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San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria presents a revised 2025 budget plan

City of San Diego has one more month before the final 2025 budget will be voted on
Posted at 7:45 AM, May 14, 2024
and last updated 2024-05-14 14:16:19-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Mayor Todd Gloria released a revised version of his 2025 budget for the City of San Diego, upping the budget for services that initially were going to take a hit.

The revised budget increased spending for the San Diego Housing Commission to address homelessness. Mayor Gloria said he was able to do this through state funding and by asking the commission to tap into its reserves and backfill funding.

That means that under this revised budget, the city will be able to continue offering the services it already provides while also continuing work on the Safe Sleeping Site at the H-barracks and continuing working towards the proposed mega shelter off of Vine and Kettner.

The news is something that Father Joe's Villages is happy about because when the first draft of the budget was released in April, they said the hit to funding would mean cutting services at the Neil Good Day Center.

At the time, CEO deacon Jim Vargas said that would mean not staying open 7 days a week.

"With this additional funding, we'll be able to keep the status quo. We'll be able to be open 7 days a week. We'll be able to offer showers each and every single one of those days and mail service as well. I mean, these are critical services that are offered at the day center," said Vargas.

The revised budget plan reflects changes to those previous concerns, avoiding major shutdowns to public places like fire stations, libraries and recreation centers, which were not in last month's draft.

Gloria said his plan also prioritizes the programs his administration has worked on for the last three years, addressing homelessness, housing, safety, roads, and stormwater drains.

The City Council will vote on the final draft in June.