The (Emeryville) Ship’s Afloat

May 13, 2013
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I’ve been studying the city of Emeryville’s Comprehensive Annual Report covering the year ending June 30, 2012.  Not an easy read at 206 pages, but it gives a useful picture of how we are doing as a financial entity.  My general impression is that the ship is afloat and riding fairly high in the water,

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An Emeryville Retrospective: Sneaking into an Oaks Game in 1949

April 29, 2013
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An Emeryville Retrospective: Sneaking into an Oaks Game in 1949

I was thinking the other day about my first time in Emeryville, not driving past the city but putting feet on the ground in it.  The attraction was an Oakland Oaks ball game against the San Diego Padres in the summer of 1949, an encounter between two Pacific Coast League teams in the era before

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What the City, and Wareham Development, Can be Thankful For

November 28, 2012
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What the City, and Wareham Development, Can be Thankful For

Finance Committee Update: Sales Tax Asset, Cheaper Fire Services, and Potential 12-Year Tax Exemption for Wareham Development The Finance Committee met on Monday, Nov. 19, just three days before Thanksgiving.  Are we feeling thankful?  Yes and no. On the positive side, city revenue remains up over last year— the new Target store in town is proving to

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City Budget: Revenue Up, Spending Down, But Cost of Losing Redevelopment Funds Still Unclear

September 4, 2012
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City Budget: Revenue Up, Spending Down, But Cost of Losing Redevelopment Funds Still Unclear

Finance Committee Recommends Community Input on Priority Projects for Capital Improvement Pool The Finance Committee took a close look at the economic state of the city at its meeting last month.  What did the quarterly figures show?  Eight of the top 10 budgeted revenue sources showed increases over last year.  Sales tax revenues were up 14

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Emeryville’s New Budget: Some Important City Services Preserved But Debt a Staggering $250 million

July 2, 2012
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Emeryville’s New Budget: Some Important City Services Preserved But Debt a Staggering $250 million

The City Council approved a two-year budget for Emeryville at its meeting on June 19.  It’s our first financial blue print since the demise of Redevelopment Agency (RDA) funding, and it reflects the fact that building boom days are over.  The fight to pay for key services and essential projects without RDA support now begins. 

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City Council Votes to Cut Community Preservation and Arts Staff

June 9, 2012
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City Council Votes to Cut Community Preservation and Arts Staff

The City Council made key budget decisions at its June 5 meeting last week. The basic budget package developed in the three May workshops changed little, but the variations that did emerge are worth a look. They center on staff cuts, funding for Capital Improvement Projects, and two low budget but useful programs/projects. Staffing cuts

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Three Days in May: Emeryville Budget Gets Hashed Out in Series of Meetings

June 2, 2012
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Three Days in May: Emeryville Budget Gets Hashed Out in Series of Meetings

City Staff to Bring Revised Budget to City Council June 5 Citizens, city staffers, and city council members wrestled with Emeryville’s next budget during three workshops held at City Hall on May 21, May 22, and May 23.  There’s a difference between plowing through the 245-page draft budget, as members of the Finance Advisory Committee did

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The City’s Financial Future

May 8, 2012
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The City’s Financial Future

Emeryville City Hall Emeryville’s Financial Advisory Committee met on April 23 and tackled a draft of the city’s proposed budget for the next two years.  The 245-page document is a rough map of how the city will earn its living and pay its bills. It starts a budget process we citizens should watch carefully, and it

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Emeryville in the Post Redevelopment Agency Era

March 8, 2012
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Emeryville in the Post Redevelopment Agency Era

The city’s Finance Advisory Committee met on Monday, Feb. 27.  Some of its business was routine, some not. First, some good news:  Revenue for the second quarter was up $1,512,843 over the same period last year, a gain of about 15%, and expenditures for the quarter were down $356,958.  That’s encouraging, and we hope these figures

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Bigger, and Better, Emeryville Finance Committee

September 12, 2011
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I recently attended my first meeting of the Finance Committee as a resident member and came away with positive impressions.  The Committee now has an expanded cadre: two city councilors, two business representatives, and two resident members.  By the time we next meet, a representative of the labor community in Emeryville

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