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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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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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Support Local Placemaking, Our Restaurants

June 8, 2020
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By Paul FadelliMayor Pro Tem, City El Cerrito During these difficult times, restaurants everywhere are in dire straits…and that includes El Cerrito. The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) estimates that as many as 5-7 million restaurant workers may lose their jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis. In El Cerrito, most restaurants are providing only […]

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El Cerrito’s Economic Issues Complicated By Covid-19

March 31, 2020
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Comments made at March 25, City Council meeting where Council passed ordinance to provide short-term protection against evictions of renters due to ramifications of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Parks & Pools are Good for El Cerrito

October 24, 2019
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The Measure H campaign highlighted El Cerrito’s quality of life and the need to renew the low parcel tax to fund our city’s parks and pools. Here is a debate put on by the CA League of Women Voters with me in support and the Contra Costa County Taxpayers Association opposed:

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