SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A $5.35 billion proposed budget for the County of San Diego was presented to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday for the next fiscal year.
"I'm proud to say the budget is balanced, fiscally responsible and focused on continuous improvement and stewardship of public resources,'' Chief
Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer said.
While the total budget for fiscal year 2016-17 is 1.2 percent below the previous year, that number is deceiving because of a decline in spending for
the Health and Human Services Agency, resulting from an agreement that transfers collective bargaining responsibilities for In-Home Supportive
Services to the state, she said.
"County services are not being cut, in fact, quite the opposite,'' Robbins-Meyer said. "This year's budget targets the safety net for our most vulnerable populations.''
The Health and Human Services Agency is budgeted for an extra $88 million -- with more than half going to a planned expansion of contracted
community services and the rest for hiring 240 employees.
"We're enhancing support for individuals with mental illness and looking to provide stability for the homeless mentally ill,'' Robbins-Meyer
said. "We're increasing services for veterans and we're adding diversion programs to reduce the number of young people involved with the juvenile
justice system and helping victims of human trafficking.''
The budget blueprint includes spending boosts for most areas of county government to cover pay raises, higher retirement costs and additional
staffing. The county expects to boost employment to a total of 17,378 employees.
"It's really impressive to see the additional personnel that are coming in, particularly in the Health and Human Services Agency to further bolster a
lot of the programs and services we run,'' Supervisor Greg Cox said.
Spending on capital projects is set to drop by nearly half, or $67.5 million. County spending on infrastructure construction varies widely from year-
to-year, depending on where various projects are in the pipeline.
"I want to thank the staff for the great job,'' Supervisor Dave Roberts said. "I know how much work putting a budget together is and trying to have
competing priorities with scarce resources.''
The county uses a two-year budgeting procedure for its operational plan. Staff recommended a $5 billion spending plan for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
Public hearings on the spending plan are scheduled to begin June 13, with final budget deliberations by the board set for June 28.
A local war hero is about to be laid to rest. Retired Navy Captain James "Duffy" Hutton spent years of his service as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before he settled down here in San Diego.
Sunday marked day two of the government shutdown - and with the work week beginning Monday - thousands of employees may not go back to work.
Temperatures are expected to rise slightly on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, but will remain cooler than normal.
A motorcyclist was suspected of drunken driving after causing a late-night car crash in Pacific Beach, police said Sunday, and hours later, a second crash occurred in the intersection while police were still investigating.
The San Diego County Planning Commission voted 6-1 last week to recommend that the County’s Board of Supervisors approve the County’s revised Climate Action Plan, with some modifications.
John Coleman, a long-serving San Diego weatherman and founder of The Weather Channel, has died at the age of 83.
Several dogs were taken into the custody of San Diego County and put down, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.