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Roundtable: City Budget News, Fairgrounds Board Views, Water Users’ Dues

Aired 2/24/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guests: Scott Lewis, CEO, Voiceofsandiego.org

Ricky Young, watchdog editor, U-T San Diego

Jonathan Horn, reporter, U-T San Diego

Transcript

City Budget: Mayor Jerry Sanders made a surprise announcement Thursday that the city's structural budget deficit has been resolved and that the city would end the fiscal year with a $16.5 million surplus. He says he wants to increase library hours to 40 hours a week and park and recreation hours to 55 per week. He also wants to increase the size of the next Police Academy class and replace the city's aging fire-warning system.

Unspent Utility Funds: San Diego utility officials began a series of rate hikes in 2007 in order to spend a billion dollars on water and sewer system upgrades. This year, the city's Public Utilities Department reports completing 39 of 111 promised projects. Water and sewer accounts contain over a half-billion dollars in unspent funds from the rate increases and bond proceeds. Officials say they are behind on some projects because they were unable to access the bond market when the city was in fiscal trouble and because they lacked in-house engineering expertise. The department promised to spend $585 million on capital improvements by 2011, but spent just $372 million.

Fairgrounds Board: Gov. Jerry Brown replaced five members of the board that oversees the Del Mar Fairgrounds. One new member, Tom Chino, of Chino Farms, an open-meeting advocate, released a critical state audit noting improper payments to employees and other violations. Chino resigned last week, apparently in protest over lack of openness and board inquiries into conflict-of-interest allegations directed at Chino’s lawyer. The board also settled a dispute with the California Coastal Commission that involved big financial penalties and giving up land used for overflow parking.

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 24, 2012 at 6:02 p.m. ― 2 years, 6 months ago

A budget surplus -> Good news for San Diego, Bad News for Dirty Carl.

Carl DeMaio has used San Diego's negative credit ratings and poor budget standing to his own political advantage ever since he carpet-bagged his way into this town from back East.

Capitalizing on angry fears about the city's financial woes, talking a big talk in front of the media about how "fiscally responsible" he is despite his personal dirty irresponsibility (www.dirtydemaio.com), orchestrating unnecessary ballot initiatives, and blaming unions for pretty much everything under the sun except his recent weight gain (and for all I know he blames unions for **that** too!).

Dirty Carl's campaign is a microcosm of Willard and Unsanitaryum's national crumbling campaigns - when the economic future looks brighter, the sun rays hit them like water hitting the Wicked Witch of the West and they begin to melt into a puddle of their own negativity that's backed up by no real substance.

Much like newt grasping for his last straw, a crazy old billionaire casino mogul in Las Vegas to throw money at him, it looks like Dirty Carl's only straw is to grasp towards our own local crazy coot super-rich activist who likes to throw money at draconian political people and issues - Papa M.

It's an interesting sport this politics watching.

It's interesting to see the different layers of bottom feeders who have staked their political futures on a ruined San Diego and a ruined United States, and now that economic hope is shining down on both, these disgusting little parasites are scattering like rats who have been feeding off the streets all night and are now hit with the first rays of the morning sun.

Go back into your holes, Dirty Carl and Willard.

Your games are up.

You staked your political futures on failure, and now it's you two who are going to fail.

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