South City co-hosts ‘Balancing the Budget’ as KGO reports State revenue surplus

Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblymen Kevin Mullin and Rich Gordon Host Community Dialogue on the State Budget at Foothill College
Participants Can Try Their Hand at Balancing the Budget in Interactive Exercise

What: Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblymen Kevin Mullin and Rich Gordon host a community discussion on the state budget that includes an opportunity for the audience to participate in a real-time, on-site budgeting exercise. As a part of the interactive session, attendees will be able to click on options to increase or cut spending – and see how their choices would affect the proposed state budget.

 When: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Foothill College
Appreciation Hall, Building 1500
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills


The community discussion and the interactive “Budget Challenge” exercise are designed to further understanding of the state budget and the budgeting process. The event is particularly timely as Governor Brown’s revision to the proposed state budget

is scheduled to be released at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 14.

The event is co-sponsored by Next 10 and the Foothill DeAnza Community College District.

Other event co-hosts include League of Women Voters of Los Altos/Mountain View, League of Women Voters of North and Central San Mateo County, League of Women Voters of Palo Alto, League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, Cabrillo Unified School District, Chamber of Commerce Mountain View, Mountain View Los Altos High School District, Pacifica School District, Redwood City School District, San Carlos School District, San Mateo County Community College District, San Mateo Union High School District, South San Francisco Unified School District, Sunnyvale School District, East Palo Alto & Belle Haven Chamber of Commerce, Foster City Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce , Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, Millbrae Chamber of Commerce, Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, Portola Valley School District, Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley, Redwood City – San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce, San Carlos Chamber of Commerce, San Mateo County Economic Development Association, San Mateo County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sunnyvale Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. The cities of Brisbane, Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Pacifica, Palo Alto, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Atherton and Los Altos Hills and the Santa Clara & San Benito Council Building & Construction Trades Council and the South Bay Labor Council also are co-hosts.


In addition KGO Newstalk 810 AM, San Francisco just reported this regarding the surplus in the State coffers.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGO/AP) — California is enjoying a revenue surplus for a change, and that’s causing disagreement among Democrats.

Gov. Jerry Brown is reaping the benefits of an economic turn-around and higher taxes as he prepares to release his update Tuesday for the coming fiscal year’s budget. The state has collected $4.5 billion more than expected from personal income taxes.

But the Democratic governor, who has pledged to maintain fiscal restraint, faces pent-up pressure from members of his own party.

Democratic lawmakers want to restore adult dental care, child care and health services for the poor while expanding mental health care.

The Brown administration says education will take the largest share of the extra money under the state’s funding formula. Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer cautions that the additional revenue could be a one-time phenomenon.

Assembly Speaker John Perez tells KGO we can’t expect the extra tax money next year.


1 comment for “South City co-hosts ‘Balancing the Budget’ as KGO reports State revenue surplus

  1. Cynthia Marcopulos
    May 13, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    The banks foreclose on people’s property and are allowed to default on the property taxes for up to five years. By that time, they’ve passed along this obligation to the person buying the home in foreclosure or short sale. The law must be changed so that banks that foreclose and sit on properties must pay property taxes from day one. I’ve sent this to Gov. Brown, all our reps., even Jerry Hill — are they getting “funding” for their elections so that they won’t present such legislation?
    Our cities, counties and state function through the proceeds of property taxes mainly.

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