Given the state of the economy, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is questioning the $600,000 in raises and bonuses that a city agency has budgeted for its 250 employees this year, it was reported today.
Sanders has requested an accounting of salaries and bonuses paid to employees of San Diego Data Processing Corp. for the last three years. He also suggested the city might rethink its future relationship with the agency, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Officials told the newspaper that not all that money has been paid out and no additional raises or bonuses are included for the agency's employees in next year's budget.
The mayor said that any increase sends a wrong message at a time when city employees have had their pay frozen or reduced.
"We're not accusing anybody of doing anything wrong, but I think that one of the things that happens in some of these corporations that are actually quasi-city entities is there's not much attention paid to them in the budget process," Sanders told the newspaper.
San Diego Data Processing Corp. was created by the city 30 years ago to handle information technology. It is governed by a six-member board that oversees the agency's $48 million budget.
The agency's president and chief executive, Tom Fleming, told the Union-Tribune that budgeted salary increases were actually scaled back significantly.
The city's request for financial information from its agencies stems from the bonus scandal involving Southeastern Economic Development Corp. The redevelopment agency's president, Carolyn Smith, was fired in July for giving herself and staff members $872,000 in bonuses over five years, which an auditor later called fraudulent.
Warm weather is expected to return to San Diego this week peaking around the mid-week point. Temps should cool again by next weekend.
Two San Diego police officers were shot and wounded in a standoff at a College Area condominium that left the suspect dead late Saturday night.
Investigators were trying to reconstruct an accident scene in Encinitas on Sunday after a man riding a motorcycle was killed in a collision.
A man was found dead under suspicious circumstances in a Vista apartment early Sunday, and homicide detectives were investigating, sheriff's deputies said.
Hundreds of statewide faith leaders will march Saturday afternoon to the Otay Mesa Detention Center, where they will protest immigration policies that separated more than 2,300 children from their parents.
A 325-acre blaze burning at Camp Pendleton Saturday was described as a ``training fire'' by a base official.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped today for the 16th consecutive day, decreasing nine-tenths of a cent to $3.697.
A crash on an Oceanside freeway Saturday morning left two cars on their roofs and sent one person to a hospital, a fire official
A stretch of road in National City was shut down briefly after a large crowd took to the streets to celebrate the Mexico national soccer team's 2-1 victory over South Korea today in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The San Diego Humane Society today urged residents to volunteer their homes as foster spaces for the influx of animals typically lost after Fourth of July.