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DeMaio: Shelving Downtown Library Will Save $63M in General Fund

Monday, October 19, 2009
posted by Erica Mendelson

Councilmember Carl DeMaio released a memo today showing the major impact the new Downtown Library project will have on the city’s General Fund which faces a staggering $200 million deficit.

Read the memo here.

From the SDUT PolBlog:

By shelving a new downtown library, the city could save as much as $63 million over the next five years, according to a fiscal analysis by City Councilman Carl DeMaio.

DeMaio, who is opposed to the project, issued a memo Monday to his council colleagues and Mayor Jerry Sanders that outlines how much the city would save if it abandons the project.


San Diego, DeMaio, Frye begin long climb out of massive budget hole

Thursday, October 15, 2009
posted by Erica Mendelson

As the City of San Diego confronts a staggering $200 Million-plus budget deficit, Councilmembers Carl DeMaio and Donna Frye have teamed up to propose a process to analyze and negotiate significant reforms in pension benefits that have been awarded to city employees over the years and are now contributing to the city’s financial problems.

Below is a great editorial by Michael Rosen  detailing the deficit and the bipartisan plan to begin the reform process.

San Diegans have known for years that our city is in trouble, but the extent of that trouble came sharply into focus days ago with the release of the latest alarming budget deficit numbers.

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DeMaio Releases Budget Forecast

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
posted by Erica Mendelson
Councilmember Carl DeMaio released a budget forecast showing that the city cannot balance its budget even if it closed all libraries, eliminated all park and recreation programs, and imposed a Trash Tax of $60 million annually.
At the City Council’s special meeting on the budget crisis today, DeMaio provided a powerpoint presentation depicting additional liabilities not included in the city’s official budget forecast, and projecting the impact of tax increases and various service cuts.
DeMaio’s forecast shows that the pension payment and retiree health care costs are the biggest contributors to the city’s budget deficit.
“There is no tax increase big enough and there are no neighborhood service cuts deep enough to solve the city’s financial problems.   What’s worse, city residents should not have to see tax increases and deep service cuts if the city reformed its unsustainable spending practices.  The numbers are clear: pension benefits and retiree healthcare costs are the cause of the deficit. City leaders must reform the unsustainable pension benefits and retiree healthcare benefits if we are to restore the city’s financial health without deep service cuts,” DeMaio commented.
An expanded powerpoint presentation is posted at and will be used to brief the public at DeMaio’s upcoming “Town Halls on City Finances” that are designed to educate and engage the public on the city’s financial problems and seek their input on possible solutions.  The first Town Hall is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14th at 6pm at the Scripps Ranch Library.

City Reveals $180M Deficit – DeMaio To Convene Series of Town Halls

Thursday, October 1, 2009
posted by Erica Mendelson

Today the City disclosed a budget deficit of $180 million — confirming concerns that the city’s financial problems are worsening.

Councilmember DeMaio believes it is imperative that we educate and engage the public on the city’s financial problems — and seek their ideas on solutions. That’s why he’s convening an eight-week long series of “Town Halls on City Finances.” (See release below)

We’re ready to go on a “fiscal reality road show” around the city seeking public engagement and ideas for solutions.

In Wake of $180 Million Budget Deficit, DeMaio Launches Series of Public “Town Halls” on City Finances
Forums to Offer the Public a Candid Look at City’s Finances


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