Homeland Security officials dishing out grants to protect the nation’s urban areas from terrorists have allocated $7.9 million to the San Diego region, more than what was given to cities such as New Orleans, Indianapolis and Columbus, but less than was received by such areas as Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Louisville, Ky., and Omaha.

The allocations, which were announced today, immediately came under fire in New York City and Washington, D.C., where officials saw their allocations dip by 40 percent.

According to The New York Times, Homeland Security officials said that a more sophisticated grant evaluation process was responsible for the grant changes, as well as the fact that the grant pool had dropped by about $500 million from last year.

City of San Diego officials have been busy lobbying federal officials to boost their share of the pot.

ANDREW DONOHUE

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