Council Approves Budget, SBDC Proposal

As the nation faces a poor economic outlook, the City of Temple City is not exempt from feeling the pain. Under the budget adopted by the City Council on Tuesday, June 17, 2008, the theme for the 2008-2009 fiscal year was the economy.

The City of Temple City is expected to generate approximately $10.6 million. Expenditures will total about $10.3 million. The surplus of $292,057 from the upcoming fiscal year will be budgeted for redevelopment purposes. According to City Manager Charles R. Martin, the City of Temple City also has $30.8 million in reserves (as of May 31, 2008).

In addition to the increase of fees, such as overnight parking from $1 to $2, the City Council approved pay bonuses for employees who speak more than one language.

City Manager Martin also recommended an experiment of switching all city staff from a 5-8 work week to a 4-10 work week. Under Martin’s plan, City Hall would be closed on Fridays and will operate on longer hours from Monday through Thursday.

“The City of Temple City is joining other local municipalities, state offices, and federal offices in adopting this increasingly popular environmental policy” said Matthew Wong, a political science major at UC Davis. “In addition to saving money from reduced electricity costs, city employees will reduce their travel footprint, reducing their consumption of gas.”

Prior to the adoption of the budget, the City Council made decisions regarding two separate economic proposals intended to boost the downtown economy.

The Council voted 3-2 in favor of the San Gabriel Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) proposal.

At the June 3rd City Council meeting, Daniel Morales, the director of the San Gabriel Valley Small Business Development Center, made a presentation to the City Council. Morales stated the SBDC partners with the Small Business Administration and local Chamber of Commerces to provide advice, training, and financial assistance to small businesses.

“This is a state government proposal” commented Linda Payne, President and CEO of the Temple City Chamber of Commerce. Payne stated the SBDC promotes getting new businesses in Temple City.

The proposal would cost the City a $10,000 contribution.

Councilmembers Fernando Vizcarra, Judy Wong, and Mayor Cathé Wilson supported the SBDC proposal. Mayor Pro Tempore Dave Capra, dubious about the effectiveness of the plan, and Councilman Ken Gillanders voted against the proposal.

“I am going to go ahead and give this a try” stated Mayor Wilson before she cast her vote.

The City Council also voted 4-1 against the other economic proposal, the Cal Poly Planning Studying proposal. That option would have cost the City $40,000. Councilman Vizcarra, who initiated the idea, voted for the plan.

 

This article was written by Randy Shun. It was published in the Temple City Voice on September 3, 2008.

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