What San Diego gets from the state budget

The San Diego Symphony, the clean-up efforts at Chollas Creek, the restoration of murals at Chicano Park, and the UCSD Hillcrest Medical Center are all expected to receive funding from the state budget. / Photos by Adriana Heldiz, Jamie Scott Lytle and courtesy of the San Diego Symphony

The state budget deadline has passed and Gov. Gavin Newsom has even signed a budget, but he and lawmakers are still working out many details. Many of these will be finalized in so-called budget bills approved later this year.

Here’s what San Diego is expected to get out of the budget so far.

First of all, a detour: about these reductions in enrollment at UCSD …

This week the two Union-Tribune and KPBS explored the impact of mandatory out-of-state enrollment cuts on the University of California, San Diego.

There is one small problem: the budget does not actually impose any reduction in out-of-state enrollment at UCSD. Again.

For months, lawmakers have expressed plans to limit enrollment of students outside of California at its top three schools at UC, UC Berkeley, UCLA and UCSD. Since foreign students pay higher tuition fees, they planned to fill the funding gap of these three schools by paying them the difference. But when it’s all said and done, as CALmatters first reported, they didn’t, in fact: “The $ 149 million to fund an additional 15,000 seats in 2022-2023 for California residents of UC and CSU?” Not a dollar … None of this money will be available unless lawmakers and the governor agree to fund it next year.

Here is the language of higher education budget end bill:

(a) It is the intention of the legislature that the regents of the University of California adopt a policy that limits the share of non-resident students on each campus to no more than 18% of campus undergraduate enrollment. .

(b) It is the intention of the Legislature that each campus that reduces the number of non-resident enrollments in accordance with subsection (a) enroll a similar number of undergraduate resident students.

(c) The Legislature intends to provide annual appropriations to assist the University of California in progressively progressing towards the realization of this policy at the University of California at Berkeley, at the University of California at Los Angeles and at the University of California, San Diego Campus.

I asked several different stakeholders if this meant the out-of-state listing cuts were set in stone. A spokeswoman for Assembly budget chairman Phil Ting said the cuts were definitely underway.

“UC’s non-resident enrollment reduction plan begins in fall 2022 – beyond what the current budget covers. Thus, the first tranche of the buyback plan (giving the three CUs public funding to compensate for the loss of education of non-residents) will appear in the governor’s budget proposal of January 2022, ”Nanette Miranda wrote in an email. .

A spokesperson for the UCSD, however, was not so definitive: “Please contact the legislative leaders about their proposal, as they are in the best position to explain its nuances,” wrote Laura Margoni. “UC San Diego continues to assess the potential impacts.”

Go to what Is in the budget …

Quadruple funding for city prosecutor restrictive gun violence training

City prosecutor Mara Elliott has garnered a lot of attention nationally for her aggressive use of gun violence prohibition orders to seize guns from people who could pose a danger to themselves and for the others.

Along with the acclaim, the state dramatically increased funding for Elliott’s office to continue training their peers in the use of the controls. The training program for others started with a budget of $ 50,000. In 2019, the office received a much higher amount of $ 250,000. This year, the state is giving away $ 1 million to Elliott’s office.

Elliott spokesperson Hilary Nemchik did not respond directly when asked if the number of trainings the office provides quadrupled with funding, but said there was still a lot of work to be done. She also said the funding would cover them for three fiscal years.

“Since 2018, we’ve trained nearly 500 agencies across California, primarily police departments, sheriff’s offices, city attorney’s offices, and school and university district police. Some have since requested refresher training, in part because of staff turnover, ”Nemchik wrote in an email. “In addition, law enforcement agencies frequently contact the city prosecutor’s gun violence response unit for advice on difficult GVRO cases.

Scripps Bluff Collapse Research is a start

As my colleague MacKenzie Elmer detailed in April, researchers at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography believe they’re on a system that could detect when ocean cliffs are about to collapse, hopefully avoiding them. The devastating deaths and injuries that these incidents have caused in recent years.

