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December 23, 2009 > Time to reflect on the old, celebrate the new

Time to reflect on the old, celebrate the new

By Meenu Gupta

The end of the year is fast approaching which means it is time to set goals for the New Year. Whether the holiday season includes a Christmas tree, Hannukah menorah or Kwanzaa candles, 2009 will soon be history. Part of the reflection will be of tough economic times that will hopefully be part of the past as well.

The City of Newark is projecting a $4.1 million dollar deficit this fiscal year ending June 30, 2010 and a budget deficit of $3.9 million dollar deficit for fiscal year 2010-2011. If Measure L had passed, it would have generated approximately $2.7 million in general fund revenue. The failure of Measure L means that the City will be forced to make severe cuts to services. The City's major revenues (sales tax, property tax, and hotel tax) are all down this year. "We expect them to remain flat until the middle of next fiscal year. Slight growth is expected after that but not at a significant level. We are going to have to operate with a lower level of revenue for the foreseeable future," said Newark City Manager, John Becker.

"In Fremont we ended the year a little better than we expected. There is no windfall of additional revenue, but lower expenditures have provided a slight cushion to help offset declining sales tax revenue and the continuing effects of the recession. We do, however remain concerned about the State's continued budget instability. While it is too soon to make specific projections, we know NUMMI's closure will impact our local economy," said Fremont City Manager, Fred Diaz.

In retrospect, 2009 was a difficult year for the City of Union City too. "Home prices have declined by 15% and revenues to the City continue to decline by similar rates. Sales Tax receipts continue to decline quarter by quarter. The rare ray of sunshine is in the housing market which appears to be leveling off and in some areas actually showing signs of improving," City Manager Larry Cheeves told TCV. "2010 will continue to be a sluggish year with slow growth and hopefully seeing the worst behind us. Recovery will be measured in small increments, not major swings. Overall, Union City has not suffered as badly as other cities, but we will not see a quick recovery."

The City faced a structural deficit of $6.7 M for Fiscal Year 2009-10. "We made the necessary cuts to avoid this prior to budget approval in June 2009," he said. The State take-away cost the City $7.7M this year. "It is a taking of our Redevelopment funds for the current fiscal year. The California Redevelopment Association, of which we are a member organization, is suing the State of California because this is an illegal taking of our revenue under the California State Constitution," said Cheeves. "Union City is one of two named plaintiff agencies in this lawsuit. Union City was selected to be a plaintiff because of the fact we are doing important things with our Redevelopment monies and our important projects, such as our Intermodal Transit-oriented Development project, are being severely hampered by these take-aways. The new residential units are higher density affordable housing soon to be constructed on one of the blocks in our Intermodal Station District near the Union City BART Station."

Hayward City Manager Greg Jones feels confident and hopeful about the New Year. "We have seen stabilization of trends and feel optimistic about some of the changes that are positive. Real estate property value has stabilized, Costco Wholesale warehouse store opened in South Hayward and a movie theater gains ground in downtown. We are hopeful and confident revenue has stabilized though we had to make some significant cuts. Measure A got approved and as a result the City received $10-12 million revenue, new businesses opened and new night club got approved," said Jones.

"Milpitas City faces $ 8.7 million budget deficit in the fiscal year 2009-10," said Finance Director, Emma Karlen. Milpitas City Council approved the creation of a veterans' commission this year. In a memo to City Council, Mayor Livengood suggested a seven-member body, with two additional alternates, serving three-year terms and meeting quarterly. Milpitas City Council approved a $100,000 artwork entitled "Generations" for the new senior center, once it opens at the newly renovated and former Milpitas Community Library by August 2010.

On a happier note holidays can be cheerful when shopping, decorating and celebrations bring people together. Before ringing in the New Year, there is still time to enjoy what remains of 2009.


