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October 27, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
With three seats available and only two challengers, at least one of the three incumbents in this year's City Council race is destined to win. Paul D. Gonzales, 40, a businessman, and Dannue L. Mayo, the 47-year-old head of a nonprofit youth group, are challenging the incumbents, primarily on cuts made to civic programs during lean years. But an improved local economy is giving the incumbents something to fight back with.
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April 16, 1998 | PHIL DAVIS
Forgoing a competitive bid process, the City Council has agreed to pay a cardiology clinic $12,745 to ensure the city's 79 police officers stay fit. The council on Tuesday waived the usual process of seeking competitive bids because the Orange County Heart Center, which has held the contract for three years, provides a cardiologist to personally monitor treadmill tests for officers older than 40. The center also holds three years of data on officers' health.
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November 11, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Eager to expand the city's lucrative Auto Row, the Redevelopment Agency has struck a deal with a private company to build a 20-acre used-car lot on the northeast corner of the business district. Under the plan, CarMax, a unit of Circuit City, will lend the agency $13.3 million to buy the property and to relocate tenants and buildings from the site. A gas station, some empty buildings and miscellaneous car shops will have to make way for the project.
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June 20, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
City Council members approved a balanced budget this week and saved a counselor's job at the last minute, but many residents are sure to feel budget cuts totaling about $1.3 million. Gone are several full-time employees, the Fourth of July fireworks, the DARE anti-drug program and a boxing club for underprivileged youths. Some City Hall positions are being downgraded and even the weight of the paper used to print the city's newsletter is being reduced.
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May 7, 1997 | HOPE HAMASHIGE and LESLEY WRIGHT
Kids and parents who go to George Bellis Park this spring will find $40,000 worth of new playground equipment. Made of metal and heavy plastic, the new playground gear will include a suspension bridge, decks, spiral slides and other state-of-the-art kid stuff. The city had budgeted federal block grant money to pay for the new equipment, but the council was able to save those dollars when the county awarded residents a $50,000 urban parks grant.
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March 5, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
The city's water officials are preparing to jump into the technological age with a $1.9-million program to replace thousands of aged meters. About 17,000 residential meters are so old that the city is losing nearly $200,000 per year in revenue, said Loren Tuthill, deputy director of the Public Works Department. Pistons in the meters, which are 20 to 25 years old, tend to slow down in their old age and register less water than is actually used, he said.
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February 12, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Finance officials are now forecasting a brighter scenario than first projected for the next fiscal year, prompting City Council members to postpone a ballot measure on whether to raise utility taxes. Previous projections had shown that the deficit could reach $3 million next year, but officials said this week that the city might only be in the hole by $1 million to $1.5 million. That prompted officials to consider asking voters in June to approve a tax increase.
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January 29, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
City officials have devised a two-pronged approach to drafting their next budget. They intend to approve one budget based on last year's $38-million spending plan as if the financial life of the city were normal. At the same time, they will also introduce $2 million worth of cuts in city services to fill what they know is a gaping hole in revenue sources.
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December 5, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Art Brown has been chosen by his colleagues on the City Council to serve as mayor for the coming year. Brown, 59, was elected to the council in 1990, at the onset of the recession in Southern California. For Buena Park, recovery has been slow, with the city facing a budget deficit this fiscal year that officials say could run as high as $2 million. "I seem to get the prize of going into really horrendous times," Brown quipped as took the gavel Monday night.
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November 27, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
A spending and hiring freeze that would take effect early next year is among solutions city officials are considering in the face of a budget deficit that could reach $2 million. At a workshop this week, City Council members also discussed a proposal that would limit the power of the city manager and other finance officials to control the budget. Councilman Don Griffin, who did not seek reelection this year and will leave his seat Dec.
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