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City to city: By the numbers

Submitted by on 1, February 11, 2009 – 8:29 am4 Comments



Alameda: 75,823
Redwood City: 77,269
(Source: California Department of Finance)

Square miles
Alameda: 22.7
Redwood City: 19
(Source: City of Alameda Budget and Financial Plan Fiscal Year 2008-2009 and 2009-2010, City of Redwood City Adopted Budget FY 2008-2010)

(Source: City of Alameda Budget and Financial Plan Fiscal Year 2008-2009 and 2009-2010, City of Redwood City Adopted Budget FY 2008-2010)
General fund budget, 2008-09
Alameda: $75.9 million*
Redwood City: $84.1 million

Total staffing
661.7 FTEs**
Redwood City: 596.67 FTEs

Parks & Recreation***
Alameda: (budget, staff, acreage) $3,975,669; 28 FTE; 124 acres
Redwood City: $17,340,042; 116.26; 138 acres

Library (not included in Alameda’s general fund)
Alameda (budget, staff): $3,287,824; 16.5
Redwood City: $7,237,070; 45.02

Alameda: (budget, staff, crimes) $23,879,403; 144; 4,379
Redwood City: $32,497,227; 137.32, 4,054

Alameda (budget, staff, calls): $21,476,857; 102; 6,013
Redwood City: $17,340,042; 70; 6,947

Administration (City Council, City Manager, City Attorney, Human Resources)****
Alameda: (budget, staff) $3,688,082; 27.5
Redwood City: $7,413,178; 23.41*****

*Alameda’s general fund budget does not include several departments included in Redwood City’s, most notably Library and Planning & Building. The addition of those two departments (at around $7 million) brings the budget amounts, already the closest in our survey, even closer together.
**FTE stands for full-time equivalent
***Alameda budget amount does not include $2.1 in athletic fund revenue for sports, teen and senior programs, or $5 million golf budget; acreage does not include golf.
Redwood City parks budget includes $1.89 million in human services and assessment district costs
****Excludes finance
*****Staff numbers do not include mayor, council members


  • Jayne Smythe says:

    The one critical element missing from your numbers is the redevelopment budgets.

  • Jayne Smythe says:

    How much money comes from the general fund in Alameda for Redevelopment? I think that the Alameda redev budget, as you say, is similarly around $10 million.

    Was that mentioned in the budget meeting last Saturday? [Wanted to go, but had to work…]

  • Mosha says:

    Alameda is not anywhere close to 22.7 square miles. That figure includes water boundaries; which if you did that for Redwood City puts it at closer to 34 square miles. Alameda island is about 10 square miles, or less I believe, and far less than that when you subtract much of the uninhabited and restricted space of the naval air station.

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