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June 14, 1996 | RUSS LOAR
The city's $6-a-day parking fee at pier-area lots will change to a variable rate that will depend on the season and time of day. Council members this week approved the one-year experiment they hope will take more cars off city streets and boost revenue. "There are times when the lots are completely empty because people are hesitant to pay a $6 flat fee to go shopping," Mayor Gwen Forsythe said.
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March 24, 2000 | ALEX MURASHKO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Although the money will not be seen until next year, Nancy Beard, director of the Seal Beach Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, is thrilled that the city will receive $330,000 as a result of Proposition 12, passed by voters March 7. The money from the parks and open space bond will go toward building-improvement projects, she said.
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May 24, 1994 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Damage to the Seal Beach Pier from a fire on Saturday is worse than originally thought and exceeds the damage caused by a similar blaze two years ago, city officials said Monday. They estimated that the fire caused at least $350,000 in damage and might have burned several important pilings that help support the historic wood pier. "It really did a number. It burned a lot of wood," Councilwoman Marilyn Bruce Hastings said.
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March 24, 2000 | Alex Murashko, (714) 966-5974
Although the money will not be seen until next year, director Nancy Beard said that the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department will receive $330,000 as a result of Proposition 12's passage by voters March 7. All of the money allocated to the department from the parks and open space bond will go toward building-improvement projects, she said. "This is the largest amount of money this city has received in regards to recreation," Beard said.
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July 20, 1992 | MALAIKA BROWN
Officials are taking a closer look at reactivating the city's defunct police reserve force and will probably present the plan to the City Council early next year. The City Council approved spending $5,000 last month to study the possibility of reviving the police reserves as part of the 1992-93 budget. However, officials caution that even with this initial expenditure, it could take years before Seal Beach has a reserve force again.
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August 16, 1999 | Louise Roug, (714) 966-5977
The City Council decided to spend $8,500 on new software for business licenses at its meeting last week. The new software will enable the city to detect companies that report inaccurate earnings and thereby deprive the city of sales tax revenue.
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June 27, 1997 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
The city's $12.5-million budget is balanced, though "somewhat precariously," City Manager Keith Till said this week of the spending plan for fiscal 1997-98. "The revenue stream is adequate, provided we keep tight reins on expenditures, and there are no unforeseen major emergencies," Till said. The single largest concern is the 11% utility tax, which represents nearly a third of general fund revenue. Southern California Edison Co.
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March 2, 1996 | RUSS LOAR
City officials are scrambling to find a way to pay for participating in the county's new emergency communications system. Unlike most other Orange County cities, Seal Beach has set aside no money toward the $730,000 cost of joining the new 800-megahertz system, which would link all county police, fire and public service agencies to one radio network.
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May 29, 1996 | RUSS LOAR and JOHN POPE and FRANK MESSINA
The City Council has given preliminary approval to join with two nearby cities in creating a new emergency dispatch center to hook up with a new countywide system. By creating a jointly run dispatch center with Los Alamitos and Cypress, each city will save about $60,000, Seal Beach City Manager Keith Till said. The center will enable the cities to join the new 800-megahertz countywide emergency dispatch system.
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August 31, 1995 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
The city has decided not to help fund a survey of business needs in Orange County because city officials saw little value in the expected results. The Orange County Census of Business Needs, to be conducted by the Community College Districts of Orange County, will survey an estimated 97,000 businesses and classify them by category, size, number of employees and stability. The districts' consultant will use the data to project hiring and purchasing trends for the next three to five years.
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June 27, 1998 | PHIL DAVIS
Despite a shrinking pool of income, the city should still be able to squeak through the 1998-99 fiscal year with a $13.4-million budget, City Manager Keith Till told the City Council this week. The council approved the budget 4 to 0. Till delivered his annual budget report with a series of slides that showed cracked sidewalks, rusted sewer lines and other "deferred maintenance" problems the city has been putting off for decades. The budget sets aside $6.4 million for capital improvements.
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June 27, 1997 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
The city's $12.5-million budget is balanced, though "somewhat precariously," City Manager Keith Till said this week of the spending plan for fiscal 1997-98. "The revenue stream is adequate, provided we keep tight reins on expenditures, and there are no unforeseen major emergencies," Till said. The single largest concern is the 11% utility tax, which represents nearly a third of general fund revenue. Southern California Edison Co.
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November 21, 1996 | CATHY WERBLIN
Despite having spent more than six months and $30,000 designing an investigation strategy, the city has scrapped an expert's proposal to study possible archeological sites on the Hellman Ranch property. Though its own Archeological Advisory Committee recommended the proposal, the City Council rejected the plan and asked the committee, in effect, to start over.
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August 16, 1996 | CATHY WERBLIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Saying they cannot justify operating an unlicensed child-care service, City Council members voted this week to close an after-school program in which 45 children are already enrolled for the fall. The children, 40 from Seal Beach and five from outside the city, will be transferred to a similar but potentially more costly program operated through McGaugh School, officials said. The city's discontinued program charged $125 monthly regardless of the number of hours spent at the facility.
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February 16, 1995 | RUSS LOAR
City Manager Jerry L. Bankston told council members this week that the city could lose up to $189,000 from the county bankruptcy under the proposed recovery plan. The city had $2.1 million invested in the county pool but has gotten back $600,000 from an emergency funding request. Mayor George Brown is not predicting any major cuts in services from the city's $11-million budget due to projected losses. "If things go as planned, this should not present a significant budget shock," Brown said.
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