Walter Mencken 11 a.m., Nov. 27
City Council Upset Over No-Show By County Supes
"Is anyone here from the County? Raise your hand...anyone."
That was the question from councilmember Carl DeMaio during a September 12 council meeting, after a presentation from CCDC's Jeff Graham on a 5-Year plan aimed at ending homelessness in Downtown San Diego. In recent months CCDC, with help from the Downtown San Diego Partnership, commissioned a survey that identified 1,040 homeless individuals living on downtown streets.
The goal of the plan if to bring more affordable housing units to the City and provide needed services for those on the street. Support from councilmembers was mixed with frustration over the county's lack of support.
"I think all taxpayers should be outraged at the Board of Supervisors. Not one county employee is down here today," added DeMaio.
And DeMaio wasn't the only councilmember disturbed at the absence of county support. Councilmembers Marti Emerald, Lorie Zapf, David Alvarez, and Council President Tony Young also shared some harsh words for county supervisors.
"This is just another example...where we step up and provide the resources," said Alvarez. "It sounds like [county officials] are not willing to listen to city leaders but perhaps they will listen to community leaders."
Councilmembers voted to accept the 5-year work plan. They also directed the city attorney to research ways to ensure that the county is using CCDC payments for social services, and not adding them to the general fund.
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