San Diego, California
|San Diego, California|
|Last mayoral election:||2014|
|Next mayoral election:||2016|
|Last city council election:||2014|
|Next city council election:||2016|
|City council seats:||9|
|2014 FY Budget:||$2,800,000,000|
White Not-Hispanic 45.1%
African American 6.7%
Native American 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0.5%
Two or More 5.1%
|Median household income:||$63,990|
|High school graduation rate:||86.6%|
|College graduation rate:||41.4%|
|Related San Diego offices|
|California Congressional Delegation • California State Legislature • California state executive offices|
Office of the Mayor
|Current members, San Diego City Council|
San Diego's legislative body is the City Council, made up of nine members from nine council districts. The Council's duties include introducing and passing ordinances and appointing certain city officials. The City Council meets every Monday at 2:00 P.M. and every Tuesday at 10:00 A.M.
The adopted budget for fiscal year 2014 totals $2.8 billion, and includes infrastructure improvements, a new Computer Aided Dispatch System, police retention and additional hourly life guards.
The city's budget process operates by Fiscal Years running from July 1 to June 30 of the next year. The budget process begins with the council passing a Budget Priorities Resolution. Next, the Mayor, COO and CFO develop a budget proposal by working with city departments. The council then holds public budget hearings and committee meetings, while making amendments as necessary. The final budget is passed in June. The city is required by state law to maintain a balanced budget.
Office of the City Clerk
202 C Street, 2nd Floor
San Diego, CA 92101
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Office of the Mayor
202 C Street, 11th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101
The City of San Diego paid for $50,000 in federal lobbying in 2013. The city filed for one issue relating to Federal Budget & Appropriations, one issue relating to Taxes and one issue relating to Urban Development.
The City of San Diego has a PDF of all registered lobbyists available on the City Clerk's website.
San Diego has its own initiative process for charter amendments and ordinances determined by the city charter. There are no specific subject matter restrictions for petitions. Signature requirements are 3% of the registered voters of the city at the last general city election for presentation to the legislature and 10% for the ballot. Circulators must wait 21 days after publication of intention to circulate and must turn in petitions 180 days after said publication. Circulators may be either paid or volunteer, but they must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years of age. The city code determines the format of the petition. The pre-approval process includes registration and publication in a newspaper of the intention to circulate. If 3% sign, then the petition goes to the legislature for passage. If at least 10% sign, then it proceeds to the ballot. A simple majority determines the outcome of the election.
- See also: California public pensions
City employees can contribute to a Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP), which allows them to place city pensions into a special account with guaranteed interest during the last five years of employment. A recent report by CFFR revealed that the top ten pension pays will cost taxpayers $61 million. The report also showed that public officials in San Diego contribute only 8 percent to their pension plans, as opposed to the traditional 23 percent.
Another aspect of the pensions are sick day buyouts, with the highest one being $118,605. The benefit cost the city $2.5 million from 2007 to 2011. The city also awarded $73.5 million in pension bonuses from 1984 to 2011, with the highest payout being $$299,000.
Mayor Jerry Sanders proposed mandating that new employees be signed on to a 401k like pension instead of the previous city plan. The city proposed this to save costs as it faced a $72 million budget gap and $2.1 billion in unfunded pension liability. As a result of the budget gap, the city was forced to layoff 1,400 of its 11,000 employees.
A pension initiative was approved by two-thirds of voters on the June 2012 ballot to eliminate guaranteed pensions for most new city hires and give them a 401(k)-style plan instead. The measure imposed a six-year freeze on pay levels used to determine pension benefits unless a two-thirds majority of the City Council votes to override it. It also puts new hires, except for police officers, into 401(k)-style plans.
A Firefighter was awarded $424,000 in 2010 after winning a lawsuit that proved he was fired in retaliation for reporting corrupt behavior within the department. The fire fighter, Paul Vandeveld, was suspended after trying to stop harassment of a colleague who helped reveal the city's pension scandal.
Transparency and public records
In 2006, San Diego was sanctioned by the Securities and Exchange Commission for failing to alert investors about its pension and health plan obligations. Since then, the city has earned praise for its turnaround on transparency as it relates to the issuance of municipal bonds.
- See also: Evaluation of California city websites
|Transparency grading process|
- Elected officials
- Contact information is available for administrative staff.
- Planning information, including Official Zoning maps, is available through the Development Services Department. Specific zoning information is available on request.
- Information regarding current and past registered lobbyists, as well as lobbying requirements, is available.
- Public records
- Public Record Act request information is available.
- Membership and fees paid to any taxpayer funded lobbying associations is not disclosed.
- Official city website
- Office of the Mayor
- San Diego City Council
- San Diego Office of Budget and Management
- Forbes, "Richest Cities In The U.S.," October 28, 2005
- Forbes, "America's Safest Cities," October 11, 2010
- City of San Diego, "Office of the Mayor," accessed June 6, 2014
- City of San Antonio, "About Kevin," accessed June 6, 2014
- City of San Diego, "City Hall Index," accessed June 6, 2014
- City of San Diego, "A Citizen's Guide to the City's Budget Process & the FY 2014 Adopted Budget," accessed June 6, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of San Diego, CA," accessed June 6, 2014
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- Signon San Diego, "City pensions are higher with DROP," September 29, 2010
- CFFR, "10 former San Diego city employees will split $61 million in pensions," October 4, 2010
- Signons San Diego, "County payouts for sick leave: $2.5 million," February 15, 2011
- Sigon San Diego, "‘13th check’ pension payouts: $73 million," February 17, 2011
- Business Week, "San Diego's Tough-Love Pension Proposal," December 9, 2010
- San Diego Union Tribune, "Ballot measure aims to revamp pension system," March 24, 2011
- Rancho Bernardo Patch, "Pension Reform Measure Officially on June Ballot," January 30, 2012
- Sigon San Diego, "San Diego firefighter wins $424,000 from city in court," December 20, 2010
- San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego praised for transparency on muni bonds," March 29, 2011
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