As expected, Mayor Jerry Sanders today vetoed the 24 percent pay increase the City Council awarded itself earlier this week.

Here’s his statement:

Just like families all over San Diego are doing, city government needs to tighten its financial belt and be extremely disciplined about our expenditures. We simply can’t afford this pay increase at a time when there are so many other pressing demands for taxpayer funds.

It doesn’t look like the City Council will override the veto. Council members Scott Peters and Ben Hueso said yesterday that they would no longer support the increase in the face of boisterous criticism. Peters, Hueso and Council members Tony Young, Toni Atkins and Jim Madaffer supported the pay increase, which also included a 29 percent bump for the mayor.


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