Milpitas

New Year's Eve Party
Stand-Up Comedy by Samson Koletkar, Live ICC Karaoke Music, Dance Performances by Mona Sampath Dance Company students, Dancing to the Music of DJ Andy Atta and Dhol by Paul, Midnight Champagne Toast and Balloon Drop, Party favors for all
Kids Entertainment: Enjoy Pizza, Magician, Special Entertainment and Kids Dance Floor
Cocktail Reception with a Daiquiri Bar: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Dinner with Live Cooking Stations: 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Entertainment: 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Dancing: 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Hosted Bar All Night
New Year's Eve Party
Thursday, December 31
7 p.m. - 1 a.m.
India Community Center
525 Los Coches St., Milpitas.
(408) 934-1130
www.indiacc.org
Adults: $99; Children: $39 (Ages 2 -12yr), Tables of 10: $900



Fremont

Corpus Christi New Year's Eve Dinner Dance
What are you doing for New Years Eve? Come to the Corpus Christi Parish Center and enjoy a wonderful evening of fun, food, libations, and dancing to Big Band music by Millenium Sounds Orchestra.
Thursday, December 31
Corpus Christi Parish Center
37968 Third Street, Fremont (Niles District)
For more information call Joe or Linda Garcia at (510) 792-0616. There are only 220 tickets available for this event.


Essanay Cafe New Year's Eve Dinner and Dance Gala
Featuring Bruce Barley Combo
This popular celebration is back to usher in the New Year. The event is back to its original highly popular format with a three course dinner being served in the front dining room and the music from the Bruce Barley Combo staged on the heated patio with bar. It should be a great, fun-filled event and the food, as always, will be fabulous.
Thursday, December 31
6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: Dinner
8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.: Music and Dancing
37533 Niles Blvd., Fremont
$50 includes dinner, dance and midnight champagne.
For reservations call (510) 792-0112
www essanaycafe.com


New Year's Eve Extravaganza
Thursday, December 31
7:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m
Professional showcase, dinner and dance party
Premier Ballroom Studio
4181 Cushing Pkwy., Fremont
(510) 683-9228
www.premierballroomstudio.com
Tickets are $35 now per person
$40 at door


New Year Celebration
There will be Special New Year Pooja and Havan for bringing good health, wealth, prosperity for all devotees on Friday, January 1. There will be prayers and Bhajans and Religious events throughout the day. For more information contact Temple Administrator at (510) 659-0655. Registration has started for New Year's Kids Painting Competition and Public Speaking Competition and Quiz Competition. Competitions will be held on Saturday, January 23 from 11 a.m. for ages 4 years -12 years. For registration contact Ajay Jain Bhutoria (510) 378-0698 or email bhutoria.ajay@gmail.com

Friday, January 1
7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fremont Hindu Temple
3676 Delaware Drive, Fremont
(510) 659-0655


New Year's Day Butterfly Walks
Friday, January 1
11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Start your year with a walk to see a monarch butterfly over-wintering site. Discover the amazing migration habits of these tiny creatures and learn how they survive the long cold season up in our eucalyptus trees. We've got spotting scopes to help us see these magnificent creatures up close and personal. Meet at the Granary.
East Bay Regional Park District
34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont
(510) 544-2797
www.ebparks.org
Fee: $2 adults and seniors, $1 children 4-17



Union City

New Year's Eve 2009
Union City celebrates 50 years
Thursday, December 31
6:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Fabulous entertainment featuring Ballroom Dance Lessons by Steps, Styles & Spotlights and Ballroom Dance Exhibition, music by Synthesis Band, Dinner and more surprises
Crowne Plaza Hotel
32083 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City
(510) 675-5490
www.unioncity50.com
Tickets: $50 per person



Newark

New Year's Eve Ball at Hilton
Dance the night away with Rudy and the Funky Coalition. Enjoy a fabulous buffet menu, festive Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.
All-inclusive package for $225 for double occupancy includes dinner served from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and luxurious overnight accommodation.
39900 Balentine Dr., Newark
(510) 490-8390
www.newarkfremont.hilton.com



All of us at TCV hope that that the New Year is filled with good health and cheer.

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