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IBA Staff Assignments


Charles Modica (Independent Budget Analyst)

  • Budget & Government Efficiency Committee
  • City Council (Closed and Open Sessions)
  • City Council Communications
  • Oversee Infrastructure Policy Issues
  • Oversee Budget and Financial Policy Issues
  • Annual Budget Process Lead
  • Ballot Fiscal Impacts Team
  • Department Operations
  • Media Contact/Coordination
  • Docket Planning with DLA
  • Labor Issues/Labor Negotiations
  • San Diego City Employees Retirement System (SDCERS)
  • Proposition B Executive Group
  • “Crash Courses” on the Budget for the Public
  • 101 Ash (Lead)
  • Budget Guides for the Public

Jillian Kissee (Deputy Director)

  • Rules Committee
  • Homelessness and Housing Commission Transition/Backup
  • Ballot Fiscal Impacts Team
  • Docket Planning with DLA
  • City Council Financial Training
  • Policy/Budget Review for the following areas:
    • Boards and Commissions
    • Office of the City Clerk
    • Office of the City Attorney
    • Office of Race and Equity
    • Department of Finance
    • Mayor’s Office
    • Office of the IBA
    • City Council Offices
      • Council Administration
      • Council Community Projects, Programs & Services Funds (CPPS)

Lisa Byrne (Fiscal & Policy Analyst)

  • Budget & Government Efficiency Committee Support
  • Lead Coordination of Operating Budget Reports
  • Coordinating Annual “Crash Budget” Courses for the Public
  • Pension and Retiree Health
  • Labor Issues/Negotiations
  • Grand Jury Response Coordination and Follow-up
  • Disclosure Practices Working Group – back up
  • Prop B Issues
  • Lead: Monitoring, Review and Recommendation on Financial Policies and Budget Policies
  • City Wage-Related Policies (e.g. Minimum Wage, Earned Sick Leave, Prevailing Wage)
  • Policy/Budget Review for the following areas:
    • SDCERS
    • Compliance Department
    • Risk Management
    • Personnel
    • Human Resources
    • General Fund and Risk Management Reserves (Public Liability, Workers’ Compensation, Long-Term Disability)
    • Backup: Overall General Fund Expenditure and Personnel Analyses including: Overtime, Salaries & Wages, Vacancies, Fringe Benefits, Non-Personnel Expenditures

Baku Patel (Fiscal & Policy Analyst)

  • Public Safety & Livable Neighborhoods Committee
  • City Debt Financing Issues
  • Disclosure Practices Working Group (w/ Lisa Byrne)
  • Infrastructure Financing Support (w/ Erin Noel)
  • Deferred Capital Bonds/Commercial Paper Issuances (w/ Erin Noel)
  • Labor Issues/Negotiations (backup, public safety)
  • Policy/Budget Review for the following areas:
    • Police
      • Surveillance Ordinance
    • Fire-Rescue
      • Emergency Medical Services
    • Office of Emergency Services
    • Parks & Recreation
    • Library
    • Mission Bay Fund
    • Balboa Park Improvement Fund

    • Regional Park Improvement Fund
    • Commission on Police Practices

Jordan More (Fiscal & Policy Analyst)

  • Environment Committee
  • Independent Rate Oversight Committee (IROC)
  • Oversee & Monitor Independent Consultant Review of PUD Water Rates
  • Climate Action Plan
  • SDG&E Franchise Agreement
  • Community Choice Energy (CCE)
  • Policy/Budget Review for the following areas:
    • Public Utilities Department
      • Pure Water
      • Water & Sewer Rates (Cost of Service Studies)
    • Sustainability & Mobility Department
    • Environmental Services
    • Storm Water Department
    • General Services Department – Fleet Operations Division
    • Transportation Department
      • Urban Forestry

Erin Noel (Fiscal & Policy Analyst)

  • Active Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
  • Infrastructure Policy & Budget Issues
  • Lead on Capital Infrastructure Reports incl: Five-Year, Mid-Year CIP Year-End, State of the CIP
  • CIPRAC – Advisory Member
  • Policy/Budget Review for the following areas:
    • Capital Improvement Program
    • Infrastructure Financing Support (w/ Baku Patel)
    • Deferred Capital Bonds/Commercial Paper Issuances (w/ Baku Patel)
    • Asset Management
      • Condition Assessments Status
      • Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) System
    • City Infrastructure Fund
    • Engineering & Capital Projects
    • Department of Strategic Capital Projects
    • Purchasing and Contracting
      • Publishing Services
      • Central Stores
  • General Services Department – Facilities Division
  • Information Technology
    • SAP
    • SDAccess4All

