After dozens of hours of public testimony and collaborative deliberations by my council colleagues, the City Council approved a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2023. This budget includes critical, long-awaited investments in our City workforce, increasing salaries for our police officers, firefighters, and lifeguards; transitioning library staff from hourly to part-time benefitted positions; and adding over 100 new positions to park and recreation. This budget also fully funds six of my proposals: seven new full-time lifeguard positions; “Free4Me,” a free menstrual product pilot program; repaving Via Capri; repaving evaluation for Neptune Place; guardrail improvement along Torrey Pines Road; and Spindrift handrail installation.  

Thank you, Mayor Gloria and team, for proposing a thoughtful and balanced budget; Council President Sean Elo- Rivera and Budget Review Committee Chair Chris Cate for your leadership; my city council colleagues for your support and service; and to the many San Diegans and organizations who spoke, emailed, and called in during this year’s budget process.  

This budget is a reinvestment in San Diego and I am proud of how it serves all residents, both in District 1 and across our city. 

Yours truly,
Councilmember Joe LaCava
City of San Diego District 1