December’s Revenue Slumber

For the state’s General Fund, four months are head and shoulders more important than the rest. From highest to lowest: April, June, January, and December.

Let’s hope April, June, and January bring in the cash, because December didn’t do so hot.

State Controller John Chiang announced today that cash receipts in December were below all expectations. They came in $1.4 billion (-15.0%) below what the 2011-12 budget relies… Continue reading

Providing Counties with a Glimpse of Their Membership Benefits

This week, CSAC is distributing a new, annual publication to county leaders titled the “2010 & 2011 Member Benefits & Participation Review.” This piece was developed by CSAC to provide our members with insight into what programs and services their specific county is taking advantage of and how they are benefiting the county and its leadership.

The county-specific reports look at six areas:

  • Finance Corporation program participation

Annual Meeting: Be the Change

Become the change you want to see – that was a common theme among the two speakers who highlighted this morning’s General Session. CSAC 1st Vice President and Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan set the stage when he told the packed house that in 2012, “there is an opportunity for us to make change and seize the day. Our chances for success lie within ourselves. … We can be great… Continue reading

Annual Meeting: Willie Waxes Poetic

The 117th CSAC Annual Meeting kicked off in grand style this afternoon with an engaging, insightful and humorous address by former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.

Using the style he is known for, Willie waxed poetic on his political life in Sacramento and San Francisco. He also touched on a variety… Continue reading

Annual Meeting: The Value of Coming Together

In one week from today, we will be kicking off our 117th Annual Meeting. Think about that figure; for 117 years, county officials have been coming together to talk about common issues, to work as one and plan for the future. Even back in the 1890s, our county leaders understood the influence they held when working together and speaking with one voice. While they may have arrived in town on horseback and buggy rather than Southwest and BART, one thing hasn’t changed: the value of coming together. Continue reading