Newsom Lowers the Budget Hammer

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is pushing for a spending plan that would try to bridge the city's budget deficit by cutting millions of dollars worth of city services.
In introducing a $6.6 billion budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year, the mayor Monday proposed eliminating about 1,600 jobs from the city's workforce and cutting millions of dollars worth of funding for mental health programs and services for drug and alcohol addictions.

The cuts would include the elimination of 918 positions that are currently vacant.

The mayor says no police officers, firefighters of teachers would lose their jobs, but overtime for police would be reduced.

Some of the proposed cuts are expected to be opposed by members of the Board of Supervisors.

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