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Economic Development

Marin County Boasts Bright Budget Outlook

Marin County’s fiscal outlook is on the rise, according to officials. 

"For the first time in five years, we are projecting modest revenue growth of 2 percent and not asking departments for reduction scenarios," said County Administrator Matthew Hymel. "We have a structurally balanced budget."

Hymel, who will soon present the findings to county supervisors, said the brightening outlook is a result of an improving economy and a series of restructuring efforts.

Thousands of San Mateo County Employees May Get Raises

In the wake of reports of a rebounding economy, and the recent voter-approval of a sales tax increase, San Mateo officials will soon bring up the possibility of giving a 3 percent pay raise to thousands of county employees at an upcoming board of supervisors meeting.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Service Employees International Union, which account for about 70% of the county’s 5,300-person workforce would receive said salary increase. 

Riverside County Board Of Supervisors Approves New Campaign Finance Rules

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a new set of campaign finance regulations aimed at increasing government transparency. Under the new rules, candidates for county office will be required to publicly disclose all contributions of $1,000 or more via the internet within 10 days.

Supervisor Kevin Jeffries began pushing for the new rules in April. In addition to the new requirements, he insists that an easily accessible online database would help save the county precious time and money.

Rural County Representatives Asks State to Make Past Due Payments to Counties

The Rural County Representatives of California recently urged Governor Jerry Brown to honor his (and the state's) obligations to counties in regards to the Department of Fish and Wilflife's "Payment in Lieu of Taxes." The county representatives ask the state to include these paymsents as part of the 2014-15 state budget and then continue the payments annually, which the state is required to do according to Fish and Game Code Section 1504. However, they have failed to do so as of late.

Riverside County Leads Program for Underprivileged Students

The Riverside County Office of education has recently will participate as “region leader” for CaPROMISE, a statewide project that is designed to improve education and employment opportunities for students that get Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Five states have been selected to be a part of the national PROMISE campaign, which stands for Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income. It is a joint effort amongst several different federal departments, including the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Social Security Administration.

Mendocino County Credit Rating Upgraded

Standard and Poor (S&P) upgraded Mendocino County’s credit rating from BBB- to AA- last week.

“In our opinion the county’s budgetary flexibility is currently strong, with reserves above 8 percent in fiscal 2012 and no plans to significantly spend them down,” the S&P report stated. “The county budgeted for a drawdown in fiscal 2013, but management reports that preliminary numbers show a surplus.”

New Study Says Los Angeles Has State’s Highest Poverty Rate

Los Angeles has the highest poverty rate among California’s 58 counties, according to a new analysis released Monday by the Public Policy Institute of California and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality.

Though official U.S. Census data for 2011 placed the county’s poverty rate at 18 percent, the researchers determined that a whopping 27 percent of Los Angeles County residents were actually living in poverty in 2011.

The new analysis included factors which are not traditionally taken into consideration, such as the increasing cost of city housing.

Government Shutdown Will Impact Up to 10,000 Kern County Jobs

Experts say that up to 10,000 Kern County employees may be furloughed in the wake of the federal government shutdown. Overall, Kern has 10,200 federal employees, most of which work for the Federal Department of Defense. Military personnel who are active will still work—some of them without pay—but any other Defense Department workers (who make up a majority of the county’s federal employees) will be furloughed. 

County Workers March in L.A. to Rally for Higher Wages

After their contract expired, LA County workers took to the streets by the thousand to rally for higher wages. But their march also had a second motive: to criticize county leaders for not recognizing their hard work and the many sacrifices they have made due to the recession, such as not receiving raises and dealing with furlough days.

LA County Workers Rally for Higher Pay

LA County labor organizers are urging their members to participate in a rally this week after the news that their contract with Los Angeles County is set to expire. The point of the march and rally is to spread the word to the public and media of their frustration with the county said a local labor organizer. 

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