Council Post of 9/7/11

Earlier today I posted notice of my talk to the City Council. The WTVA news tonight reports that what was suggested just might become the budget. I proposed a pay as you go bare bones general budget and at this time no Capital budget. This includes no money for tuition, swimming pools, down payment  for new home purchases etc. Lets wait a while and see how the economy develops. Yes there is money in the general fund for street overlays, one new code enforcement officer and three new fire trucks  purchased via financing and not a bond issue and still give the employees a raise. To me this is good news. We can live with in our means and do what is necessary for our city. I finished my talk last night by saying “You may have the purse strings now but the last time I checked we still held the ballot box” Please, if you agree email your council person and any other Council person and tell them you appreciate their courage in supporting this position. They will meet again Friday afternoon and I know the Mayor will be twisting arms in the mean time. He is just one man we are a community. This  is a call to action.  Thanks. jim

Sept 6 City Council

Appeared last night and spoke about the disconnect between the Neighborhood Development Corp. hearing Sept 19. requesting a $250,000 grant for “Homeowner Rehabilitation, New construction of Rental Units or Home Buyer Assistance” for the poor and the proposed city budget of $2,000,000 for those on the other side of the tracts. Of course I got no response, didn’t think I would. But for the record I had to say something is wrong in more ways than one. If you have not read today’s Daily Journal editorial pg, look at Bobby Harrison’s article. We, City of Hope, are not alone in our efforts. When the politicos are long dead and gone the City of Hope will still be here. We shall overcome. As we start putting together the group please let me know if you interest in serving on a committee. I plan on having a “core” gp meeting the last week of this month. jim