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B6 The Sacramento Bee | Saturday, January 24, 2009
County: Suit may challenge cuts
OTHER BUDGETS YOLO Davis Sacramento
Sacramento County is not Map West
alone in dealing with crum- 5 miles area Sacramento
bling budget plans midway
through the current fiscal FROM PAGE B1 LegalServicesof Northern California, dis- Sheriff John McGinness questioned
tal health officials could lose almost 40 agreed. the county executive office’s handling of
year. Here’s what other area m
positions, other health and human ser- “They must provide the safety net ser- the budget. McGinness said the leader-
governments face: Mace b ra D r.
vices divisions could lose 84, while the vices,” she said. ship has released little information – not Ranch .
City of Sacramento: o Ave
Probation Department could lose 76 – al- Waiting timesat countyclinics were al- just to the public, but to department ad- Park Arroy
$10.5 million. The City Coun-
most 9 percent of its force. ready dangerously high, Aguilar Rogado ministrators who must prepare for possi- R
cil votes next month on how St. UP R
In addition to layoffs, the proposal said. Closures could push the county over ble cuts. 5th St.
to close the midyear budget 2nd
calls for shuttering two county health the edge. “I’m concerned that the budget situa-
gap. s Rd.
clinics – the Capital Health Clinic at 1500 “This is just devastating,” Aguilar Ro- tion is not being properly vetted and the 80 Chile .
El Dorado County: $4 mil- Cow e ll Blvd
C St. and the Northeast Health Center at gado said, adding that her organization consequences to the public could be dev-
lion, as of November. But
7805 Auburn Blvd. in Citrus Heights. will examine the details and could file a astating,” McGinnesssaid. “The lack of in- Frontier Site of
because sales tax revenue is If approved, these closures – on top of lawsuit on behalf of patients. formation is troubling.” Fertilizer Target
below projections, county the Oak Park Clinic that closed last fall – That’s what happened in Orange The county executive’s office finally Superfund store
officials expect the gap to mean the county will have closed three of Countyon Friday,whenthe WesternCen- briefed department heads on the budget site
widen. A new budget is due its six clinics this fiscal year. ter on Law and Poverty on Friday sued af- situation Friday morning – hours before 1/
to El Dorado County supervi- “It’s going to have a significant impact ter the county cut 200 social service posi- announcing the proposed cuts to the me- Source: EPA Sacramento Bee
sors Feb. 24. on our residents,” said Lynn Frank, direc- tions. dia, the sheriff said.
Yolo County: Approxi- tor of the county’s Department of Health The current year’s budget shortfall “Bringing as much collective wisdom
mately $100,000. That’s
and Human Services. comes on top of a $123.7 million gap Sac- togetherto deal with this as soonas possi-
down from $3.5 million. With Mental health care is also expected to ramento County had to fill when it ble makes sense,” McGinness said.
cuts in department budgets be affected by the cuts. In addition to lay- passed a proposed budget in June. At Nav Gill, the county’s chief operations
and employees taking volun- offs, the county will sever ties with many that time the county balanced its budget officer, defended the executive office’s
tary time off, the imbalance
has been whittled down.
City of Roseville: No
contractors who provide mental health
There will be “very few services for the
through a combination of $69 million in
cuts and $55 million in spending from re-
handling of the budget.
Officials didn’t want to release specula-
tive figures, which have fluctuated
deficit. After predicting a adult mentally ill,” Frank said. In November, the county cut an addi- greatly, Gill said.
shortfall of up to $9 million, Officials have tried to balance cuts tional $15 million – mostly from social The executive’s office consulted and
administrators will submit a againstthe needto provide mandated,ba- service programs – as a result of dimin- worked with officials whose depart-
revised budget to the City sic services. Experts have raised the spec- ished state aid. ments face cuts, he added.
Council in February.
City of Folsom: $8.6 mil-
lion. A hearing on the revised
budget is scheduled for
ter of lawsuits if cuts go too deep.
At a news conference Friday, officials
downplayed that possibility. Peters said
the county is only required to provide so-
County officials have been mum about
shortfalls and possible cuts heading into
the midyear budget review. County offi-
cials still don’t know how much next
Supervisors could vote on the pro-
posed cuts at their Feb. 10 meeting.
For more information visit the coun-
ty’s Web site at www.saccounty.net.
Tuesday. cial services to indigents as funds are year’s budget shortfall will be, and some FROM PAGE B1
– Cathy Locke and Ryan Lillis available. have said it could be more than $100 mil- Call The Bee’s Robert Lewis, Mace Ranch resident, said it
Julie Aguilar Rogado, an attorney with lion. (916) 321-1061. didn’t appear that the TCP was
an immediate threat to the
UC Davis: Research opportunities draw students
If it migrates under the Tar-
get store or nearby homes,
however, it could vaporize in-
side the buildings and pose a
FROM PAGE B1
dergraduates lots of opportu-
“There are just ten is thinking hard about
whether she wants to go to a
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA APPLICATIONS cancer risk with prolonged ex-
posure, he said.
nity to do research and intern- more people who are UC during such a competitive More students have applied to UC schools compared with last year, Chemicals such as TCP
ships, saidPamela Burnett, di- year. More students than ever but the rate of growth has slowed from the year before. “tend to move,” he said.
rector of undergraduate ad- understanding what – a record 126,701 – have ap- The involvement of city and
Applications for fall of ... Percent change
missions for UC Davis. UC Davis has to offer plied across the whole system.
