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Possible Cuts Outlined At San Diego Town Hall Meeting

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Aired 10/19/10

The first of several town hall meetings was held in San Diego Monday night to explain what city services might be cut if the proposed sales tax increase fails.

The first of several town hall meetings was held in San Diego Monday night to explain what city services might be cut if the proposed sales tax increase fails.

San Diego COO Jay Goldstone addresses the crowd at a budget town hall meeting in University City on Monday October 18, 2010.
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Above: San Diego COO Jay Goldstone addresses the crowd at a budget town hall meeting in University City on Monday October 18, 2010.

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders moderated the meeting. The city’s facing a projected $72 million deficit next year. Sanders stressed that these are just budget talks and not necessarily tied to Proposition D, the proposed half-cent sales tax increase. But that issue was on a lot of people’s minds, including Bob Cronk.

"I think the city’s in a tough spot. And I think it takes a lot of courage for the mayor to come out here and face a crowd and tell them the truth, tell them that we need to raise revenue," Cronk said.

Deborah Knight agrees that more revenue is needed. But she says the city leaders must change their focus as well.

"It’s very disturbing to me to see the top city leadership focused on the making it possible to put together these huge, difficult downtown projects and yet the rest of the city is going down the drain," Knight said.

During the meeting the police and fire chiefs as well as the heads of the Park and Rec, Library and Public Works departments outlined the cuts their departments might have to make if the budget cuts go forward.

During the meeting the mayor also responded to several people demanding answers about San Diego filing for bankruptcy and the city’s pension deficit.

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Avatar for user 'TMail'

TMail | October 19, 2010 at 8:18 a.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

Scott Peters quoted in a October, 2007 San Diego Magazine article:

“There is no pension crisis,” he says. “Labeling it as a crisis is destructive and outdated.”

http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/media/San-Diego-Magazine/October-2007/The-Uncivil-War-at-City-Hall/

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davehalo | October 19, 2010 at 10:14 a.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

how about...
1- declare bankruptcy and void the massive pension benefit give away. re-write the contract. people should not make 80, 90, or even 100+ percent of the income in retirement. something around 30-40% is more feasible when combined with other savings programs (stocks, ira's, SSA, etc). AND employees need to contribute more; or
2- eliminate 1/3 of all top city positions whose salaries are in excess of $100k excluding benefits - i.e. raw income alone. this would balance things alot faster than cutting unfilled positions or removing low paid workers; and
3- make people start pay for trash service!!!!; and
4- ramp up enforcement of existing laws that carry financial penalties

So many other options than just simply raising taxes...

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