City Council

That old civics lesson about taking responsibility and voting is true

Many residents are becoming involved in City Hall issues. That’s specifically in issues relating to the city’s budget and services. Instead of remaining isolated from what t ...

Making sense of council's compensation

Many residents have asked about the compensation and benefits our employees receive and how they came to be and who and when they were approved. The following column is my attempt ...

City Manager's performance discussed during closed session

City Council spent almost two hours in closed session Tuesday night for a performance review of City Manager Jim Estep. When asked Monday by The News Messenger why the closed sessi ...

City hires new consultants

The city entered into three professional services agreements Tuesday to fill positions in the development services and public services departments. The unanimous decision was made ...

How council candidates would solve structural deficit if Measure K doesn’t pass

This year’s City Council candidates have their own plans for solving the structural deficit in the General Fund if voters don’t pass Measure K this November. Jeff Greenberg sai ...

Why won’t city officials answer a direct question with a direct answer?

The following is Question & Answer Number 10, from the posting (Measure K section at ci.lincoln.ca.us) by the city of Lincoln’s public information officer. “Why does the City ...

City Council column

City Council’s view The view from the dais can be deceiving. Looking out on the citizens gathered to listen and speak at City Council meetings these last several months, scann ...

More comments made at Tuesday’s utility tax workshop

Resident Lawrence Yegge “My question is, we laid off 60 some people, and I’m wondering what’s been done as far as reducing the cost of administration in the city, because I s ...

Residents ask City Council questions about Measure K.

The mood inside McBean Pavilion Tuesday night was serious at some times, relaxed at others, and sometimes comical as 60 community members listened and asked questions to city offic ...

Measure K meshes into council meeting

Although an hour was devoted to discussion about Measure K, with the promise of more time for discussion after Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the proposed utility users’ tax w ...

Six candidates running for two seats on City Council

The final tally for the number of candidates for two City Council seats this November is six. The candidates are Richard Pearl, incumbent Linda Stackpoole, Stan Nader, Gabriel Hydr ...

Asking the tough questions comes with the territory

I’m the first to admit that The News Messenger is a different paper these past several months. The reason is because we’re looking harder at issues that affect residents. As ...

Friends of Lincoln Library donate $39,498.46 to city to keep services going

The Carnegie Library will remain open for the rest of the fiscal year, thanks to a $25,789 from the Friends of the Lincoln Library. An additional $13,709.46 was donated with the ...

City contracts total of $403,960 for accounting services

City Council adopted a resolution Tuesday to amend for the third time a professional services agreement with Vavrinek, Trine, Day and Company for $118,760 in accounting services. T ...

Another UUT workshop set; City Council meeting to follow

Saying that it might be a late night for council members and staff, City Council Tuesday set another utility users’ tax workshop for Aug. 24. “There is a very strong desire in ...