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

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Aired 4/14/11

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.

Jerry Sanders, Mayor of San Diego.

Above: Jerry Sanders, Mayor of San Diego.

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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SD92131 | April 14, 2011 at 11:56 a.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Yet, a shiny new library will get built downtown! Comedy at its best!!!

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cshamel | April 14, 2011 at 4:29 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Libraries and librarians are an American value. They empower informed citizens and help democracy thrive. They provide higher education to people who can't afford college. They bring people online who otherwise have no Internet access. They foster reading, learning, and the exchange of ideas in an open and accessible environment. How ironic that the City would look at cutting library hours during National Library Week and the toughest economic times when people need libraries the most.

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brixsy | April 24, 2011 at 10:10 a.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Libraries are great, they allow people who might not have the access to get an education, to expand their minds. We shouldn't have to bear these cuts because of bad governance. If SD stopped wasting so much money, we would be fine. The problem is that everyone is too spread out, and many people don't understand the cryptic ways of government. This makes it hard for people to understand what their real priorities are, to make a change. Instead of dividing ourselves arbitrarily over social issues and other nonsense, we need to come together and save the programs that we deserve to receive. The middle class is coming under attack, if we want to preserve some semblance of fair rule and equity, we need to meet that challenge. We are being told that the poor are draining the system, being urged to attack the lower segments of society, only for the ulterior motive of enriching the already affluent.

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