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Creating Guidelines To Fix The S.D. Budget

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Aired 2/22/10

San Diego city leaders don't yet have a plan for how they're going to fix the city's structural budget deficit. But they're starting to work toward one.

San Diego city leaders don't yet have a plan for how they're going to fix the city's structural budget deficit. But they're starting to work toward one.

The city council is scheduled to vote today on whether to adopt 11 guidelines aimed at eliminating San Diego's structural budget deficit.

The city spends more money than it takes in.

The guidelines come from the council's Independent Budget Analyst. They include reducing pension and retiree heath care liabilities and finding new revenue streams for the city.

Councilman Kevin Faulconer says the guidelines are just part of the process.

"Clearly there's a lot of tough decisions that remain. And what these principles do is to help outline reforms that the council still needs to make," he said.

Faulconer says he supports giving private companies the opportunity to bid on some city services, a process known as managed competition. But the city and its labor unions haven't been able to figure out how to move forward with that.

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