Independent Budget Analyst Andrea Tevlin compared the staff and funding for San Diego’s City Attorney’s Office to other large California cities in anticipation of yesterday’s budget hearing.

Of the 10 largest cities in the state, six — Los Angeles, Sacramento Anaheim, Fresno, Santa Ana and San Diego — have city attorneys that oversee criminal and civil divisions.

Of those six, Tevlin found that the San Diego City Attorney’s Office had:

  • the most employees per 1,000 residents.
  • spent the second most per 1,000 residents (Los Angeles was the largest).
  • the most employees as a percentage of all city government employees.

At the hearing, Aguirre asked to add 25 positions to his department, claiming that 17 of those roster slots had always been part of the office but omitted from the budget because of bookkeeping problems.

The council is expected to resume deliberations over Aguirre’s budget May 16 or May 23.


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