Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 | When San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders presents his package of proposed emergency budget cuts to the City Council on Wednesday morning, he will likely get an earful from upset city residents who want to know why he chose their libraries and recreation centers for closure.
He’s also likely to hear from a couple of upset council members who want to know why he has provided so little justification for his proposed cuts.
“There does not seem to be any kind of rational as to why these cuts were chosen,” said Councilwoman Donna Frye. “Was there a prioritization? What criteria did they use? It just seems to be random.”
Frye, who habitually fights with Sanders over disclosure of city finances, said her office has had a”horrible, horrible” time getting information out of the mayor’s office in the weeks since he announced that the city was facing a $43 million shortfall in this fiscal year’s general fund budget.
Councilman Tony Young and Independent Budget Analyst Andrea Tevlin also said that Sanders could have been more forthcoming with his rationale for proposing the cuts he outlined in his report and given Tevlin more to work with in her examination of the cuts.
On Monday, Tevlin issued a 14-page review of the proposed cuts. In her review, Tevlin indicated that her office didn’t have sufficient time to review Sanders’s proposal. And she said the proposal “inconsistent and unclear information.”