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.
Strong and gusty Santa Ana winds, low humidity levels and high temperatures prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag fire warning Monday in San Diego County.
A man led police on a short car chase and barricaded himself in a Mission Bay motel before officers were able to arrest him Sunday.
Authorities were searching for a suspect on Sunday following an attempted sexual assault in Little Italy.
For years, there have been reports of Sears death spiraling toward the corporate graveyard alongside other popular brick-and-mortar retailers.
Temperatures Monday are warm, above average for the coast but below average at the desert. Santa Ana wind event will produce low humidity and gusty winds.
Bike riders, scooter users and pedestrians -- and bad drivers -- in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach will be targeted for safety enforcement by San Diego police Sunday.
Just a few days ago thunderstorms rolled through San Diego bringing measurable rain to the county for the first time in months. But things are about to change as strong Santa Anas are headed our way.
An overflowing sewage line in Del Mar prompted authorities to warn visitors to stay out of the water at a section of the city's shoreline Sunday.
Chase De Leo scored on the final shot of the shootout to give the San Diego Gulls a 6-5 victory over the Ontario Reign Saturday night in Ontario, their first win of the 2018-19 American Hockey League season.