his military generals agree, tries to divide the country, our El Cerrito City Council said George Floyd mattered all the more.

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El Cerrito Finance Update – June 2020

June 8, 2020
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El Cerrito to borrow nearly $9 million to avert fiscal crisis

The council voted 5-0 to authorize borrowing $8.5 million and up to $8.9 million for the 2020-21 fiscal year because it anticipates a shortfall in mid-December.

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