The budget comes with the $ 2.5 million in funding that Scripps hoped to receive to further study the system.

More San Diego Articles – From Symphony to Chicano Park

Here are some of the other San Diego-specific projects funded by the state budget proposal. (Note: I chose to highlight specific projects in San Diego; the budget also provides money for some projects in other cities in the county, like La Mesa.)

  • $ 2 million to fund menstrual hygiene products for people served by the Jacobs and Cushman Food Bank in San Diego and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
  • $ 30 million in one-time funding to support UC San Diego Hillcrest Medical Center
  • $ 823,000 to the City of San Diego for the Woodman Street Footpath, the Reo Drive lampposts, the 54th Street Footpath, the Rolando Park V-Calming devices
  • $ 3 million to City of San Diego for Murphy Canyon child care service
  • $ 8.4 million to the city of San Diego for the renovation of the Ocean Beach Pier
  • $ 100,000 to the City of San Diego for the management of the Mission Trails Regional Park trail network and youth camp programs
  • $ 424,000 to City of San Diego for Chollas Lake Electrical Upgrades
  • $ 3.1 million to the City of San Diego for the Southcrest Green Infrastructure Project, which will treat stormwater runoff entering Chollas Creek
  • $ 18 million to the San Diego Water Authority for the San Vicente pumping station
  • $ 2.5 million to the city of San Diego for the renovation of the Billie Jean King tennis court
  • $ 3.7 million to the City of San Diego for the renovation of the Casa del Prado building
  • $ 300,000 to the City of San Diego for improvements to the Ed Brown Center
  • $ 3 million for San Diego Symphony capital improvements
  • $ 100,000 to San Diego County for senior patrol equipment for retired volunteers
  • $ 300,000 to the City of San Diego for senior patrol equipment for retired volunteers.
  • $ 2.5 million for the restoration of a mural at the Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center in San Diego
  • $ 1.4 million for the Jewish Family Service of San Diego for a Universal Basic Income pilot project in San Diego
  • $ 100,000 for the San Diego Food Bank
  • $ 500,000 to feed the San Diego food bank
  • $ 35 million for UCSD Scripps reserve vessel
  • $ 15 million to Scripps Institution of Oceanography for ALERTWildfire Fire camera mapping system
  • $ 7.5 million to the Arts Council for the Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center in San Diego

AG wants to add housing status to police efforts to shut down data

Attorney General Rob Bonta’s office is proposing changes to data collected under a state law intended to document and address racial profiling, including whether those interacting with police may be homeless.

The State Identity and Racial Profiling Act 2015, drafted by Secretary of State Shirley Weber when she was a member of the Assembly, broadened the definition of racial profiling to include cases where people are arrested disproportionately or treated differently by police based on their status, among other changes. The law instructed the state attorney general‘s office to issue regulations to implement the data collection mandate.

Now the state’s Justice Department is seeking comments on potential changes, including a proposal for police to document whether an arrested person is “perceived to be out of housing.”

In one document Outlining its rationale for the proposed adjustments, the state agency wrote that the argument that police record the housing status of those they interact with reflects increased police enforcement affecting homeless Californians in the country. over the past decade, researchers’ recommendations and the fact that people of color, people with disabilities, the LGBT community, and women and families fleeing domestic violence are disproportionately susceptible to homelessness.

“The addition of this new data element is necessary so that the board (Advisory on Racial and Identity Profiling) can more easily track and analyze the interactions of officers with those perceived to be homeless and, in turn, fulfilling its function of “detailed findings on the past and present status of racial and identity profiling,” the Justice Department wrote.

If passed, the additional data could shed light on the reality behind a concern reported by San Diego Police Captain Jeff Jordon in response to several local analyzes showing that black people in San Diego are more likely to be arrested by police. Jordan argued that the realities that blacks are disproportionately represented in the homeless population and that the homeless are more likely to interact with police could affect the findings of the studies.

The public comment period on the proposed regulatory changes began on Friday and is expected to end on September 3. Public hearings are scheduled for August 20 and September 1.

Lisa Halverstadt

Golden State News


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