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Friday, March 03, 2006

Chick Urges Restraint on Budget

On the heels of a strong 2005, the local economy will continue to grow, but at a slower pace, predicted City Controller Laura Chick in her annual report on revenue projections for the City of Los Angeles.

Chick cautioned that the City should show restraint in its upcoming budget. "The City's propensity to spend in excess of its revenues could create a crisis unless we develop an effective method of keeping the budget within the City's revenue generating capacity," wrote Chick in her letter to Mayor Villaraigosa.

"The Document Transfer Taxes from the sizzling real estate market have helped counter budgetary shortfalls during the last three years. However, real estate sales are declining and revenue from the Document Transfer Tax will be less than last year," said Chick.

Chick's letter to the Mayor also highlighted the following issues:

* The affordable housing crisis continues to not be adequately addressed.

* While taxable sales continue to increase the City of Los Angeles is missing opportunities to capture more of the dollars with the type of retail centers and establishments that are successful in smaller, neighboring cities.

* Los Angeles' motion picture industry is threatened by other states that offer incentives and attractive operating environments.

* The City should consider increasing its reserve fund to 5% of General Fund revenues within the next decade.

Overwhelmingly re-elected City Controller in 2005, Chick has worked diligently with the mandate of the new City Charter to save taxpayer dollars, improve City services, eliminate waste and fraud and open up the City's books. To access her website, visit www.Lacity.org/ctr.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

One of the few straight shooters in all of Los Angeles.

March 03, 2006 12:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Straight Shooters my ass. Chick is a mean, conniving, bitter woman who uses unethical tactics to get her point across. Read the LA Weekly story a couple of months ago on her.

If Chick would pay attention and not signed $4milion checks not knowing what they're for maybe we can save some money.

Take away all those city cars the field staffers of city council members use. Can you imagine how much per month that is costing us tax payers.

March 03, 2006 6:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I though that the Engineers were able to prove that there wasn't a deficit? What gives?

March 03, 2006 6:42 AM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

Fantastic, I was wondering when I was going to use my favorite word again for that MANipulative woman.
But I will refrain from using it.

It's funny that in her audits they never address the central problems just highlights what folks already knew.

If that were the case then there would have been audits on the Police department and that nice little DWP audit that would have given our Puppet mayor the balls to say NO to the DWP on their little payraise, since they either had the money and not effectively using it or made having the mayor in Contract negociations a non issue. Much like she is using her audits on LAUSD.

Again this is just an attempt to jinx and lie to voters so they can pass sales tax increases and deny the other unions from asking for pay raises.

Don't believe the hype

March 03, 2006 7:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If the city really wants to restrain the budget it should not coddle illegals.

March 03, 2006 8:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good points Bunker. AV and his hacks cries of poverty are about as valid as the "law school" he went to.

March 03, 2006 9:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Proud of Chick who represents women in power. She has not been bought out by politicians, has not lied, ethical, moral, honest, beautiful, and much more.

Chick #1

March 03, 2006 9:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

chick sucks! the audits are completed by her office kiss asses who skew the numbers until "chick-n-shit" feels she has enough to run around and blame every one in the city but her self!

March 03, 2006 9:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Only way you can prove this allegation is if Chick Staff talks to Federal Agents.

How involved is the cover up to current investigation and how much did Chicks office know about it?

Will Chick go down with the rest or save her ass?

Her and Antonio are lying with budget deficit, exaggerating information. typical

These two want YOUR TAX DOLLARS to fund private construction projects in downtown los angeles. Eminent Domain for private developers (favors for Villaraigosa). How much money is involved, who is involved, and what is illegally done daily at city hall?

March 03, 2006 9:49 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:




March 03, 2006 10:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hello, Hello, Hello, any 17th floor wilshire bloggers today?

March 03, 2006 10:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Audit the Bureau of Sanitation, Laura.

March 03, 2006 12:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

why would laura audit this department.

audit dwp

March 03, 2006 1:15 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

3/3/06 9:42

Nice! Chick-N-shit. I like that! I should use that instead of Cant Understand Normal Thinking

March 04, 2006 10:31 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Amazing how Chick was a COuncil person who approved anything and everything that cost more, including the peak time employee levels grew, but now she is playing the Tuttle run to the press game, using audits like a ribbon on Kadafi's uniform.


March 06, 2006 2:50 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:


Great point, when Chick-n-shit first ran for City Controller. I warned my neighbors that she was a tax-and-waste liberal and that she would do nothing but use her audits when it's convienent.

What a (Blank)!

March 06, 2006 5:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Laura's great. She has to do what she has to do. Con the bajeebers out of us.

March 06, 2006 6:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Archie has the word CUNT inside Can't Use Normal Thinking.

March 07, 2006 11:13 AM  

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