This post is the second in our series of guest blogs this week addressing the city’s budget deficit. We’re asking how the city solves this year’s $179 million deficit and other projected deficits going forward.
Today’s blogger is Vince Vasquez, senior policy analyst with National University’s Institute for Policy Research think tank.
Here is Vasquez’s response:
The San Diego City Council faces a daunting task in closing the $179-$201 million budget gap before it. Proposed solutions to closing this gap (on paper) will undoubtedly include severe, top-down budget balancing tactics, but these have historically been met with ire by San Diego residents and firm rejection from their elected representatives. Moving forward, a better approach would be to enlist the help of everyday citizens to balance our budget and meet both the short-term and long-term needs of our community.