Public Safety a Phantom Issue in Mayor’s Race
Voice of San Diego - 10/23/2012
Public safety makes up more than half the city’s day-to-day budget, but the mayoral candidates aren’t talking much about it. Instead, the candidates are focusing on issues, such as economic development and education, where they will have less control.
Even though public safety comprises a significant chunk of municipal budgets nationwide, San Diego isn’t alone among big cities in seeing its political importance wane, said Jack Levin, a criminology professor at Northeastern University in Massachusetts.