Vice Mayor Robert Garcia to Host Community Budget Meeting Wednesday

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Vice Mayor Robert Garcia

Vice Mayor Robert Garcia

Last week, the City Council began formal deliberations on the City’s budget for FY 2013.

“We’ve done a good job of bringing down our expenses over the past few difficult years, and there is light at the end of the tunnel,” said Vice Mayor Robert Garcia. “Still, this year’s budget will be challenging, with a $17 million dollar gap to fill. We have our work cut out for us.”

The decisions made regarding the budget will impact the future of Long Beach, and this week residents will have the chance to get involved in the City’s budget process.

Garcia will host a community coffee to discuss the Long Beach budget and other important matters at the Kress Market at 443 North Pine, Wednesday, August 15, at 6:30 p.m. Residents are invited to join him for refreshments and conversation about community.

“I believe we must prioritize our public safety services, and I am very supportive of Mayor Foster’s proposal to fund a police academy,” Garcia said regarding his views on the upcoming budget process. “I also want to work to preserve critical services to youth in our parks. Working for pension reform with our City employees will be critical as well.”

To view detail information about the city budget, including the community budget book and schedule of meetings, visit

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