According to an article by Alan Lopez in today’s Alameda Journal, the city is facing a $4 million dollar budget deficit for next fiscal year. The cause? A overall downturn in the economy, including a decline in the city’s property transfer tax revenues. We can’t control a whole lot, but we can make sure to buy our goods, as much as possible, right here on the island. It makes sense environmentally—no need to drive to Walnut Creek for a pair of shoes—and economically—much of our sales tax dollars stay at home, and sales tax is the fourth highest source of revenue to our city coffers, contributing about $1.2 million to our city budget. So shop on the island, for a double win.