Ruixin Chen (Fiscal & Policy Analyst)

  • Land Use and Housing Committee (lead)
  • COVID-19 Response and Recovery Committee
  • Policy/budget review for the following areas:
    • Development Services
      • Cannabis Permitting
    • Planning
      • Parks for All of Us (w/ Baku Patel)
      • Homes for All of Us (w/ Amy Li)
      • DIF Reform
      • General Plan, Community Plan Updates
    • Department of Real Estate and Airport Management
      • Petco Park
      • Midway Sports Arena development
    • Citywide Program Expenditures
  • Lead: Overall General Fund Expenditure and Personnel Analyses including: Overtime, Salaries & Wages, Vacancies, Fringe Benefits, Non-Personnel Expenditures

Amy Li (Fiscal & Policy Analyst)

  • Audit Committee
  • Audit Committee Member Recruitment
  • Land Use and Housing Committee (secondary)
  • San Diego Housing Commission Oversight and Reform Committee
  • Regional Task Force on the Homeless
  • Policy/budget review for the following areas:
    • Homelessness Strategies and Solutions Department
      • Tracking Citywide homelessness investment
    • San Diego Housing Commission
      • Affordable and Moderate-Income Housing
      • Section 8/MTW Vouchers
      • Housing Commission Board meetings
    • The following issues within Economic Development:
      • Bridge to Home
      • Homelessness allocations – ESG and CDBG
    • Land Use Affordable Housing
      • Homes for All of Us (w/ Ruixin Chen)
    • City Auditor

Nicky Bennett(Associate Fiscal & Analyst)

  • Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee
  • Revenues, lead (w/ Jillian Kissee)
    • Property Tax
    • Sales Tax
    • Transient Occupancy Tax
    • Franchise Fees
    • Cannabis Business Taxes
    • Other Major Revenues
  • Policy/Budget Review for the following areas:
    • San Diego Convention Center
    • Port of San Diego
    • Arts and Culture
    • Short Term Vacation Rentals
    • Tourism Marketing District (TMD)
      • Special Promotional Programs
      • Cultural Affairs
      • Special Events and Filming
    • Economic Development
      • Special Assessment Districts (MADs, BID,s CPDs, PBID)
      • Successor Agency
      • HUD Consolidated Application: CDBG, ESG, HOME (w/ Amy Li)
      • Consolidated Plan Advisory Board Support (CPAB)
    • Government Affairs
      • Federal and State Programs and Legislation

Vacant (Associate Fiscal & Analyst)

  • Provide Research and Analytical Support to Fiscal & Policy Analysts
  • Support IBA and Deputy with projects and presentations
  • Backup to IBA Confidential Executive Assistant (i.e. calendaring, phone calls, Onbase Reports, Memos, Assisting IBA (as-needed)
  • Office Wide-Support on Major Reports and Presentations: Multi-City Survey; Best Practices; PowerPoints; Tables; Charts, etc.
  • Docket Briefing Coordination/DLA Docket Planning
  • Assist Deputy Director with IBA Office Budget
  • Lead on Publication of Annual IBA Review of the Proposed Budget (w/ Lisa Byrne)

  • Annual Updates to Budget and Infrastructure Citizens Guides
  • Office Twitter Account (release reports and indentify ways to maximize office exposure)
  • Annual Update to IBA Employee Handbook
  • Coordination of various office team building activities 
  • Key Performance Measures (KPI's)/Strategic Plan Relative to Budget
  • Policy/Budget Review for the following areas:
    • Communications Department
    • Performance and Analytics
    • Office of the City Treasurer
    • Office of the Chief Operating Officer
    • Ethics Commission 
    • Office of Youth and Child Success

Veronica M. Murillo (Confidential Executive Assistant to the IBA)

  • Primary Support to IBA
  • Scheduling Coordination
  • Council Staff Docket Briefing Coordination
  • IBA Weekly Assignment Tracking
  • IBA Report Distribution
  • Website Administration
  • Social Media Announcements/Advertising (i.e. Twitter)

  • Official Office Correspondence Distribution (i.e. Memorandum, Reports, etc.)

  • OnBase City Council/Council Committee Item Intake & Routing

  • Virtual Platform Logistics (i.e. Zoom, Teams, Webinars)

  • Media Contact/Coordination
  • IBA Office Subpoenas

  • Yearly Accomplishments Tracking

  • Oversee and Monitor Office Training Requirements