Campus 2007 2008 2009 ’07-’08 ’08-’09
county officials in the federal
“There are just more people Meanwhile, the university is Superfund site has been incon-
who are understanding what for an undergraduate cutting freshman enrollment Berkeley 55,103 60,709 61,882 10.2% 1.9% sistent over the years, accord-
UCDavishasto offerforanun- education.” by 2,300 students. Davis 42,3 1 1 48,653 51,298 15.0 5.4 ing to those at the meeting.
dergraduate education,” she “With the economic crisis, Irvine 48,527 51,935 54,640 7.0 5.2 The important thing now,
said. PAMELA BURNETT, they seem to be very im- Los Angeles 64,050 70,328 72,106 9.8 2.5 Provenza said, was to make
director of undergraduate
Alisse Baumgarten could admissions for UC Davis
pacted,” Baumgarten said. Merced 8,818 10,180 10,219 15.4 0.4 sure the EPA didn’t walk away
beoneofthem.TheRioAmeri- “I’m rather hesitant.” Riverside 23,773 25,370 27,236 6.7 7.4 from the site prematurely.
cano High School senior said The enrollment cuts at San Diego 53,846 57,116 58,513 6.1 2.4 Cash-strapped state and local
she applied to about 15 Davis mean the freshman governments are in no posi-
Santa Barbara 48,729 55,8 7 1 54,758 14.7 -2.0
schools, including UC Davis, class this fall will have 385 tion to do toxic cleanup, he
SanDiego,Santa Barbara,Ber- ends,” said Baumgarten, 18, fewer students, a reduction of Santa Cruz 29,140 33,055 32,847 13.4 -0.6 said.
keley and Los Angeles. who lives in Gold River. 8 percent. Total* 110,995 121,005 126,701 9.0 4.7 “We need to be on top of the
“I like Davis because it’s She likes the prestige and *Unduplicated count testing,” he said. “It’s in our in-
pretty close to my home so I the opportunity for research Call The Bee’s Laurel Rosen- Source: UC Office of the President Sacramento Bee terest to make sure (federal
could just pop home on week- that UC offers. But Baumgar- hall, (916) 321-1083. EPA officials do) everything
they can before they’re done.”
He said he had asked the
Shallit: Attorney pens a first-year ‘survival guide’
county’s lawyers to review an
agreement between Target
Corp. and the EPA that allows
for monitoring and other mea-
FROM PAGE B1 Wengler says there’s no date typos in written communica- Kaplan, which issues test sures on the property even af-
The plea for help was Closed for lunch on when it’s scheduled to tions, find a mentor. guides for the LSAT and bar ter the store is built.
written by Waikiki’s office One of Randy Paragary’s start. And especially this: Be exams. But Dravis has no Davis Mayor Ruth Asmund-
manager, Karen Gums (yes, flagship eateries has scaled prepared to work really long illusions about “Your Billable son said she was concerned
that’s really her name). back. Sacramento legal hours. Life” becoming a best-seller. that the plume of pesticide
Paragary’s Bar & Oven, Local securities lawyer Writing about the lengthy As of late Friday, it was was moving north toward the
She reports that Waikiki’s
at 1401 28th St. in midtown Bruce Dravis has just days at his first firm in Bos- ranked No. 179,970 on Mace Ranch neighborhood,
patients love their, um, fill-in ton, Dravis recalls hearing Amazon.com. with its families, parks and ele-
dentist. Sacramento, has stopped penned an engaging “sur-
his then-4-year-old daughter Dravis, a partner at Sacra- mentary school.
And she says his selfless- serving lunch. It opens at vival guide” for first-year
ask her mom: “Will Daddy be mento’s Downey Brand “How do we assume that the
4:30 p.m. daily for dinner attorneys.
ness has doubtless saved the visiting us for dinner to- LLP, says his book trails kids are safe?” she asked.
service only. Titled “Your Billable Life,” night?” behind others about “Brit- The Davis City Council is set
Hawaiian-themed office –
The cutback is temporary, it’s a funny, wise and anec- He also shares an uncom- ney Spears, serial killers to discuss the matter at its
decorated with palms and says company spokeswoman dote-filled primer on the
surfboards. fortable Boston moment and origami.” Tuesday meeting.
