I clearly understand that Mayor Sanders has no choice but to submit to us proposed budget reductions to address an over $180 million budget deficit for fiscal year 2011. I consider his proposal one prong in a multi-pronged strategy that we must all participate in to address the City’s Structural budget deficit. If not addressed now and in a collaborative fashion with the City Council, Mayor Sanders, City Unions, and the citizens of San Diego we will be facing $200 million deficits every year for the next few years and faced with laying off thousands of employees.
As the Council, Independent Budget Analyst, and the citizens of San Diego review the Mayor’s current proposals for possible final actions by the Council on December 14th, I will be convening a meeting of the Budget and Finance Committee for Wednesday December 2nd at 9:00 a.m. to receive the Mayor’s recommendations. In addition to Council meetings in early December, citizens will also get to provide additional input and recommendations at the final meeting of San Diego Speaks on December 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Ave.
The Mayor’s proposed budget reductions are painful; however they are not as much of a fatal blow to the city’s workers and services as they could have been. I look forward to making additional recommendations in cooperation and collaboration with the Council, Mayor, Unions and including the newly established Citizens Commission on Revenue Review and Economic Recovery to look at near-term and long-term strategies to eliminate the City’s structural budget deficit once and for all.