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San Diego community and youth leaders sound off on mayor’s proposed budget over increased police funding

CPI’s Researcher and Policy Advocate, Keara Piña, and Organizer, jean-huy Tran, tell CBS 8 that funds allocated to the police in the Mayor’s proposed budget need to be diverted to other community programs: 

Mayor Gloria's budget is disappointing, and it seems to represent a desire to remain politically neutral rather than serve community needs. Even with the new leadership, the police budget continues to grow, now, reaching an increase of over $205 million for over the past 10 years.

Keara Piña via CBS 8

We've seen this kind of budget before, we've seen it last year, and the year before that, and the year before that. The mayor can do better than this, and our community deserves better.

jean-huy Tran via CBS 8

Several Community Budget Alliance members are also quoted, including: 

This budget is not enough. Do not give us crumbs and then insult us by calling it justice. We don't have enough money for more parks, but there is enough money to police the parks.

Cris Sotomayor, Mid-City CAN

One thing that hasn't been increased, is the funding in the communities that are most impacted by police violence.

Malcolme Morgan, Pillars of the Community

Our children and youth deserve to be prioritized and not by one time programming but in the long run.

Warsan Artan, Youth Will
Written by CPI San Diego