SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A plan that clarifies the budgetary responsibilities of the mayor and City Council in the middle of the fiscal year will be considered at a special evening council meeting Monday.
City Charter amendments passed by voters a few years ago to establish the current form of government failed to clearly define the authority for making changes to the budget in mid-stream in case of significant changes to anticipated revenues or expenditures.
The proposed correction calls for the mayor to alert council members to such differences anytime after six months of actual data has been collected, most likely by February. The mayor will include a recommendation for action and a budget amendment resolution.
The City Council could then approve or modify the mayor's proposal, entirely or in part, as long as general fund spending is not increased by $5 million or more than 50 percent of a surplus.
The mayor would also have to notify council members in writing before making any significant reductions to services.
Council members have chafed under their limited budget authority in the current "strong mayor" form of government, and object to being unable to take part in mid-year adjustments.
A woman was transported to the hospital Sunday after being bitten by a rattlesnake on the cliffs above Torrey Pines State Beach, according to a spokesperson for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
There was a special reunion in La Jolla on Sunday with surf dog Ricochet jumping on a surfboard with quadriplegic surfer Patrick Ivison. Ivison surfed with Ricochet 10 years ago and they got to chance the ride the waves together once again.
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On Saturday, the community of Alpine turned out to help the victims of the devastating West Fire. Dozens packed the Alpine Community Center for a special fundraiser hosted by News 8’s Shawn Styles.
A suspected drunken motorist in a Mercedes Benz on Sunday suffered "numerous serious facial injuries" in the Skyline community of San Diego when he crashed his vehicle into a house, which sustained minor damage, a police officer said.
Military officials on Saturday identified the San Diego- based Marine at the center of a search in the seas southeast of the Philippines that was called off earlier this week.
As the heatwave continues to torment people, shockingly high electricity bills seem to be an added annoyance this summer.