What a Federal Government Shut Down Will Mean for San Diego

by on November 11, 2023 · 7 comments

in California, San Diego

Originally posted on 9/29/23. But now the government will shut down on Friday, Nov. 17

The federal government will shut down Sunday at 12:01 a.m. if lawmakers do not act.

What will it mean for San Diego County?

  • Most federal employees would be immediately furloughed without pay.
  • the shutdown could hit 64,000 civilian workers
  • it will affect the roughly 115,000 military personnel in San Diego County
  • Nearly 380,000 people received food assistance in the county in September.
  • 19,000 Border Patrol agents will go unpaid and thousands more field operations officers won’t be able to collect a paycheck
  • This could also affect TSA workers and the San Diego airport;
  • A shutdown would also affect national parks, potentially the closures of Cabrillo National Monument or Joshua Tree National Park,

With nearly 200,000 people not being paid within the County, the ripple effect could be tremendous. All the markets, gas stations, restaurants and other stores and businesses that live off the incomes of their customers could take hits.

What about rents and mortgages? Insurance payments?

According to San Diego Axios:

Among the five congressional districts that include San Diego County, along with portions of neighboring counties, the shutdown could hit 64,000 civilian workers, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Federal workers constitute 3.6% of the metro region’s civilian workforce. There are roughly 115,000 military personnel in San Diego County, according to the San Diego Military Advisory Council’s latest economic impact report.

Those workers have always collected back pay after the government reopens, but that doesn’t stop the immediate effects of going without a paycheck, particularly if the shutdown stretches.

Plus in California:

A shutdown could mean the 142,000 federal civilian employees in California, more than any other state, will be furloughed or required to work without pay.

California is also home to 163,000 active duty military personnel who could be forced to work without pay.
972,418 families in the state who receive federal food assistance could see lost or reduced benefits.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Gil Field September 29, 2023 at 8:16 pm

Way to go, GOP.


Sam September 29, 2023 at 10:36 pm

So much winning going on!


Tessa September 30, 2023 at 5:36 am

Washington, D.C. = grandstanding all around, masquerading as government.


Chris November 11, 2023 at 3:42 pm

“Most federal employees would be immediately furloughed without pay.”

I’ve been through a few of these. After the shutdown ends, we always get payed for the times we weren’t working. The fed workers who really get screwed are the essentials. They still have to show up while in a non pay status tho like us they get payed after the shutdown.


retired botanist November 12, 2023 at 2:47 pm

And just in case you don’t have your finger on the pulse in swamp Washington while we face yet another shut down and, at best, an umpteenth CR that allows us to limp along for another some-odd months, here’s what Congress is REALLY working on:
Now a debate on MTG’s proposal to impeach Mayorkas for his (non)performance on the border issue…
More on the Biden impeachment as the committee takes more (useless) testimony from Weiss…
And the new Speaker (loser Johnson)’s statement that he “puts politics over people”, as leader of ‘the people’s house’…
And a proposal to defund Kamela Harris’ office…
But hey, with less than a week to go, and NO plan to fund the Govt, THIS is what our elected officials are busy ‘working” on. Strap in, its going to be a dismal week ahead as Congress spends and spins your hard earned tax dollar. :-(


Frank Gormlie November 13, 2023 at 10:19 am

Hey, impeaching Biden is way more important.


retired botanist November 13, 2023 at 3:56 pm

yeah, Frank, until today, when SCROTUS published their “new, improved” Code of Ethics! For a blistering read on elitist bullsh**, check it out. Not that I was swithering on my views of increasing the # on the Supreme Court, and insisting on term limits, but this word salad of weasel is truly offensive and takes the cake. One doesn’t even have to be a lawyer to get this gist! https://wapo.st/3SWCk1R


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