[Ed. – The activist phone calls to the council meeting probably had the opposite of the intended effect, clarifying how motivated those activists are to promote unrest and anger. If San Diego carries through wisely, it will be a strong contrast to the lunacy gripping Los Angeles and San Francisco.]
After 12 hours of speakers and debate, the City Council declined to reduce police funding. The council agreed to create a new city Office on Race and Equity, and it increased rent relief funding by nearly $5 million to $15.1 million.
The demands from the community came during a public hearing on the new city budget, which the council adopted in a 8-1 vote with Councilman Chris Ward voting “no.” …
The vast majority of the more than 400 callers into the council meeting — and the more than 4,000 people who sent emails — demanded the city reduce funding for police, echoing calls across the nation for cities to shift priorities in the wake of protests over police misconduct.
“De-fund this city-sanctioned militia that is terrorizing black people,” resident Breana Clark told the council. “We need resources in our communities, not these thugs wearing a badge. You have blood on your hands. …”
Some residents requested that the council reject Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s proposed plan to increase police funding by $27 million to $566 million.