This week, San Diego’s City Council will began debating streets, buildings and sidewalk spending in Mayor Bob Filner’s proposed budget.

The outlook isn’t encouraging. Filner wants to reduce planned repair funding and postpone a loan designed to further pay for fixes. He also didn’t include proposed evaluations of city facilities or sidewalks in his budget.

All of this threatens to worsen the city’s fundamental infrastructure problem: It doesn’t spend enough money each year to keep its streets, storm drains and buildings from getting worse.

When Councilman Mark Kersey, who heads the city’s infrastructure committee, and I appeared on NBC 7 San Diego’s “Politically Speaking” on Sunday we discussed how the slowing of street spending could affect the city’s ability to catch up years down the line. Kersey said his committee will push Filner to include more money for repairs and the building and sidewalk evaluations in the final budget for next year. Here’s the clip of our appearance:

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