At a city council meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Jean Quan presented her $2 billion budget, where she said public safety is her number one issue. Jean Quan reports.
At a city council meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Jean Quan presented her $2 billion budget, where she said public safety is her number one issue.
Her proposal would pay for an additional 64 full-time police officers, but trigger cuts in other areas, such as senior programs, recreational centers and low-income housing. She also wants workers to contribute more to their health care and pensions.
Some union leaders are saying it's a dangerous plan. They disagree with her strategy and accounting.
Jeff Haymon, a crime lab technician, a critic of Quan's plan, says the city can get more officers on the street and save millions of dollars by replacing sworn officers with civilians in dozens of jobs.
As negotiations proceed, union leaders are promising a budget battle.
"The position we are in right now, we're gonna get your attention one way or another," Haymon said.