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The Santa Barbara Challenge: A Noozhawk Special Project

Complete index of articles and resources

Published on 05.27.2011 11:35 p.m.


How Will You Help Santa Barbara Solve Its Budget Challenges?

Make sure your voice is heard through Noozhawk's comprehensive public-engagement survey

Published on 05.27.2011 11:27 p.m.


The Santa Barbara Challenge: Here’s How It Works

Follow these simple steps and join our conversation about Santa Barbara's budget

Published on 05.27.2011 11:25 p.m. to Give Noozhawk Readers the Platform to Speak Up on Santa Barbara’s Budget

Online social-media forum engages civic-minded users at their convenience

Published on 05.15.2011 7:19 p.m.


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Common Sense California Takes Public Engagement to a New Level with Noozhawk Project

Using high-tech tools, Pepperdine University affiliate teaches cities and counties new ways to engage more effectively

Published on 05.08.2011 4:31 p.m.


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Santa Cruz Turns to Social Media to Create Blueprint for Solving Budget Crisis

Pressed for time, city engages community online for debate about spending priorities, restructuring

Published on 04.24.2011 5:22 p.m.


Finance Officials from Other Communities Weigh In with Suggestions for Santa Barbara

Ventura and San Luis Obispo County say political leadership is living 'within your means'

Published on 04.23.2011 4:57 p.m.


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Santa Barbara’s Nonprofit Sector Steps In as Government Steps Away

Debate emerges over responsibility, proper balance between private and public sectors

Published on 04.22.2011 1:00 a.m.


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Pension Pressure May Lead to Changes, But Santa Barbara Officials Doubt They’re Imminent

Increased cost of city benefits and looming escalation in 2014 lead to talk of tiered retirement, greater employee responsibility

Published on 04.21.2011 3:10 a.m.


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In the Future, Santa Barbara’s Mortgage Help for Employees Likely a Thing of the Past

Workforce housing loan program a casualty of controversy, steep decline in General Fund reserves

Published on 04.21.2011 2:14 a.m.


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City of Santa Barbara’s Salaries, Benefits Up $24 Million Since 2001

2012 municipal workforce expected to drop to 1,015 jobs, lowest level in 12 years

Published on 04.21.2011 1:59 a.m.


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Regulations, Restrictions Reduce Wiggle Room in Crafting Santa Barbara’s Budget

Numbers game more like a chess match when trying to reallocate funds and balance books

Published on 04.20.2011 1:45 a.m.


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Officials Point to Paseo Nuevo as Shining Example of Santa Barbara Redevelopment Agency’s Value

While advocates tout projects' net benefit to communities, Brown targets tax revenue to help balance state budget

Published on 04.20.2011 1:30 a.m.


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Santa Barbara’s General Fund Draws Harshest Glare of Scrutiny, Speculation

General Fund's specifics are hotly debated, especially in hard times

Published on 04.19.2011 12:45 a.m.


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Safety, Liquidity and Yield Remain Santa Barbara’s Investment Priorities

Federal agency securities account for $102 million of the $230 million the city has invested

Published on 04.19.2011 12:40 a.m.


Complexities of Santa Barbara’s Budget Process Keep Numbers on the Move

As estimates collide with actuals, staff continuously adjusts — right up to deadline for approval

Published on 04.18.2011 2:33 a.m.


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Facing Increasing Budget Pressure, Jim Armstrong Is Right at Home in the Center of It All

City administrator shepherds Santa Barbara's spending plans through fiscal challenges, political realities

Published on 04.18.2011 2:32 a.m.


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Amid Stormy Budget Seas, Mayor Helene Schneider Battles Ripple Effects, Too

Unforeseen consequences of state, county decisions are sometimes as challenging as Santa Barbara's expected shortcomings

Published on 04.18.2011 2:30 a.m.


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Police Protection Remains a Priority But Even SBPD Not Immune to Cuts

Chief Cam Sanchez says public still expects officers to respond when they call for help

Published on 04.18.2011 2:30 a.m.


Santa Barbara Challenge: Adopted Santa Barbara Operating and Capital Budgets, 2000-2011

Recommended 2011 budget totaled $247 million with $27 million capital budget

Published on 04.18.2011 2:28 a.m.


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Noozhawk’s Santa Barbara Challenge Is a Budget Puzzle You Can Help Solve

Fixing Santa Barbara's budget may be easier — or harder — than you think. Either way, start here before you begin

Published on 04.16.2011 7:16 p.m.


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Bill Macfadyen: Building a Better Budget Starts with You

We need your help in meeting the Santa Barbara Challenge

Published on 04.16.2011 7:15 p.m.


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Taxes, Fees and Fines Are All Part of Santa Barbara’s Balancing Act

City's annual chase for money includes factors it can — and can't — control

Published on 04.16.2011 7:14 p.m.


Santa Barbara Challenge: Glossary of Terms

A quick guide to help you understand bureaucracy-speak

Published on 04.16.2011 7:13 p.m.


Santa Barbara Challenge: Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports, 2004-2010

Assets, liabilities, revenues and expenditures tell the real story of the Santa Barbara budget

Published on 04.16.2011 7:12 p.m.


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