Most new members of the San Diego City Council sided with the four continuing members to give final approval to a compromise deal worked out last week to address the city’s $43 million midyear budget gap.

The vote was 7-1, with new Councilman Carl DeMaio dissenting because of the use of one-time funds to bridge the gap.

The cuts approved include most of those proposed by Sanders, but not the shuttering of libraries and recreation centers. Sanders had previously vetoed the action because the council had added the preservation of several community service centers and three painters, which were not in the council’s previous action.

However, Sanders’ office came to a compromise with Councilwoman Donna Frye that involved gradually closing the community centers and rehiring the painters in January. The old council gave their unanimous approval to that deal on Friday, but a second vote was needed today.

— RANI GUPTA

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