From the Reporter
The Issue
Public safety makes up more than half the city’s day-to-day budget, but the mayoral candidates aren’t talking much about it. Instead, the candidates are focusing on issues, such as economic development and education, where they will have less control.
Why You Should Care
San Diego might have a low crime rate, but it still has major public safety issues. The next mayor will have to address police misconduct and favoritism charges, a new top cop and low police and fire staffing, among other matters.
What the Candidates Want to Do
Bob Filner has more in-depth public safety ideas, including endorsing the Police Department’s five-year plan to hire 150 additional cops and improve fire response times. Carl DeMaio has backed the police five-year plan, but has said little else.

Sara Libby was VOSD’s managing editor until 2021. She oversaw VOSD’s newsroom and content.

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