At a time when every city in the world is competing to nurture and retain people with 21st century skills, San Diego can’t afford to set itself back.
San Diego county and city pension funds have nearly $7 billion less in the bank than they need to cover benefits already earned by current and former employees, a deficit that’s risen 90 percent in just two years, new reports show.
The Penny for the Arts plan passed in 2012 envisions putting 9.5 percent of the city’s hotel tax collections toward arts programs by 2017. But the mayor’s 2017 budget only devotes 6.4 percent of those collections to the Commission for Arts and Culture.
The state’s labor board says the city has to make employees whole after screwing up Proposition B three years ago. No one has any idea how to do that. The mayor’s pushing for an appeal.
The mayor’s proposal could mean the city will begin treating substandard housing the way it treats illegal marijuana dispensaries and foreclosures.
No bold policy proposals here. Mayor Kevin Faulconer approached his first State of the City address as San Diego’s non-controversial cheerleader in chief, a role he’s embraced during his 10 months as mayor.
Kevin Faulconer pushed to end an employee bonus program three years ago. Now a new bonus effort is part of his efficiency initiative.
The 2012 pension reform measure translated into more red tape for city salary increases.
The group Mayor Kevin Faulconer asked to assess his infrastructure ideas tiptoed around spending in their review. But, for the most part, they think the mayor needs to find more cash.
In 2007, the city’s white-collar union proposed adopting the county’s method for private-sector bidding on government services. The city said no. Now a consultant is telling the city to do just that.