Supervisor Daly wants to cut SF police and firefighter positions

June 14, 2010 10:29:47 AM PDT
A fight is brewing at San Francisco City Hall over a very controversial plan for balancing the budget. One supervisor is calling for major cuts in the police and fire departments to save money.

According to the San Francisco Examiner, Supervisor Chris Daly wants to cut hundreds of police and firefighter positions to deal with the city's half billion dollar budget deficit. The plan Daly is proposing would save about $20 million this fiscal year which ends June 30th.

Mayor Gavin Newsom says he will fight this proposal every step of the way. A spokesman for the mayor calls the idea "irresponsible." The firefighters' union is also opposed to the idea.

"I think they need to cut back on city spending from inside instead of the firefighters and police. I don't know how they are going to put out fires and protect the public," said Kevin Ganley who works in San Francisco.

Chris Daly has called the idea "radical" himself.


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