Mayor Jerry Sanders on Dec. 5 chronicled what he considered to be his major achievements of the past 12 months, along with the challenges that remain “in order to bring meaningful and permanent reform to City Hall.”
Calling his reform efforts “a work in progress,” Sanders said, “I am grateful that we have been able to accomplish so much with the support of San Diegans. But I also realize that we have years of hard work before us.”
Among his accomplishments, Sanders noted his five-year financial plan designed to address the ailing pension and other long-term liabilities; trimming of the city payroll; and the release of the Kroll Report on city finances, its remediation measures adopted, and the start of their implementation.
Also on the list, “substantial progress” on the long-overdue financial audits; the completion of the Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into city finances; and voter approval of managed competition for city services, as well as voters calling for a say over pension benefit increases; and $100 million deposited into the pension system.
Sanders also mentioned the reorganization of the city’s real estate assets department; completion of the outside audits of water/wastewater funds; the creation of a police recruitment and retention plan, along with significant funding increases made to public safety equipment and technology; and the formation of the city’s first commission on gang prevention and intervention.
, Pat Broderick