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Debate begins over city reforms

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Aired 4/19/09

San Diego's mayor, city council and city attorney began debating changes designed to tighten up the city's financial accountability. Some of the changes are controversial because they affect the balance of power at City Hall. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Mayor Sanders and the council agree that rapid reforms are expected of the city, in response to recommendations in the recently released Kroll report. Wall Street is watching to see if the city is serious about cleaning up its act. But some of the reforms recommended in the consultants' report are meeting resistance

The council's budget analyst, Andrea Tevelin says the new system of oversight gives the mayor too much power and would not be considered best practices in a corporate setting.

The city attorney says the best remediation would be if the city council admitted it made a mistake in 2002 and cleared the way for rolling back benefits. The unions object to proposed changes to the pension board and to the mayor's new ethics audit of all employees.

Council President Scott Peters has scheduled three more public meetings to talk about the remediation plan and the changes ahead. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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