SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Mayor Kevin Faulconer signed a $3.4 billion budget on Tuesday for the city of San Diego's upcoming fiscal year that emphasizes road
repairs and infrastructure.
The spending plan, passed unanimously by the City Council on Monday, also includes more funding for recruiting and retaining police officers,
dispatchers, firefighters and lifeguards; adds hours at some recreation centers; and boosts support for arts and culture programs.
The budget contains funding to add a second weekly trash pickup during the summer in Mission Beach to address an annual fly infestation, and $1.5
million to fix up the dilapidated former Navy Hospital Library building and $1.35 million to repair the Botanical Building, both in Balboa Park.
"With the City Council's approval of my third budget, we're continuing to make significant investments in San Diego's neighborhoods and building a
better future for all residents,'' Faulconer said."And, for the second year in a row, the City Council took the rare step of unanimously approving my
budget proposal with minor amendments that I will support.''
The mayor signed the document at the construction site of the $13 million Skyline Hills Library project, which will become the first new branch
library in San Diego since 2009 when it opens this fall. The budget also includes funds to operate the 15,000-square-foot facility.
"Every community deserves to have the basic necessities to help people thrive,'' said Councilwoman Myrtle Cole, who represents the area. "This budget
helps to achieve that goal.''
In a ceremony at the Veterans Museum in Balboa Park, people paid homage to those who lost their lives in service to our great nation.
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.
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.
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.