Another Voice: Corrections in Chaos

Counties, local law enforcement, and communities are bracing for unknown impacts that could result from an influx of prison inmates.Depending on outcomes of state budget discussions and a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, counties could see upwards of 40,000 state prison inmates gradually released into their communities over the next several years. Continue reading

State Revenues Flying High (Relatively)

State revenues are a couple billion higher than expected; what should they use the money on? Continue reading

AB 155: This Bill Could Be Your Worst Nightmare

It’s baaack… AB 155 will be heard by the Senate Local Government Committee on April 21. Ask yourself this: When your local agency faces an unprecedented fiscal crisis, exhausted all available remedies, and needs to restructure its finances, do you want the State of California to tell you what you can do next? Thought so. Continue reading

Imperial County Deals with New Crisis

We’ve been reading daily about counties having to deal with fiscal crises, but Sunday poses a new challenge for Imperial County: dealing with the aftermath of the 7.2 quake that struck near Mexicali. Continue reading

California’s Role in NACo is Strong

If you ever wonder about California ’s role in the National Association of Counties (NACo), just check out the March 29 edition of County News, NACo’s regular newspaper. It reads like a “Who’s Who” in California county government. Continue reading