Callista Wengler. transition from law school to when a senior partner asked Writing a book, he dead- Pam Nieberg is the liaison to
Hall will now “have a A restaurant remodel is the working world. him to do something illegal. pans, “promotes humility.” the EPA for the Frontier Fertil-
practice to return home to, planned, she says, and the Much of the advice is ba- He found another partner to izer Superfund Oversight
instead of a foreclosed busi- place will return to business sic: Develop expertise in intervene. Reach Bob Shallit at (916) Group, aDavis citizens’ organi-
ness,” Gums says. “It means as usual, once it’s complete. specialty areas to make your- The book has a big-time 321-1049. Back columns: zation. She said EPA officials
the world.” As for the “freshen-up,” self indispensable, avoid publisher – New York-based www.sacbee.com/shallit. have not seemed to be taking
the latest discovery of TCP seri-
ously, but recently agreed to
Lunches: Feds pay the majority of the cost
do more testing to determine
sacbee.com the source and extent of the
SHARE YOUR VIEWS Provenza said he thought
FROM PAGE B1 get through cafeteria lines. SchoolDistrict, saidstudentel- things into consideration – What sacrifices would you be Target was taking a risk by
The program, which pro- “For some kids, 10 more igibility is up from 45.9 per- their housing costs, the fact willing to make to help close building the store before the
vides breakfast, lunch and af- minutes in that line means cent in 2007-08 to 49.6 per- gas is up and cost of food,” she the state budget gap? Join EPA completed its investiga-
ternoon snacks to low-income they won’t have lunch at all,” cent so far this year. said. the discussion in our Opinion tion.
children, won’t shut down if said Savage. “And I am sure after this Davis-McDuffie said Elk forum. City planners said Friday
the state comes up short. The According to the state De- month, that (number) will Grove Unified lost $42,000 sacbee.com/forums that the store’s concrete slab
federal government covers partment of Education, Cali- probably even be higher,” said when the state funding fell would be poured next month.
the majority of its costs, up to fornia's subsidized school Davis-McDuffie. (The district short last year. The district CAPITOL ALERT But Anna Anderson, a Tar-
$2.57 per meal, and some $1.7 lunch program provided 28 has roughly 62,000 students.) still had to feed kids in May The latest on California get spokeswoman, said the
billion for the program across million more meals last year “I’ve heard a lot of companies and June, she said. politics and government. company had assessed the
the state this fiscal year. than in 2007 – a 4.5 percent in the area are closing down. “The state money is vital. risks and was “excited” about
California kicks in 22 cents sacbee.com/capitolalert
surge. The trend has only ac- Theywaiteduntilafter thehol- That’s a container of milk or the Davis store.
per meal, which comes to celerated as the economy idays.” an entree or a piece of fresh The company was putting a
$126 million across the state. worsens. Like Stewart in San Juan, fruit not on that tray,” she Shannan Velayas, Torlakson’s vapor-recovery system in
That 22 cents matters, the Since the beginning of the Davis-McDuffie said her of- said. spokeswoman. place to protect its employees
program’s proponents say. 2008-09 school year, schools fice is getting new applica- O’Connell said he and Tor- Velayas said the bill, Assem- and customers from TCP
“That 22 cents buys a lot,” tions weekly. Similarly, Jill lakson are acutely aware of
have seen a 12 percent in- bly Bill 95, has yet to be heard fumes, she said.
said Phyllis Savage, manager Van Dyke, Twin Rivers Uni- the state’s budget situation.
crease in subsidized meal de- by the Assembly, but that Tor- “We’ll continue to partner
of child development and nu- fied’s director of nutrition ser- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
mand, according to Depart- lakson and O’Connell are with EPA, should there be any
tritional fiscal services with vices, said her office has re- has proposed cutting $5.2 bil-
the state’s Department of Edu- ment of Education surveys. working to move it forward questions moving forward,”
Historically,thestatehas expe- ceived 500 new applications lion from public education quickly. she said.
cation. “That 22 cents can be
rienced a 1 percent increase in the last three weeks. over the next 18 months.
the difference between a fresh
per year. “Very unusual,” said Van “The $19.5 million (in in- Call The Bee’s Melissa Nix, Call The Bee’s Hudson San-
piece of fruit and something
canned.” Nearly 51 percent of Califor- Dyke. creased funding)is ourbest es- (916) 321-1090. gree, (916) 321-1191.
Californiaschool meal stan- nia’s public school children Davis-McDuffie said some timate of costs for the remain-
dards exceed federal stan- are enrolled in the free or re- Elk Grove parents are asking der of the school year,” he
dards. State school meals in- duced-price program – some for help, even if they don’t said. NATURAL GRANITE COUNTERTOPS
clude more fresh fruit, more 3.1 million students. qualify. As an emergency proposal,
meat alternatives and more Delois Davis-McDuffie, di- “Every day, more and more thelegislation could go into ef-
wholegrainper week,compar- rector of food and nutrition parents are attaching letters, fect immediately, upon the GRAN
atively. services for Elk Grove Unified asking us to take certain governor’s signature, said OPENIND
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funding shortfall differently,
and they’ll still have to meet
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