Council watch

Included in City Manager Sheryl Sculley's proposed FY 2013 budget presentation before Council last week was a plan to cut 102 non-uniformed positions (meaning not police or firefighters), about half of which are currently vacant — those other employees would be shifted to other departments. Scully's $2.3 billion budget also includes a provision to adopt a "consumer driven health plan" for civilian employees, which, with extremely low premiums and a steep deductible, would shift more health care costs from the city to employees. Scully says the plan should save the city $2 million annually.

Catch one of the city's scheduled public meetings on the budget (all start at 6:30 p.m.), or go to to read through the whole proposal:
Monday August 20 at Parkhills Baptist Church, 17747 San Pedro
Tuesday August 21, at TriPoint YMCA, 3233 N St. Marys
Wednesday August 22, Senior Center District 5, 2701 S Presa
Thursday August 23, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 1314 Fair
Thursday August 23, St. Paul's Community Center, 1201 Donaldson