SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A $2.7 billion spending plan for San Diego municipal government for the fiscal year beginning July 1 was adopted by the City Council Monday on a 7-1 vote.
The budget's $1.15 billion general fund increases library and recreation center hours, adds police and fire academies, and funding for arts and culture programs.
The additions were made possible when financial staff estimated the present fiscal year would end with a surplus of around $17.8 million. Last week, branch libraries opened on Mondays for the first time in five years.
"Our city has done something very remarkable. We came together to fix problems that were decades in the making," said Councilwoman Sherri Lightener.
However, a 6 percent salary cut imposed on employees several years ago still remains in effect.
"Despite having restored some critical services our citizens demand and expect, I don't want to lose sight of the fact that this was not possible without the sacrifices of our city employees," said Councilman Todd Gloria.
Councilman Carl DeMaio acknowledged the progress that's been made, including the restoration of library and parks and recreation center hours a bonus program for city lifeguards and the restoration of graffiti removal positions.
However, DeMaio cast the dissenting vote, stating he "will not support a budget that is not truly balanced, a budget that intentionally runs an infrastructure deficit and a budget that fails to provide the types of services neighborhoods need, particularly public safety programs and after school programs."
Authorities Friday released the name of a lawman who opened fire on an assault suspect who allegedly charged him with a machete over his head in a busy intersection near Grossmont Center mall.
A soldier from the San Diego area died as a result of a "non-combat related" incident in Kosovo, the Department of Defense said Friday.
Law enforcement agencies across San Diego County are planning to crack down on drunken driving over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.
A two vehicle crash left one person critically injured Friday in Emerald Hills, according to authorities.
Some of the smartest high school students in San Diego County will be in Atlanta this weekend competing in the National Quiz Bowl Championship.
Californians Aware, a statewide group that advocates for government transparency, Friday expressed concern over a soon-to-take- effect San Diego Unified School District policy to delete most emails after one year.
Millions of Southern Californians will be taking to the roads and airways Friday as the Memorial Day travel crunch goes into high gear, and the large crowds will likely test the patience of motorists and airline passengers.
Several good Samaritans, including a grandmother, disregarded their own safety today when they helped subdue and disarm a knife- waving man who attacked the driver of a bus full of schoolchildren in a rural neighborhood in southeastern San Diego County.
An animal known as the San Quintin Kangaroo rat and native to Baja California is back from the brink of extinction.