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Sanders vies to restore confidence in public spending

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders took steps today to restore public confidence in how the city spends public money. Sanders' reforms are in response to last month's grand jury report that accused the city of back door funding. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The mayor acknowledged it should not have taken a grand jury report to catch that the city was siphoning money from the well funded water department to top up the budgets of other departments. Sanders has appointed a new water department director from the private sector, to make changes and monitor the money, that includes water fees paid by residents.

Sanders: "The kind of changes we need to prove to the citizens of San Diego that their hard earned tax dollars are being used efficiently and only for the purposes they were originally intended."

Sanders says he will also restore almost $2 million to the water department next year, from the city's beleaguered general fund. The city's water and sewer departments need hundreds of millions of dollars to build pipelines and pumping stations to comply with federal and state water quality standards. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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