Penny Manyard, Dana Point

I wanted to write this after reading the recent letters regarding the city of Dana Point’s budget including remarks on spending. I believe these opinions illustrate a total misunderstanding of city budgeting. Taking courses in nonprofit management and economics, as I have, would be helpful before more misinformation is provided to our community.

Anyone who has ever taken out a mortgage loan has engaged in “deficit spending” for their lifestyle. The city of Dana Point, as far I know, hasn’t taken out any loans in its history.

There should be no cuts in services, only increases, as with Police Services. Increases in services would be for residents, but would also increase tourism and Tourism Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenue.

Another way to increase revenue is by completing all projects on the board including the Lantern District and the Doheny Village plan and to bring on new projects as revenue sources. The new projects won’t be so easy to attract as we now have, in effect, ballot zoning which is discouraging to anyone who seeks to finance new projects. We want to keep tourists here in Dana Point rather than having them spend their dollars in Laguna, Newport and beyond.

It’s actually quite simple, you increase revenue from the largest revenue source and everyone benefits. No tax increases for residents but improved services for all.

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  • Penny, you’re too rational. Interest rates are at all-time lows but we are talking about politicians, once rates hit 10% or higher, then they will come and ask for us to borrow, but since rates are low now, they won’t. Or just as you mentioned, they could just grow the revenue base, we have a ton of property that is vacant and people that want to develop it. Now, if we could just get the anti-everything people to focus on growth.

    Last comment, it was funny to see Capo Cares caring about the transient problem near the river. But they, and their representative, want to cut the police budget? Is that a contradiction? In May they complain about the police budget but in July they complain about the homeless problem? What is it Capo Cares – Increase the police budget or decrease it? Most want to keep it the same, if not increase it.

  • From what I heard during a recent City Council meeting, the police chief made it sound like homeless encampments were too risky (expensive to fight) so they will remain. This was pretty saddening. I just had jury duty in Santa Ana and there is a huge long term homeless city on the plaza to the courthouse and we were advised to use rear and side entrances and avoid the plaza. Great. They live on the paved courtyard leading up to the building and I am advised to use side entrances. I did have a nice view of the vast hell that is that tent city from the only outdoor patio for people having lunch at the courthouse. Money per se’ doesn’t seem to be the issue which seems to stem more from a lack of communities coordinating to enact a plan of action. Disgusting lack of sill and accountability IMO.

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