This is a time of crisis, for the City of San Diego. Wall Street is not going to help us out of the current year’s cash-flow problem that is pitting our public safety against our community resources.
To begin a rational discussion about priorities we select as a city, I compiled the attached comparison of general fund expenditures on city departments from the time of economic boom, prior to Mayor Sanders assuming office (FY2005), to the current proposed budget (FY2012). One problem we face in such comparisons, is that functions morph from one department to another, as governance and leadership changes. I have tried to match the closest primary function of each department between the years, grouping them together, so we can understand the changes. I will be happy to make adjustments, based on feedback from readers and the City.
Here are some observations: