With a voter-approved war chest to help address public safety and infrastructure needs, and higher than expected revenues during the current fiscal year ending September 30, Long Beach elected officials and staff can breathe a little easier as they head into a new budget year.


But only just a little.


While salary increases during the past year were kept to a minimum – although the $100,000-Plus Club did add 31 members as of August 1 – it may be the calm before the storm since salary and benefit negotiations are underway with all nine of the city’s unions representing thousands of city workers.


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