San Jose’s Metropolitan Adult Education Program has survived significant budget cuts in recent years, but once again finds itself in financial limbo.
Palo Alto’s animal shelter, facing a $450,000 budget shortfall and finding itself no longer financially viable, is in danger of closing unless the city council can find alternative sources of funding to keep the facility open.
Menlo Park’s Clara-Mateo Alliance homeless shelter serves around 50 people, primarily families and veterans, each night. It is scheduled to close April 30 due to lack of operating funds.
Some Santa Clara employees will begin receiving layoff notices this week, but there is still time to avert job losses.
In San Carlos, employees doing the same jobs have different pensions depending upon when they were hired, and the city is negotiating even leaner benefits for future city workers.
Half Moon Bay must close the $500,000 budget deficit after voters rejected a one cent sales tax last week. Options include closing parks and cutting police.
As school districts across California have faced steep cuts in state funding, some education proponents have responded with fundraising efforts. The San Carlos Education Foundation raised $1.7 million.
On Oct. 4, the San Mateo City Council voted unanimously to support Proposition 22, the ballot measure that seeks to limit the state’s authority to borrow or withhold certain public funds from local governments. Opponents of the measure, on the Nov. 2 ballot, include the California Teachers Association and the California Professional Firefighters unions. Municipal governments across California want increased control over local funds.