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June 12, 1999 | ROB O'NEIL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The go-ahead for a new library and other revitalization projects topped budget approvals by the San Fernando City Council this week. The proposed $25-million general and enterprise funds, as well as a $9-million redevelopment agency budget, were all approved unanimously by the five-member council.
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October 7, 2000 | IRENE GARCIA
A federally funded local law enforcement block grant of $49,860 was awarded to the city this week to help improve public safety. The program, established by the federal departments of Commerce, Justice and State, awards funds annually to help communities reduce crime. "We're very excited," said San Fernando City Administrator John Ornelas. "We applied about eight months ago and it was a very lengthy application process."
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August 29, 1998 | TOM SCHULTZ
Because Gov. Pete Wilson eliminated $800,000 for construction of a senior citizens center at Las Palmas Park from his state budget at the eleventh hour, Assemblyman Tony Cardenas (D-Sylmar) is exploring ways to obtain other funding. Cardenas wants to write a separate appropriations bill to fund the project in such a way that it overrides the governor's decision earlier this month, an aide said. "The governor was pretty brutal," said Cardenas aide John Griffin on Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1999 | ROB O'NEIL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The go-ahead for a new library and other revitalization projects topped budget approvals by the San Fernando City Council this week. The proposed $25-million general and enterprise funds, as well as a $9-million redevelopment agency budget, were all approved unanimously by the five-member council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2000 | IRENE GARCIA
A federally funded local law enforcement block grant of $49,860 was awarded to the city this week to help improve public safety. The program, established by the federal departments of Commerce, Justice and State, awards funds annually to help communities reduce crime. "We're very excited," said San Fernando City Administrator John Ornelas. "We applied about eight months ago and it was a very lengthy application process."
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April 13, 1996 | TIM MAY
The city of San Fernando's parks department and Police Department are teaming with two nonprofit groups to apply for grant funds through a state criminal justice program. One of the nonprofit organizations, El Centro de Amistad, incurred serious budget problems earlier this year when the city decreased by more than $20,000 the amount of federal block grant funds it distributes annually to the agency.
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May 1, 1996 | TIM MAY
The San Fernando City Council will make available about $300,000 in loans to help homeowners and landlords upgrade their properties to protect against possible future earthquake damage. "It's pretty innovative," said Councilman Raul Godinez, who developed the residential seismic retrofit program with city public works officials.
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January 26, 1994 | GEOFFREY MOHAN and JULIO MORAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Surveying the wreckage, including damage to 22% of his city's housing stock, San Fernando Mayor Dan Acuna recovered his sense of humor: At least the city's long-awaited Metrolink station is open now, he said--too bad it took an earthquake to do it. Although proud of their independence, residents of this 2.4-square-mile city often complain that they are ignored by Los Angeles city and county, which surround the community.
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August 6, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
The San Fernando City Council has approved several changes to the general fund portion of the city's 1997-98 budget. The general fund represents $12.3 million of the city's $32.4-million spending plan. The council Monday night voted 4 to 1 to approve $18,000 for a proposed weekend farmer's market, $4,800 for a Mexican heritage celebration Sept. 16 and $30,000 for air-conditioning and lighting for facilities at Las Palmas Park.
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June 3, 1993 | CARMEN VALENCIA
City officials have earmarked $1.2 million to fund two new projects, including a proposed retail complex near downtown, under a preliminary 1993-94 budget for the San Fernando Redevelopment Agency. But City Administrator Mary Strenn warned that the funding for such projects is threatened if Gov. Wilson pushes through a proposal to transfer millions of dollars from local redevelopment agencies. "Rather than just doing projects, we're going to have to worry about paying the state," Strenn said.
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March 23, 1999 | BOB HOWARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What once was a small private airport in San Fernando has since been turned into a million-dollar source of revenue for the small city in the northeast Valley. A shopping center anchored by a Home Depot and a Sam's Club store along the south side of Foothill Boulevard generates more than $600,000 a year in sales tax revenue to the city. That's about 15% of San Fernando's $4.1 million in annual sales tax revenue, according to Steve Klotzsche, city director of administrative services.
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August 29, 1998 | TOM SCHULTZ
Because Gov. Pete Wilson eliminated $800,000 for construction of a senior citizens center at Las Palmas Park from his state budget at the eleventh hour, Assemblyman Tony Cardenas (D-Sylmar) is exploring ways to obtain other funding. Cardenas wants to write a separate appropriations bill to fund the project in such a way that it overrides the governor's decision earlier this month, an aide said. "The governor was pretty brutal," said Cardenas aide John Griffin on Friday.
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August 3, 1998 | TOM SCHULTZ
The City Council meets tonight to consider a plan to boost the salaries of city employees by 2% a year for the next four years. The raises cover cost-of-living increases, said Steve Klotzsche, director of administrative services. The plan also calls for improvements in the way city officials calculate retirement pensions and in rules that govern which city employees receive a bonus after 10 years of service, he said.
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July 15, 1998 | TOM SCHULTZ
The state Budget Conference Committee has allocated $800,000 in its current draft of the 1998-99 fiscal year spending plan for use at Las Palmas Park. If the expenditure is approved by Gov. Pete Wilson along with the rest of the budget, the money will go toward construction of a senior citizens activity center at the park, situated at Lashburn and Hollister streets. "This is the end of a major improvement project at Las Palmas Park," said Michael Drake, San Fernando public works director.
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August 6, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
The San Fernando City Council has approved several changes to the general fund portion of the city's 1997-98 budget. The general fund represents $12.3 million of the city's $32.4-million spending plan. The council Monday night voted 4 to 1 to approve $18,000 for a proposed weekend farmer's market, $4,800 for a Mexican heritage celebration Sept. 16 and $30,000 for air-conditioning and lighting for facilities at Las Palmas Park.
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August 5, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
City officials are seeking public and private funding to pay for a $1.8-million addition to the recreation center at Las Palmas Park. The city itself is expected to allocate $780,000 from its share of a $319-million bond measure approved by Los Angeles County voters in 1996 to improve parks, buy open space and provide new recreational facilities, said Ed Montan, city recreation and community services director. "We were successful in 1996, but that's still not enough," Montan said.
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October 1, 1993 | GEOFFREY MOHAN
After an expensive plan to overhaul Las Palmas Park was scrapped by the City Council, park officials in San Fernando say they have a new, more salable way to make improvements. If the new proposal is approved by the council, the city could spend about $335,000 to improve two baseball fields, build a picnic area and replace existing restrooms with a larger concession and restroom structure, according to a consultant's report. The improvements are only the first phase of a proposed $3.
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May 19, 1993 | CARMEN VALENCIA
Faced with the expected loss of at least $100,000 in state funding, city officials have proposed a preliminary budget that calls for little or no growth in city programs and no layoffs. "It's a matter of trying to maintain a level of service without layoffs and without further spreading the hurt to residents and businesses. That's a very delicate balancing act," City Administrator Mary Strenn said. Finance Director Mike Moon characterized the $18.
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January 22, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
City officials are discovering that sometimes it can be hard to do people a favor. Even giving them money. Frustrated by the lack of response to an innovative seismic retrofit program introduced last year, members of the local redevelopment agency voted recently to sweeten a deal that already provided forgivable, interest-free loans to residents living in homes most susceptible to earthquake damage: those not bolted to their foundations.
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May 1, 1996 | TIM MAY
The San Fernando City Council will make available about $300,000 in loans to help homeowners and landlords upgrade their properties to protect against possible future earthquake damage. "It's pretty innovative," said Councilman Raul Godinez, who developed the residential seismic retrofit program with city public works officials.
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