Tight budget highlights tough financial times at Redondo Beach

The Beach Reporter
by Paul Silva
(Updated: Thursday, May 31, 2012 5:24 PM PDT)

The proposed Redondo Beach city budget for the next fiscal year leaves a general fund balance of just $98,583 after all expenditures, a far cry from the millions in discretionary dollars available less than a decade ago.

In presenting the 2012-13 budget to City Council Tuesday night, City Manager Bill Workman purposely avoiding calling the money a surplus, saying, “That’s an amount of money that could disappear with one fish kill in the harbor.”

Workman said the city was in better shape than many others in the state, but it still faced a sluggish economy, uncertainty over the state’s $16 billion budget deficit, unfunded mandates and financial pressures created by the increasing costs of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). City staff members have already taken pay cuts and approved reduced retirement benefits for new employees. The city has also cut staffing, with the proposed budget covering 432 authorized positions, down from 496 five years ago.
Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach

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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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