As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, let’s take a moment to reflect on the things for which we are thankful. First, we’re thankful that the California State budget is on track to enjoy at least a $2 billion surplus this year. After years of wandering in the deficit desert, California’s finances are back on track and we have Gov. Brown to thank for his unwavering commitment to fiscal discipline. With a healthy surplus in the bank, maybe 2014 will be the year that the Gov will be ready to support legislation for new economic development tools for cities? Or maybe a permanent source of funding for affordable housing? We know we’re ready.
Second, and this may be a surprise, but we are thankful for the Affordable Care Act. By mid November, nearly 60,000 Californians had secured health care insurance and that number will only rise. That’s good for our state, good for our economy and good for the health and wellbeing of families across California.
We’re thankful for the Dodgers giving Los Angeles a taste of baseball greatness again.
We’re thankful for the 33% of voters in San Diego who turned out for a Special Election to fill the vacancy left in the wake of Bob Filner’s implosion. While it may not have met the prediction of 50% voter turnout it puts LA’s 23% dismal turnout for a general election to shame.
We are thankful for our friends and families who have encouraged us through the journey of launching a public policy consulting firm in the midst of the worst recession in 70 years.
We’re thankful for our talented staff of analysts, associates and principals who have grown and learned with us in this venture. And we’re thankful for our clients who have given us the opportunity to advise on important and difficult issues as together we try to build healthy, vibrant, sustainable communities.
Cecilia V. Estolano | Jennifer LeSar | Katherine A. Perez-Estolano