Fiscal certainty is critical to the sustainability of local
services that residents rely upon. In the face of economic
uncertainty and a growing state deficit, Cal Cities is focused on
pushing back against any proposals that would disrupt this
Local governments have developed their budgets in essentially the
same way for decades — and for good reason. It is simple,
predictable, and provides a sense of control. However, there are
new forces that both make the traditional budget less tenable and
offer new ways to achieve more optimal, fairer results.
California’s unfunded pension woes could become worse in the next
few years. Thanks in part to the painful lessons of the 2008
recession, cities have more tools that can help them prepare.
However, the window to prepare is narrowing.
Firefighters and paramedics often do not have the time to address
the chronic causes behind emergency calls, such as homelessness.
Montebello is filling that service gap by treating people where
they are, building long-term relationships, and developing
As we settle into the new year, two new municipal finance laws
need your attention. One law involves local Gann Limits and has a
March 1 reporting deadline. The other adds new requirements for
development impact fees.
There is no shortage of opinions as to what the Fed will or will
not do. That said, the undeniable fact is that this recent and
historical tightening of monetary policy has transformed cash
into a compelling asset class.
Landscape management is often dismissed as “just gardening.” In
reality it requires a large amount of specialist knowledge. It
can also create enormous health, economic, and aesthetic benefits