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SD Council to Consider Pay Raises


Aired 4/20/09

At their meeting this afternoon San Diego City Council members will consider whether to give themselves a pay raise. But Council President Ben Hueso isn’t expecting any discussion on the matter. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

The City Council is required to vote on the recommendation of the city’s Salary Setting Commission. The Commission is recommending council salaries be increased to a maximum of $125,000, up from about $75,000 now. Its proposing the Mayor’s pay be increased from about $100,000 to $150,000. Hueso says he doesn’t see either proposal moving forward.


“Given our budget circumstance, $60 million shortfall, given our challenges in keeping programming going, I just can not imagine that there’ll be a motion in any which direction on this,” he says.


The Commission’s salary recommendations are based on cost of living increases. Council members approved a pay increase last year. But the Mayor vetoed the decision and the Council reversed its position.


Katie Orr, KPBS News

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