Councilmembers Call for a More Equitable Budget

SAN DIEGO, CA (May 31, 2016) – San Diego City CouncilmembersDavid Alvarez, Myrtle Cole and Marti Emerald have released a JointBudget Priority Memo, urging the Mayor to prioritize the needs ofcommunities throughout San Diego.

 The Councilmembers are recommending prioritization of theSan Diego Police Department recruitment and retention reforms, an increase inprogramming for library budget funding and investment in parks in economicallydisadvantaged neighborhoods.

 Other funding priorities include:

•          Use of Redevelopment Property TaxTrust Fund (RPTTF) to ensure economic revilatilization and job creation

•          Comprehensivepolice performance measures

•          IncreasingPenny for the Arts funding

•          Streamliningpermit application processing times

•          HomelessOutreach Program Expansion

•          Implementationof Vision Zero Plan in high collision corridors

“We have the funds to invest in our forgotten communities,and need a budget that provides equity for all neighborhoods,” stated Alvarez.

 The City Council will be meeting on June 13 to vote on thefinal Fiscal Year 2017 budget modifications.

Councilmembers Call for a More Equitable Budget