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S.D. Council Votes to Limit Mayor's Power

The San Diego City Council has voted to require the mayor to get their approval before he makes any changes that could lead to substantial city services cuts. The move has angered the mayor who says h

S.D. Council Votes to Limit Mayor's Power

The San Diego City Council has voted to require the mayor to get their approval before he makes any changes that could lead to substantial city services cuts. The move has angered the mayor who says he will take the issue to a referendum of the people. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.  
The vote marks the first major showdown between the mayor and the city council , who are jockeying for position under the new strong mayor form of government.

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Councilwoman Donna Frye made the motion. It prevents the mayor from making unilateral decisions after the budget is decided on anything that could result in Quote “material and substantial” service cuts.

<b> Frye: </b> What would the be the point of going  through a budget process - we go through this rigorous discussion - and then after we approve the appropriations ordinance and everybody says that was good, and then the next day the mayor’s office says that’s great but I can ignore it because I can do pretty much what I want..

The mayor’s office calls the council’s decision an affront to voters who elected the mayor to balance the city budget.  He has vowed to veto the measure but the council could overturn his veto. Alison St John KPBS News.