Monday, members of the City Council found out that to change the city budget the mayor proposes each year, they ultimately need a supermajority of six votes, not just a simple majority.
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.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s budget proposal would kill off the mini-department created to identify and solve problems in the city. There’s still time for someone to fight to save it, but no candidates have emerged yet.
Under Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s proposal, a new two-person emergency crew would start in July and a temporary fire station in another at-risk community would come six months later.
In a Q-and-A, Christie Hill from the Center on Policy Initiatives talks about what it will take to bring “participatory budgeting” – a process that puts budget decisions directly into residents’ hands – to San Diego.
The five-year financial projections released by interim mayor Todd Gloria Thursday reveal the extent to which City Council commitments add to the budget deficit.
A series of community meetings could help residents raise their voices above those of their planning groups.
The city’s pension payment should be lower next year, which could translate into a budget surplus.
The city wants to borrow lots of money in January, and with it will come a debate over whether to fix old facilities or build new ones.
Lawrence McKinney, one of three black officers to take a top post at the San Diego Police Department, retires Thursday. He reflects on the headway made on race relations in the mid-city community.