Dana Point City Staff Proposes Budget Cuts

Dana Point City Staff Proposes Budget Cuts

In the bi-annual budget review process, the Dana Point City Council recently asked the city staff to scrub the budget for potential cost cutting opportunities. Given several years of deficit spending, budget discipline is required to stabilize the future prospects for financial stability in Dana Point. In preparation for the June 20th City Council meeting, the … Read more…

Dana Point City Council to Discuss Budget

Dana Point City Council to Discuss Budget

Dana Point’s 2018-2019 budget will be discussed at the city council meeting on Tuesday, June 20th at 6:00 PM at the City Hall. In this budget, the City’s total spending is projected to continue to exceed its income in each of the next two years. To be fiscally responsible, the City Council must find ways … Read more…

Deficit Spending in Dana Point

Deficit Spending in Dana Point

Dana Point Has spent more in 8 out of the last 9 years. These annual deficits have reduced the total spendable funds that Dana Point has in cash and investments. The proposed 2018 and 2019 budgets have attempted to reduce over spending but still project deficits each year. A plan for 2020 to 2022 has … Read more…

Settlement Reached in Dana Point Headlands Litigation

Settlement Reached in Dana Point Headlands Litigation

At the June 6th City Council meeting, it was announced that a settlement had been reached between the City of Dana Point and the Headland’s Reserve LLC. Thankfully the City Council ended the seemingly endless and costly litigation. In 2016, the City of Dana Point sued the Headlands Reserve LLC for reimbursement of legal costs … Read more…

Premium Police Services Approved for Dana Point

Premium Police Services Approved for Dana Point

by Mayor Debra Lewis As published in Dana Point Times Last week, two decisions positively impacted Dana Point policing. First, City Council approved a Notice of Completion for the nearly $1,000,000 police services renovation project approved in 2016 (Project). Now all members of our police force will start their shifts here in Dana Point rather … Read more…

Dana Point Finance Review Committee is Established

Dana Point Finance Review Committee is Established

ESTABLISHMENT OF FINANCE REVIEW COMMITTEE PROTECTING DANA POINT’S FINANCIAL FUTURE Recently, the City Council established an independent Finance Review Committee.  The city’s financial reporting is very complex often comprising hundreds of pages, as the picture shows. The Council should welcome and encourage input from the Committee.  More information will enable the Council to make the … Read more…

Doheny Village Plan, Form-Based Codes and Expectations

Doheny Village Plan, Form-Based Codes and Expectations

When asked recently by the Dana Point Times to list my priorities as a new member of the City Council, I put “building trust between the City and its residents and businesses” at the top of the list. Building trust requires open, honest communication and realistic expectations. In the first Council’s Corner, Mayor Lewis wrote, … Read more…

Congratulations To The Residents Of Dana Point

Congratulations To The Residents Of Dana Point

Paul Wyatt and Debra Lewis were elected to the Dana Point City Council by impressive margins. The following results were reported by the Orange County Registrar of Voters as of 5:11 PM on November 11, 2016: 2016 Dana Point Results Debra Lewis 31.4% 7,878 votes Paul Wyatt 30.5% 7,544 votes Michelle Brough 22.4% 5,653 votes … Read more…