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State park finds $54 million in its pocket

Original post made on Jul 20, 2012

State parks officials have a mountain of explaining to do -- as the park system reportedly had $54 million hidden in its coffers at the same time it was threatening to close down 70 parks due to lack of funds.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 20, 2012, 4:28 PM

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Arrrrrggggg!

What say we have checks of other agencies while we're at it?

Mike


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Posted by Mr. Mittens
a resident of another community
on Jul 20, 2012 at 9:02 pm

If we just held all the govt agencies up to Wall Street Chase Manhattan standards we'd have accountability.

Mitt -- Standing for responsible accountability in front of you people.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 21, 2012 at 9:06 am

"Oh, no! We have $54 million more than we thought we did!"

Seriously, isn't this better than if the parks director had said "Oh, no! We overlooked a liability so we have $54 million LESS than we thought we did!"


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 21, 2012 at 9:56 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

I'm with Mike. Any year-end surpluses are rolled over into the new budget precisely because an agency/department knows there will be lean years.


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Posted by Mr. Mittens
a resident of another community
on Jul 21, 2012 at 10:20 am

Don't get me wrong, I'm not against checks. But kindly stay away from my own tax returns for heavens sake.

Mitt - Because truth should always come first.


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Posted by Mitt
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Mittens, you keep sucking up to our next president like that and he will file a restraining order against you for stalking him.
Regarding the actual subject at hand, whether it's shoddy accounting or outright fraud, Gov moonbeam parks director is out of a job and he doesn't get to use the parks in his extortion plan for November.
So to quote Sam, isn't this better.......


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Posted by Sac Bee Fan
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm

The Sacramento Bee's investigative reporters deserve a hand of applause (with standing ovation) for uncovering this.

The issue is that the Parks and Rec department was reporting one set of numbers by Fund to the Dept of Finance for budgeting purposes. However the real cash on hand numbers were known by the State's Controller's office, the one who dispurses funds, had another set of numbers by Fund. They did not want to report a surplus and hid the numbers from the State and squirreled it away and then said they were 'budget contrained' to put a State Park parcel tax on the ballot.

So now Pleasanton Weekly, find out where the School Impact Fees/Developer Fees disappeared to, that is, if they have actually disappeared. Or are they hidden away as "hidden assets" as well?


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Posted by Theate
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 21, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Theatre, pure theatre. Pretend you're poor, so you can get more. Seems to work for other government programs...appropriate punishment would be get nothing....that's like hurting ourselves, but sometimes parents have to do that.
Who was watching the store?


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Posted by KW
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jul 23, 2012 at 8:24 am

You see people??? That's why MORE Taxes are not ok!
If Americans have a special interest, they should donate
'directly' to that interest. Keep the government out of it.
All they do is LIE ! You can't trust a one of them....period.
Especially the career politicians. All these people care
about is their own pockets getting lined ill-gottenly. Bunch
of stinking crooks. Programs programs programs!
All of them are scandalous and crooked. Government
people should work on a volunteer basis. Like they expect
us to do. It was volunteers who stepped up to save the parks,,,
...not the politicians. The volunteers stepped up in good faith.
The government just made suckers out of them too....not nice.


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Posted by Mr. Mittens
a resident of another community
on Jul 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Mr. Mittens,
Ah, whatever. Let's just make sure all of us keep your hands of the offshore bank accounts of me and my friends.

Mitt = Freedom to bank wherever you want to without disclosing this to you people.

A new report from the Tax Justice Network puts the amount of money diverted offshore into tax havens at $21 trillion. At least. It may be as much as $32 trillion. Even at the lower figure, that's more than the Japanese and American economies combined.

According to James Henry, a former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey, half of that gigantic stash is owned by just 92,000 individuals. That is 0.001 percent of the world's population.




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Posted by agree
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Agree with SacBee fan. This was good investigative journalism. Starting with the vacation buyouts and ending with this revelation, which hopefully means parks can't be held hostage for a while. I wonder what else will be uncovered locally and state-wide?

I read in a comment on the sacbee website that people should look carefully at the publically available annual reports of gov't agencies and dig into what is considered "net" and study the notes. It would be great if they could find some money for education.


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Posted by Mrs Mittens
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Oh honey... you told me when you passed through California you would help those govt folks understand how to divert those funds more effectively into the Union run campaign organizations and pension coffers... I am a little disappointed, but I know you made sure they understood before you left ... Ps: loved your speech at the Fox Theatre - rave reviews .... Love Me


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Posted by Mr. Mittens
a resident of another community
on Jul 25, 2012 at 7:26 am

A new report from the Tax Justice Network puts the amount of money diverted offshore into tax havens at $21 trillion. At least. It may be as much as $32 trillion. Even at the lower figure, that's more than the Japanese and American economies combined.

According to James Henry, a former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey, half of that gigantic stash is owned by just 92,000 individuals. That is 0.001 percent of the world's population.

My fellow Americans and the rest of you people: I'm with you.

Mitt -- America doesn't need a leader, it needs a boss.


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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 25, 2012 at 11:33 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

Aside from the fact your dillusional ranting has nothing to do with the mismanagement of funds by the Park Service, are you claiming that taking advantage of tax havens or loopholes in the law is somehow illegal?
Are you going to tell us you don't take the standard deduction on your annual tax return? If you're so damn self-righteous, there's nothing preventing you from refusing your tax refund and/or contributing more to offset the huge deficits being run up by Obama, who cliamed he would balance the budget when he took office.
Of course, he'd have to actually propose a budget in order to get a balanced one signed......
Obama-never held a job, knows nothing about the economy of running a business....an amateur, a narcsist, a poser who is only a campaigner and not a leader.


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Posted by Mr. Mittens
a resident of another community
on Jul 25, 2012 at 11:51 am

No, no, no! It's perfectly legal to take the money you've earned from other people's work and put it into an offshore account to escape paying taxes. That's the beauty of the American system. One can steal from the public, and it's legal to do so! There's nothing, um, dillusional about that. I don't even like dill pickles, for heavens sake.

Now, against Obama's budget, I proposed my own. I won't give you specifics, but it's the opposite of Obama's.

Obama was a law professor for several years, but I agree with you: that really isn't a law. And running a country is exactly like running a company. That's why I was so successful as governmor of Massachusetts.

This country needs a boss, not a leader. Let's fire Obama. Beyond claiming to be president for over three years of this great country, he's never held a job in his life.

Get rich by creating jobs overseas. Take your wealth out of America and put it into Cayman banks so as to avoid paying taxes. It's the patriotic thing to do.

Mitt - Always for doing the patriotic thing, unless you can make money another way!


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Posted by Mrs Mittens
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Oh honey ... you are getting way too excited about this miniscule $54M ... you are able to eat that up in a few trips in Air Force One... heck Solyndra was able to find more than that in there inbox... as I said don't sweat the small stuff .... focus on the BIG prize... Love Me


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