Editor: Councilman Kevin Faulconer has sent the OB Rag the following note to explain his position on the Mayor’s proposed cut-backs, including libraries, rec centers, and fire pits.
Frank asked me to put a few thoughts in writing so here I am. Please indulge me for a few moments.
Mayor Jerry Sanders recently released his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. His proposal contains good news – the fire engine brownouts are coming to an end. And bad news – cuts to libraries, rec centers and firepits. By the time the Mayor and the City Council finish deliberations this summer, I am confident you’re going to see a budget that preserves libraries, rec centers and firepits.
I am working with leaders from the tourism industry and the San Diego Foundation on short- and long-term funding plans for the firepits. Those details should be finalized in the next few weeks.
On a separate but equally important track, I am working to preserve our libraries and rec centers. I am exploring several options, and so are my City Council colleagues. Today, in fact, I sent a memo to the City’s COO inquiring about the installation of solar panels on city light poles, which could generate millions of dollars a year from the sale of clean energy to SDG&E.
Lastly, a lot of attention has focused lately on preserving redevelopment, but that does not mean we haven’t worked just as hard to protect our beaches, bays and neighborhoods, which is the subject of my latest column:
I hope all of you are well, and if you have any questions please email me firstname.lastname@example.org or call 619.236.6622.
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