San Jose's mayor is calling a proposed ballot measure "a horrible mistake."
The plan would have given much of the city's budget to the San Jose Police Department. The city council rejected a plan by council member Pierluigi Oliverio to increase spending for the department from 30 to 40 percent of the budget.
Oliverio argued public safety should have a guaranteed share to nearly half of the city's budget.
But Mayor Chuck Reed and the council disagreed and said they would have to close libraries and community centers in exchange for that big of a piece of the pie.