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Tourism District to Launch New Marketing

By Daniel Mintz Press Reporter   The local tourism industry saw growth in 2012 and funding from a recently-launched Tourism Business Improvement District will pay for a new marketing effort. Staff of the county’s Convention and Visitors Bureau described moderate growth of hotel room occupancy, room rates and Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) collection rates at

Budget’s Future Could Depend on Pay Freeze, Tax Spike

By Daniel Mintz Press Reporter   Although county budget conditions have improved, revenues aren’t likely to exceed spending levels in the long term unless staff salaries are frozen and property tax income returns to the peaks seen during the housing bubble. The Board of Supervisors was told about various budget forecast scenarios at its Jan.

Supes Consider Campaign Finance Reform

By Daniel Mintz Press Reporter   County election campaigns are getting more expensive and the Board of Supervisors has acknowledged concerns about the influence of money by taking initial steps toward finance reform. Ideas like capping individual campaign donations and having candidates voluntarily agree on overall fundraising caps were explored at the Jan. 22 supervisors

State Budget: Better, But Worse

By Daniel Mintz Press Reporter   Largely thanks to successful tax measures, the state’s income matches its spending but is still falling well short of pre-recession levels. A lowdown on the state budget and its effects on the county was delivered to the Board of Supervisors at its Jan. 15 meeting by County Administrative Officer

Fennell’s Planning Pick Signals Change

From the 1.16.13 edition   By Daniel Mintz Press Reporter   The county’s Planning Commission will see a political change with Supervisor Estelle Fennell’s appointment of property rights advocate Bob Morris. Listed on the Jan. 15 Board of Supervisors meeting agenda, the appointment sways the commission closer to a new approach that downplays regulation and

Supes Engage in ‘Team Building

By Daniel Mintz Press Reporter   Learning more about each other, themselves and the principles of effective governing, the county’s Board of Supervisors has completed a day-long “team building” workshop, the first ever. Authorized late last year, the workshop included personal takes on what comprises effective teamwork and undercuts it, group discussions on what the