The San Diego City Council signed off today on two-year labor contracts with three unions that agreed to frozen salaries, reduced benefits, fewer holidays and mandatory furloughs.
The reduced compensation will save the city about $32 million in fiscal 2010-11 and lead to long-term savings through lower pension and retiree health care obligations, according to the mayor's office.
The City Council approved contacts with the San Diego Municipal Employees Association, San Diego City Firefighters Local 145 and Deputy City Attorneys Association.
Council President Ben Hueso said he hoped people recognized the sacrifices public employees will be making in helping close a $60 million budget gap for the fiscal year starting July 1.
"We are asking ten thousand people to step up to the plate so that 1.2 million people can have the privilege of visiting our beaches, our parks and our libraries," he said.
The Municipal Employee Association agreed to $8.9 million in pay and benefit cuts.
Firefighters union agreed to reduced compensation totaling $5.8 million, and deputy city attorneys agreed to $700,000 in reduced pay and benefits.
Mayor Jerry Sanders was unable to negotiate new labor agreements with the city's two other employee unions, and the stalemate prompted the City Council to impose one-year contracts on the San Diego Police Officers Association and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 127.
Volunteers turned out in force Saturday to participate in the I Love a Clean San Diego’s 14th Annual Creek to Bay Clean Up.
A toddler was badly injured Saturday after being struck by a pickup truck at Crawford High School in the neighborhood of El Cerrito, police said.
Inspired by San Diego poll results regarding North Korean relations, Rep. Susan Davis hosted a public panel discussion about negotiations and a possible meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Tyson Ross lost his bid to pitch the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres' history when center fielder Franchy Cordero appeared to misplay a ball with two outs in the eighth inning Friday night of a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
A fifth-grade teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School in the San Diego Unified School District has been arrested for allegedly distributing pornographic images of young girls, including a toddler, authorities announced Friday.