SAN DIEGO, CA. After a two hour hearing, the San Diego City Council just voted 6 to 1 to keep the 7 libraries and 10 Rec Centers open. All were slated for closure in Mayor Jerry Sanders’ budget cut proposals. Councilmember Tony Young made the original motion to approve the Independent Budget Analyst’s recommendations, with Councilmember Scott Peters’ second.
Councilmember Madaffer voted against the motion while Councilmember Huesso was absent. After the vote, library activist Anna Daniels thanked the six Councilmembers that voted to keep the public facillities open: Peters, Faulconer, Atkins, Young, Maienschien, and Frye.
Now, the Mayor has the opportunity to veto the vote, but with the Council only needing 5 votes to override a Mayoral veto, the veto seems unlikely. “A bad day for the Mayor,” a City Hall insider told me.
This is definitely a victory for those who responded against Mayor Sanders’ original budget cut proposals announced on November 6th. It is a victory for all those signed petitions, rallied at local branches, and who emailed the Council and Mayor’s offices.
Go here for our earlier post on the Independent Budget Analyst’s recommendations.
CHECK OUT voiceofsandiego’s article here.
And here’s SignOnSanDiego’s article – our own Anna Daniels is quoted.