Michael Zucchet, head of the San Diego’s white-collar union, faced a simple question afterCity Council passed a 2011 budget early this afternoon.
Were city employees laid off today?
“I have no earthly idea,” Zucchet said.
About 200 filled city positions were eliminated in Mayor Jerry Sanders’ budget plan overwhelmingly approved by council. The decision, made 70 days after Sanders first revealed the more than $179 million budget deficit, closes that gap.
Haste, Sanders emphasized, was essential. If cuts were made by January, the city saved $24 million by allowing the city to take money off the books sooner.
Yet little accomplished in Wednesday’s four-hour council meeting could be considered decisive. City Council and others filled the day with all sorts of caveats.