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City Council Looks At Fiscal Priorities

Walnut Creek council has retreat starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday at Assistance League office on Buena Vista Avenue.

The City Council has scheduled a special meeting, a retreat, for 8:30 a.m. Friday, expected to last most of the business day.

The meeting is at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Assistance League of Diablo Valley, 2711 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek.

It's an opportunity to look at the city's mission globally, in this case with a discussion of fiscal sustainability strategic priorities, according to the meeting agenda.

City Council members will listen to staff presentations on 27 city services — categorized as regulatory, internal and community — including an estimate of how many residents are served by each program. "We will be asking each Council member to tell us whether these services are part of our future," states a memo from City Manager Ken Nordhoff (memo is attached to this story as a PDF).

Lester Walker January 24, 2013 at 10:39 PM
It always amazes me how no one can make a decision to save their life at City Hall. Leadership is severely lacking at the Council and City Manager level. How long does it take you people to figure out public safety should be your priority??? Ygnacio Valley Road, Rossmoor Parkway, California Blvd. and North Main Street have become NASCAR tracks now that you cut all the traffic cops. Our school kids are at risk after you cut all the school resource officers despite the fact Concord, Pleasant Hill, Lafayette and Danville managed to maintain their school officers. The Rudgear/Livornia area of town has no Fire Department coverage. And the homeless seem to be taking over downtown to the point that even if you find a parking spot some drunk is going to accost you. How does everyone but you people seen to know what's going on? Meanwhile everything but safety items still seem to get funded. Can you say tone deaf?
One more time with feeling January 27, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Lester Walker, The Walnut Creek City Council *can* make decisions. Voters twice did not approve bond measures for the Contra Costa County Library downtown Walnut Creek branch. City Mgr Mike Parness advised the City Council the library project was not affordable (and Mr. Parness "left"). They built it anyway with funding from the General fund - resulting in the layoff of 30+ employees. Even former City Manager Pokorney said we could not afford it. (I'll stop bringing this up as soon as a public apology is made from those who forced the project through. There was no provision in the failed bonds declaring the project would happen without passage.) Citizens told City Council (through various City-sanctioned polls) that Public Safety is the highest priority. City Council made the decision to cut back on Police staffing & services. After depleting the General Fund to build the library & nearly bankrupting the city, City Council decided Heather Farm Park needs $3 million of fake turf & $22 million pools replacement project was floated. What galls me is the way the much of Lesher Center staffing/payroll is buried through CenterRep & DRAA "grants" and a "Visiting Actors residence" on Glenhaven continues to be a city-owned property. There are a couple of new City Council members. One got there with an eye on the budget. The other is part of the same group that's been been making these "decisions". We don't have a revenue problem - we have a spending problem.

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