City Council sets budget priorities for next year – Beverly Hills Courier — Beverly Hills Courier
“The city’s vision statements can be summed up as follows: first, to offer an unparalleled quality of life; second, uniqueness and friendliness for our residents and visitors; third, we are a world-class community, offering an extraordinary environment; number four, we are a community committed to safety, innovation, sustainability and service,” explained Hunt-Coffey. “These statements guide the formation of our strategic plans, City Council priorities and budget, which include the development of departmental work plans and ongoing tasks.”
Hunt-Coffey then explained that with the retirement of the City Auditor, the City Council elected to issue a request for proposal to hire a firm to perform the internal audit services, and related priorities were moved from the municipal auditor’s office into policy and management. department. She also noted that in addition to removing two other priorities, city staff would propose that city council consider setting three new priorities during the afternoon session: Gale Yard Improvements, a relief program means-tested tenants and a recycling and recovery program for organic materials. .
“This afternoon we will begin the first step of our two-step process,” she said. “Each department head will be asked to provide a brief description of their priority, provide some high-level accomplishments for FY21-22, and then review proposed deliverables for FY22-23. After the introduction of each priority, the municipal council will be able to ask questions of the staff. The Council may then modify or remove any priority. Finally, we are asking City Council to confirm each priority that remains on the priority list. »
Priorities for 2022-23 were then presented by the leaders of each city department – community development, community services, finance, information technology, policy and management, public safety, public works and clerk – and discussed in detail. by board members.
Community development priorities discussed included those for 2021 – the hill development standards, the southeast task force, the evaluation of the city’s rent stabilization policy, the implementation of a seismic renovation, the development of preservation incentives and an inclusive housing study – along with new priorities for Gale Yard Improvements and a means-tested tenant assistance scheme.
Among the 2022 priorities for community services, in addition to continuing to promote arts and culture with the theme “Embrace & Celebrate Culture”, the upcoming installation “Hymn of Life: Tulips” by renowned sculptor Yayoi Kusama, implementing the City Places’ ‘Art in Public’ program and the launch of ‘Art Now’, a new initiative to activate storefronts with colorful designs to support business recovery, is the continued exploration of increasing of the city’s green spaces, including pocket parks. Additional priorities include those for 2021, such as improvements to La Cienega Park and Tennis Center and Greystone Mansion and Gardens, the implementation of a departmental strategic plan, and updates on the use of BHUSD facilities for city and community recreation.
The priority for funding continues to be a comprehensive review of the city’s cash flow and assets, which is expected to be completed by summer 2022.
2022 priorities for IT include expanding the use of technology to improve the efficiency of all initiatives, such as continuing to expand public eGov and video offerings, upgrading upgrade the city’s parking systems to include smart capabilities and continue to increase the city’s cybersecurity measures.
Policy and management
Moved from the City Auditor’s department since the retirement of the City Auditor, the annual audit plan, including the integration of an audit firm and the provision of advice for a company-wide risk assessment the city, as well as a reopening of the Trust & Innovation portal are top priorities for the Department of Policy and Management. Other 2022-2023 priorities include continued property acquisition and development, small business task force, business attraction, updating the city’s five-year economic sustainability plan, reinforcement and expansion of smoking regulations, creation of evening activities in the business triangle, rental of municipal properties and parking. , promote the city, study the creation of a municipal health service and consider the creation of an office for a city attorney.
Key public safety priorities include strengthening firefighters and paramedics, information technology and policing capabilities, including further development of the Just In Case program; public awareness and education on social media; First Watch software; CCTV camera deployments; implementing a co-model for a mental health intervention team; recruitment and career development; launch of Phase 1 of a Real-Time Monitoring Center; increased intelligence-led policing efforts, including the addition of 16 license plate readers, BHPD alerting and increased use of drones; staffing and planning for future metro expansion.
Overall priorities include centralized customer relations, self-driving vehicles, community video security, La Cienega treatment facility, water business plan, metro coordination, reservoir reconstruction and water storage. water, a matrix audit of public works, separate landscape meters, the assessment of public workspaces, the Urban Forest Management Plan, increased maintenance of streets and sidewalks in the business district, supplementing the street plan and implementing a new recycling program for organic materials. Consideration for Rodeo Drive permanent bistro spaces has been put on hold, as has planning for South Santa Monica Boulevard until FY 2024-25 and the completion of the Purple Line subway station in Wilshire and Reeves. Other priorities are advancing capital investment in the city and continuing the water conservation program in response to ongoing drought relief efforts.
The City Clerk’s Office will continue to prioritize the Sunshine Task Force, an anti-voter fraud initiative and publicity job postings.
Impact of COVID
Hunt-Coffey concluded the session with a briefing on the tax impact of COVID. Due to a reduction in city revenue due to the pandemic, the city council previously authorized a reduction in staff by offering early retirement programs and voluntary departure programs to reduce the workforce. This resulted in budget savings for employee salaries and benefits to offset reduced revenue and help the city keep services operational. While downsizing has strained the capacity for new projects, city staff are learning innovative new ways to do more with less, such as implementing the customer call center.
Throughout fiscal years 2020 to 2022, city staff conducted a variety of activities to assist the community in the face of COVID. These activities have been absorbed into the daily workloads of each department as the pandemic becomes more rampant. Thus, the deliverables proposed for the 2022-2023 exercises for the COVID have not been elaborated because they are now part of the operational tasks of each department.