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Library, Rec Center Hours Slashed In Mayor’s Budget Proposal

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Library hours in the city of San Diego could be slashed but fire service will be restored. Here’s an advanced look at Mayor Jerry Sander’s proposed budget.

— Mayor Jerry Sanders will formally present his budget this afternoon.

His office said it will include reducing library hours from 36 to 18 hours a week. Branches will be open just two days a week and alternating Saturdays. Recreation centers will have their hours cut from 40 hours a week to 20.

But the mayor’s office said fire engine brownouts will be restored with four crews coming back into service on July 1 and the remaining four returning next January.

Sanders will also propose eliminating 20 sworn police positions and combining several city departments.

The mayor’s budget uses a combination of services cuts and one time fixes to close San Diego’s nearly $57 million deficit.

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