Sacramento needs a real-life approach to budgeting

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Corrupt-O-Crats

Torrance, CA

#1 Apr 6, 2010
I hate to be the one to inform you Mr. Ward, but it's YOUR party that has been in charge of CA politics for almost the least two decades and look where your parties leaders have taken us. ALL of your union sponsored lawmakers have bankrupted this great state with laws passed that only favor the public employee unions, at the expense of ALL of us. And they spend the rest of it on numerous social programs.

You Mr. Ward are part of the problem.

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Corrupt-o-crats

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Apr 6, 2010
Karlheinz wrote:
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"As a local mayor and council member," said Mitch Ward, "working with my local constituents, I have stayed committed to focusing and solving local issues. I have helped balance our city budget, despite the economic crisis and the state's attempts to raid local coffers. That means our city maintains a strong 'AAA' bond rating and police, fire and senior services remain intact. We even found enough revenues to donate nearly $2 million to local schools to prevent teacher layoffs and class-size increases. I am most proud I helped to create sustainable jobs that are both green and local so they cannot be outsourced."
"The reason we have been successful is because we have examined our spending priorities like real people do - we made a list of what is most important (police, fire, education, senior services) and cut back on those things that are not crucial like city celebrations (when we have the money we will bring them back). That wisdom will do me well in Sacramento, and I think this pragmatic and common-sense thinking will create somewhat of a revolution among state lawmakers and help bring our state's fiscal house in order."
Sounds reasonable. And a "revolution among state lawmakers" sounds exciting too.
Sounds too good to be true. I'll elieve it when I see it. That would mean he would piss off their sponsors, the unions.
Corrupt-o-crats

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Apr 6, 2010
Karlheinz wrote:
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"As a local mayor and council member," said Mitch Ward, "working with my local constituents, I have stayed committed to focusing and solving local issues. I have helped balance our city budget, despite the economic crisis and the state's attempts to raid local coffers. That means our city maintains a strong 'AAA' bond rating and police, fire and senior services remain intact. We even found enough revenues to donate nearly $2 million to local schools to prevent teacher layoffs and class-size increases. I am most proud I helped to create sustainable jobs that are both green and local so they cannot be outsourced."
"The reason we have been successful is because we have examined our spending priorities like real people do - we made a list of what is most important (police, fire, education, senior services) and cut back on those things that are not crucial like city celebrations (when we have the money we will bring them back). That wisdom will do me well in Sacramento, and I think this pragmatic and common-sense thinking will create somewhat of a revolution among state lawmakers and help bring our state's fiscal house in order."
Sounds reasonable. And a "revolution among state lawmakers" sounds exciting too.
This "elieve" should be believe...
Dingo

Sacramento, CA

#5 Apr 6, 2010
Move to Montana. And good riddance.

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MB Truth

Canyon Country, CA

#6 Apr 6, 2010
It's curious that Mitch Ward thinks that M.B.'s budget situation in anyway reflects "real life.

The city has immense economic resources in comparison with pretty much the rest of the country. Certainly the solution isn't as simple as California instantly becoming as wealthy as a state as Manhattan Beach is a city.

Evenso, the current M.B. budget reflects deficit balances at 6/30/10 for the Street Lighting & Landscaping Fund, the Water Fund, the Wastewater Fund, and the Parking Fund, which unfortunately duplicates the current "real-life" budgeting in California. Mitch Ward has known of this problem for years.

But where does M.B. get some of this excess general fund money?

M.B. has no articulated facilities replacement plan, and has been enhancing their reserves and current spending by irrationally overlooking their facility replacement obligation.

Meanwhile, the city's Parks and Rec Department describes its swimming pool complex as "disgusting" and a recent architectural study reported that one of its main community buildings has continually seeping asbestos. Another active Park and Rec building is a 1920s-era quonset hut, and its Scout House has a chronic and persistent termite problem. Unlike surrounding communities, Manhattan Beach can't even find the money to provide a skatepark, nor even fund basic services such as bus stop shelters. To me, that is not the sort of "real-life" budgeting California needs.

The city has no real internal transit system nor even a bike plan.

Over half of the police/fire station was financed by borrowing from the general fund for 30 years, borrowing from future generations, as the city was incapable of passing a bond issue for supplementary funds. That sounds sort of like California, though, too.

Yes, the city was able to erase a recent projected general fund budget deficit of $3 million through cut-backs through a cut-back in luxury spending, but note that Mitch Ward would reinstate this spending when revenues increase. And California will not be able to get back on a firm financial footing by merely reducing the amount of money the state spends on Pet Appreciation Day.

Real-life? I don't think so.
What a Croc

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Apr 12, 2010
If Mitch Ward can't even run Manhatten Beach how can he fix Sacramento??? Losers finish last!!!

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Ouch

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Sep 18, 2011
Mitch Ward is full of hot air! I'll be voting for his opponent.

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Ipso Facto

Malibu, CA

#11 Oct 27, 2011
Mitch Ward needs to get a life. Enough of the Burning Man and Occupy LA cheap shot photo ops!

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#13 Nov 4, 2011
Balance the budget by: firing jerry brown, getting rid of unions, getting rid of illegals,getting rid of restrictions on business, using all of our farm land, mining for gold, send all welfare recipients to mexico, make all liberals move to SF, build a fence around it and then turn it into its own state seperate from the rest of cali....i think all of that would be a good start.
RJs

Los Angeles, CA

#14 Apr 24, 2012
Mitch Ward, Richard Montgomery and Nick Tell are has-beens who never were. Can you spell LOSERS!!!

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