June 5, 2017 (San Diego) The San Diego City Council has removed $5 million from the budget that would have been slated for a special election. With this, they tip their hand of what they intend to do on the 12th and 19th when the Convention Center and Soccer City are up for a vote.
This decision is subject to a mayoral veto, however, the vote was an 8-1, which is above the number of Council Members required to overturn a veto. This would be a supermajority of council members. The only vote against removing the funds was that of Scott Sherman, (D-7.)
Mayor Faulconer intends to veto the decision. In a statement released he stated:
Mayor Faulconer Releases Statement on City Council’s Budget Vote
Monday, June 5, 2017 – NEWS RELEASE
San Diego – Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today released the following statement in response to the City Council’s decision to remove funding for a November 2017 special election from the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget:
“A City Council majority is supporting the unprecedented step of blocking a public election by stripping funding from the budget. This short-sighted move results in denying the public a vote and getting nothing accomplished for our city.
The City Council majority wants to make San Diegans wait for more road repairs, wait to address the homeless crisis, wait to bring back tourism jobs, and jeopardize a chance to get a major league sports franchise.
I intend to use my veto authority to restore the special election funding, while still retaining the added funding for our police, so the City Council can take an up-or-down vote on these urgent ballot measures.
The City Council should not ignore these time-sensitive issues – and give San Diegans the opportunity to vote this year.”
The City Council voted to approve the overall $3.6 billion budget, but four Councilmembers – Chris Cate, Mark Kersey, Scott Sherman and Lorie Zapf – expressed their strong support for funding the special election. The City Charter requires a supermajority of the City Council – six of nine votes – to override a mayoral veto.
Council member Barbra Bry released the following on Twitter: