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SD City Council and Mayor in a Power Struggle

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Aired 4/19/09

San Diego City Council members wrangled with the mayor’s office today over who has the authority to fund or cut programs. The power struggle comes as the cash-strapped city attempts to balance its budget. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The new “strong mayor” form of government in San Diego is having growing pains. The city council is angry the mayor cut two programs they approved: one for children’s swimming lessons, the other to get homeless off the streets

Councilwoman Donna Frye says the mayor isn’t exposed to the community’s needs like she is. 

Frye: We are the ones taking the phone calls and answering questions, and it affected kids!

Julie Dubick of the mayor’s office says San Diegans voted for a strong mayor to manage the city

Dubick: The strong mayor believes he’s going to be held accountable and our heart goes out to children and programs just as yours does. Hard decisions are hard to make.

The city is struggling to keep costs down and balance the budget without raising taxes. Alison St John, KPBS News. 

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