Budget

August 28, 2020

The Los Angeles Coalition Insights on State Budget & Tax Proposals

The Los Angeles Coalition’s “Insight on LA” breaks down California’s budget and income tax system, as well as provides changes necessary to safeguard economic development by broadening the state’s tax base.

July 13, 2020

Budget Advocate Jack Humphreville Asserts LA’s City Finances are a Mismanaged Mess

Jack Humphreville opines—given the lack of budget information being shared by L.A. City Hall during the pandemic—on the need for more transparency and accountability for the handling of public funds.

April 22, 2020

Miguel Santana, Former LA City CAO, Reflects on Never-Before-Experienced Fiscal Challenges

Miguel Santana recalls his time as Chief Administrative Officer for the City of LA during the Great Recession and comments on the reality of operating under revenue-starved city budgets.

April 19, 2020

'City Under Attack': LA Mayor Eric Garcetti's 2020 State of the City Address

Facing budget shortfalls and fiscal hardships already dwarfing those of the Great Recession, the economic aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic was the focus of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's 2020 State of the City address.

April 19, 2020

Is Rick Cole's Resignation as Santa Monica City Manager a Canary in the Coal Mine for All Cities?

Rick Cole on the existential challenges cities must grapple to be a leading city in the 21st century and shares Santa Monica's incredible achievements during his 5 years as city manager and the sacrifices that remain as the city endures the challenges of COVID-19.

April 13, 2020

Joel Fox: To Tax or Not to Tax, that is the Question

Joel Fox opines on the challenging choices and dire financial straits local and state governments face as the costs of COVID-19 continue to rise.

February 25, 2019

Los Angeles CAO on City Budget Transparency & Asset Management

Los Angeles City Administrative Officer Rich Llewellyn shares the challenges of managing the city's significant assets and investments to combat homelessness.

June 28, 2017

Seattle's Management of an Integrated, Equitable Budget & Planning Process Has a Leader

Samuel Assefa, head of Seattle’s Office of Planning & Community Development, shares what he's learned from other cities—and what other cities can learn from Seattle—on producing affordable housing, accommodating growth, and revitalizion for the next generation.

June 24, 2017

Metro's Phil Washington: Update on LA's 21st Century Transportation Build-Out

The proposed federal budget would cut transportation infrastructure funding by 13 percent. Metro CEO Phil Washington discusses the impact of losing that support.

April 20, 2015

CAO Santana on LA City Structural Deficit & Trade-Offs in Mayor’s Budget

CAO Miguel Santana unpacks the assumptions imbedded in the FY 2015-2016 budget, frankly commenting on labor negotiations.

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