City Council Budget $28 Million: Now, How to Spend It?

In preparing the city’s budget for the next fiscal year, department heads have been asked to either trim expenses or to maintain expenses and improve efficiency — but the City Council avoided phrasing any reduction or improvement as a specific order.
City Manager Marcella Marlowe said she plans to present a fairly maintained General Fund budget — one that doesn’t substantially add or reduce from the current year — as she continues to iron out the wrinkles of prior bureaucratic mismanagement in City Hall. Parks and Public Works Director Michael Throne outlined a plan to develop his department’s “assembly line” that will allow the city to aggressively address deferred infrastructure maintenance. Continue reading “City Council Budget $28 Million: Now, How to Spend It?”

City Council Ensures Capital Projects Funding

The City Council has taken the next step to what will likely result in public works projects becoming the routine for the foreseeable future.
Moving forward, the city will maintain a reserve fund balance of about 40% of General Fund revenues, with any exceeding amount to be transferred to either a Capital Projects Fund or a Capital Equipment Fund. The reserve fund balance will be used only for one-time expenditures in response to unanticipated needs or shortfalls in revenue, and if that happens, the city will plan to rebuild the balance back to the 40% benchmark as quickly as practical. Continue reading “City Council Ensures Capital Projects Funding”

Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment Project to Get Smaller

The so-called “Big Dig” won’t be as big after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a scaled-down version of the Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment Removal project Tuesday.
Instead of the 2.4 million cubic yards previously approved for removal from the Hahamongna Watershed Park behind the Devil’s Gate Dam, now 1.7 million cubic yards will be scheduled to be removed over a three- to five-year span.
That’s still more than the 1.1 million cubic yards suggested in a plan set forth by the city of Pasadena and championed by environmentalists. Nonetheless, several speakers at Tuesday’s meeting expressed satisfaction about the compromise, which passed 5-0 after being proposed by L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger at Tuesday’s board meeting. Continue reading “Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment Project to Get Smaller”

SM City Council Hopefuls Take Questions at Forum

City Council candidates Calvin Lo (from left), Scott Kwong, Susan Jakubowski, Ken Ude, Dr. Hai-Sou Chen, Gretchen Shepherd Romey and Eugene Sun reached out to voters at a candidate forum last week.

All seven City Council candidates were on hand for the San Marino City Club-sponsored forum at San Marino High School last week, all of whom made the most of the two hours to tout their campaigns to prospective voters.
Taking the stage in Neher Auditorium roughly a month out from the Nov. 7 election, candidates answered a variety of questions that were prepared ahead of time, anonymously submitted to each other among themselves and also from audience members. The auditorium was roughly half full.
The candidates are, alphabetically, Dr. Hai-Sou Chen, Susan Jakubowski, Scott Kwong, Calvin Lo, Gretchen Shepherd Romey, Eugene Sun and Ken Ude. Continue reading “SM City Council Hopefuls Take Questions at Forum”

Right Turn Could Speed Things Up

City officials hope a new right-turn pocket will at least slightly ease congestion at La Cañada Flintridge’s busiest intersection of Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard.
On Tuesday night, after the update was discussed at the City Council meeting, crews finished painting the new lane, which will allow vehicles headed eastbound to turn directly onto the 210 Freeway without having to queue up behind cars lined up to drive straight on ACH.

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