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Following other council members and the Mayor’s Office, Councilman Tony Young, as chairman of the City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee, will hold a series of public meetings called “San Diego Speaks” for citizen input on next year’s $179 million budget deficit. Young also held the series last year.

In other budget news, Council President Ben Hueso has asked to hold a second meeting in December so that the city can make budget decisions before the end of the year.

Mayor Jerry Sanders spoke at this morning’s Budget and Finance Committee hearing and said if the city can make decisions before the end of the calendar year it could save $59 million in cuts it wouldn’t have to make.

Here’s an updated calendar tying together all these budget events:

Oct. 28San Diego Speaks6 p.m.Golden Hill Elementary
Nov. 19San Diego Speaks6 p.m.DePortola Middle School
Nov. 21San Diego Speaks9 a.m.Hoover High School
Nov. 24Mayor’s Office releases budget reductions report
Dec. 2Presentation of reductions report to Council Budget and Finance CommitteeTBDCity Hall
Dec. 7Presentation of reductions report to City Council2 p.m.City Hall
Dec. 9San Diego Speaks6 p.m.Joe and Vi Jacobs Center
Dec. 14Special City Council Meeting on budget reductions2 p.m.City Hall
— LIAM DILLON

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