Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced a series of budget cuts Friday aimed at the districts represented by Council members who earlier this week stymied his wishes to hold a special election in November.
It’s the type of rough-and-tumble – or vindictive – move we rarely see in San Diego politics.
On Monday, the City Council passed a budget without funding for a special election. Faulconer wanted voters to approve two measures this November, one to increase hotel taxes to expand the San Diego Convention Center, fund some homelessness programs and repair streets, the other to greenlight the SoccerCity redevelopment plan for Qualcomm Stadium.
Faulconer quickly announced he would veto specific pieces of the Council’s budget, and restore funding for a special election. Few in City Hall realized he had the authority to do so. It appears he has the votes to survive a Council attempt to override his changes.
Late Friday, Faulconer announced what he was cutting from the city’s budget to restore the $5 million for a special election.
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By using his veto to cut funds to council members who oppose a special election, the mayor has given those council members an even stronger reason to vote against a special election, since if there is no election, that money will never be spent, and can move back into their control. Dumb political move on the mayor's part. He's getting bad advice from his puppet masters.
The mayor needed to cut $5M from the original version of the budget to cover the special election, since the original budgeted $5M was redirected to police and other areas, and the mayor agreed to leave in the redirected funds. The article points out a little over $1.1M in "vindictive" cuts. Anyone know from which districts the other $3.9M was cut?
Our "little Donald Trump" likes playing hardball, eh? I am savoring the moment I can vote against him and his projects. FIX MY STREET FIRST !!!
I'm concerned by the Mayor's use of vindictive politics to blatantly target the budgets of council members that opposed a special election; it directly punishes the members of those communities.
I'm also concerned about the issue of a special election itself. Less people vote during a special election. If the SoccerCity idea holds merit, it should be able to do so in a more democratic arena; an arena in which more voices can be heard on such a large issue for us San DIegans.
I'm looking forward to the specifics of the convention center plan. What percentage goes for homeless programs, what goes to infrastructure and what to the expansion. Huh? You say that won't be spelled out in the proposition? Good luck.
According to FS (Fraudulent Scammers) if they don't get their special election for Sucker City it will be too late in 2018? Promise ? - So if you don't get the special you will pull it from the ballot right? Kinda like when you said if the City Council didn't award you mission valley without an election it would be too late?
It's too late to trust these New York CIty Hedge Fund boys ...nothing but Spanos-lite.
@craig Nelson --The FS/MLS so-called deadline is garbage. I look forward to a 5-4 vote against a special election, if for no other reason just to see the reaction from Faulconer. And Scott Sherman as well. That should be very entertaining.
"Hardball" comes to San Diego. Vindictiveness by Mayor Faulconer could not be more transparent. And for what? A convention center expansion on land controlled by private parties in an industry that is overbuilt plus a "hurry up" vote on a massive real estate project in a heavily congested area of the city. Seems like our Mayor has a perverse set of priorities. He desperately wants a legacy project that overall will not affect our city's economy but rather may look cool.
The Mayor's ability to cut funding from individual city council districts helps to show how San Diego is a "city of villages" in name only. The borders of each village are poorly defined, the villages and even the districts don't have the authority to set their own budgets or raise their own taxes or even determine their own land-use patterns without permission from the other districts in the city.
It appears that by the Mayor's logic those who are most opposed to the special election are the one's who should pay for it - where have I heard that argument previously (you get two guesses, and one has to be the Mexico border wall).
Hes a brutal man ... Seems he's learning at Trumps knee- if you retaliate you get your way by crushing others.