Mayor Todd Gloria released him revised budget proposal on Tuesday after hearings on the city council budget and public contributions.
Here are some of the changes Gloria outlined through projected increases in tax revenues and increases in funds not previously spent on the U.S. Rescue Plan Act:
- $ 547,000 and three new positions for the city attorney’s office to support a unit aimed at accommodating homeless residents who cannot take care of themselves, treatment and housing. That’s $ 47,000 more than that asked city council members Marnie von Wilpert and Jen Campbell for this purpose.
- $ 331,000 to support the hiring of the city’s first General Department of Behavior to help city paramedics serve residents with mental health needs.
- $ 200,000 for a so-called pilot safe camping program for vulnerable homeless seniors that comes with business and service management “in partnership with private resources and the San Diego County”. Lawyers were calling the city use this approach for months and explored potential sites. The Housing Commission recently said it is also considering the concept.
- $ 5.4 million to rent out and improve more facilities to “expand the shelter for non-congregational people” for the homeless.
- $ 4.1 million to increase police overtime.
- $ 1.5 million and 16 equivalent full-time positions to support a second shift of public restrooms and garbage collection in city parks plus $ 388,000 for security in parks and restrooms. We wrote a lot about city public toilet problems.
- $ 725,000 for a consultant to analyze the needs of downtown offices, continuing efforts this is already happening as the city also weighs its future at 101 Ash St. and the Civic Center Plaza.
- $ 500,000 to hire a consultant assist the city in negotiating the development and lease of the Sports Arena.
- $ 528,000 to hire five rescue sergeants to “support the Boating Safety Unit and Northern Area Night Operations Personnel.”
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