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What will San Diego do now that Prop D has failed?

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Proposition D, which would have raised the sales tax in San Diego by a half-cent, was soundly defeated. Now there are growing concerns about deep budget cuts next year.

San Diego City Council members Carl DeMaio and Donna Frye sat side by side at council Wednesday with no time to think about Prop D's results. It's back to work.

Frye calls the defeat of Prop D Tuesday night disappointing, but promises reform will continue.

"These aren't scare tactics. The fact of the matter is we have cut police services. We do have rolling brownouts with the fire department. It's not a scare tactic, it's not a game. This is reality. It's a big city and we have real serious problems," Frye said.

Frye says she isn't sure yet how deep the cuts will be, but sees no way around public service not being affected by Prop D's defeat.

Councilman Carl DeMaio says he's come up with a way to balance the budget with no cuts to police, lifeguards and fire, reforms he plans to unveil publicly on Friday but offered a sneak peak now for News 8.

"Mayor and council budgets, we cut them by 10 percent. We believe they need to lead by example," DeMaio said.

DeMaio also says no cuts in library hours, an end to rolling brownouts, as well as no cuts to services for kids and seniors.

"No reduction in park and rec service programs, we do, however in park and rec, open up four of their functions such as landscaping, facilities maintenance, bathroom cleaning to managed competition," DeMaio said.

Frye says she's willing to look at every idea that helps the city get back on track financially, but has her doubts there won't be major cuts that affect quality of life. But if DeMaio's plan can really do that, "Well, I can't wait till Friday then. Hope springs eternal and I hope it does. And I hope that the plan he brings forward does work and does solve the problems and that it's reasonable and actually legal," she said.

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