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Friday, November 6

Storm coming

It's looking a lot like late fall outside the newsroom windows, and that can only mean one thing: the calm before the store.

Now that the election is over, the council members have to put through a budget by Nov. 30, if they want to avoid the layoffs contained in the current budget draft. So far, I have not heard of any revisions made to the budget, and I know that Commissioner of Finance Kenneth Ivins Jr. wants to meet with the newly elected Commissioner of Public Safety, Richard Wirth. But after a quiet and brief meeting on Wednesday evening, I think it's safe to say that we'll be back to business as usual by the next meeting.

After all, Commissioner of Public Works Skip Scirocco is still going to want to prevent the loss of jobs in his department, as will Commissioner of Public Safety Ron Kim, even if he is a lame duck. On the flip side, everyone is going to want to keep taxes as low as possible, and I hate to burst the bubble, but I think it's fairly clear that the VLT money isn't coming back.

All of that comprises a lot of challenges that this council is going to have to address, and all in the next three weeks.

So, even if the election is over, but things on the council are still plenty busy.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they will the "3-week" Church St. project will be done by then. Why is it every city road project (South Broadway, Nelson Ave, now this one) take longer than expected?

November 6, 2009 at 4:44 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Public Works. the reason the leaves have not been picked up on the East Side this past week as they trucks are hauling sand for the winter. In the past this was done in December after all leaves were picked up. Is Deputy Design getting everything ready for unqualified Deputy Donna Buckley?

November 8, 2009 at 10:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're probably not picking up the leaves to teach everyone what it will be like with fewer employees in public works. For that matter, it's been awhile since I've seen the police ticketing cars in the usual areas, which are a mess due to all the leaves in the streets.

November 9, 2009 at 10:45 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one in Public works has been laid off!

November 17, 2009 at 5:19 PM 

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