The Issue

San Diego County turned down federal stimulus money to create jobs for out-of-work, low-income residents this year.

What it Means

The county was one of a few statewide not to take advantage of the program, which has been lauded on both sides of the aisle around the country for directly creating jobs and infusing money into local, struggling economies.

The Bigger Picture

By not taking advantage of the funds, San Diego County refused a potential reprieve for its swelling welfare rolls and 10 percent unemployment rate. Supervisor Ron Roberts said the program should not have been rejected without consideration by the Board of Supervisors.

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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