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The city of San Diego’s 18-month countdown until its budget problems are vanquished sees City Council taking the lead next week. On the council’s agenda Monday is a set of principles developed by the Office of the Independent Budget Analyst to end the city’s persistent budget deficits. We described the analyst’s suggestions in this blog post.

The council will vote on making these principles its policies. What difference that might make remains to be seen. Mayor Jerry Sanders’ Office has said he needs to get the current year’s problems solved before he can work on longer-term issues. Each council member has put out his or her own ideas for ending the deficit, too. The trick, of course, is accomplishing the goals the city lays out for itself next week in time to have solutions for the problems it faces next year.

  • City Council agenda, Feb. 22, 2010
  • City Council supplemental agenda, Feb. 22, 2010
  • City Council agenda, Feb. 23, 2010

Note: Monday’s supplemental agenda is to institute a new curfew system for people under 18 years old. A new law is needed after a judge found the city’s prior ordinance unconstitutional.

What else is good to follow at the meetings? Questions? Comments? Derogatory remarks? Email me or tweet me.

— LIAM DILLON

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