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S.D. Council to Vote on Mayor-Council Compromise

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Aired 4/19/09

The San Diego City Council will vote this afternoon on a possible truce in the ongoing power struggle over who controls the city's purse strings. The outcome will affect the mayor's freedom to cut public services. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The compromise on the table today is an attempt to resolve a deadlock reached last month. The council, upset to hear the mayor Jerry Sanders had cut a program without telling them, voted to radically limit the mayor's power to make any changes without getting their approval.

Council President Scott Peters says his proposal would let the mayor cut programs by up to 10 percent or $4 million, as long as he lets the council know when he's done it.

Peters: This is part of a number of steps I credit the mayor for being willing to do this. I think it sets the table for working well.

Councilwoman Donna Frye is not happy with Peter's proposal.

Frye: This compromise proposal is nothing more than a compromise of the public interest. The public has a right to know what is going on before those service cuts are made -- not after they're made.

Today's vote will be a significant step in the ongoing struggle to define how the new strong mayor form of government will actually work. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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