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Budget Windfalls Benefit New Initiatives

A full-time bicycle patrol officer will soon pedal through downtown Laguna Beach streets thanks to fuller than expected city coffers and the approval of the City Council on Tuesday for new or increased funding in many areas. Higher than expected property, sales and bed taxes,...

Glennwood Remodel Busts its Budget

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   Unexpected construction costs in a building being revamped as a group home for developmentally disabled young adults has Glennwood Housing Foundation supporters scrambling to bridge a $350,000 shortfall. Upon beginning demolition and...

Guest column

Solving a Fiscal Crisis By Alan N. Boinus, Special to the Independent   In an effort to balance the budget and bring fiscal stability to California, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democrats in the Legislature approved a budget over continued intransigence from Republicans and the...

School Board Approves Final Budget

First-year Supt. Sherine Smith’s four-year contract was extended 12 months by the school board last week, which also adopted a $40.9 million budget and bid farewell to high school principal Don Austin. The board unanimously approved the final 2011-12 budget, which accommodates an...