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Newly Structured City Council OKs $10 Million More for Kroll

San Diego city council met Tuesday for the first time this year, and the meeting revealed new political dynamics. The council reached a decision on the controversial question of whether to authorize $10 million more for consultants conducting an investigation into the pension deficit. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders no longer chairs council meetings. Under the new strong mayor structure, he sat below the dais and recommended to council that they authorize the $10 million. The consultants have already billed the city over $6 million.

Sanders: "I don't think any of us are happy with the way events have unfolded but at the end of the day, this is a business decision that I feel compelled to make under the circumstances."

The council agreed with Sanders the investigation must be completed if the long awaited audit is to be approved. Even City attorney Mike Aguirre agreed, evidence of a new pact with the mayor. Only Councilwoman Donna Frye opposed the motion. However the most intense debate centered on how to pay the bill. Some council members said they're tired of voting on things that later turn out to be illegal, so a decision on exactly where the money will come from was postponed till later. Alison St John, KPBS news.

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