Economy Sends Chill Down City Spine

By Susan Taylor
|  Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009  |  Updated 8:16 AM PDT
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Economy Sends Chill Down City Spine

Salary cuts that were negotiated or imposed on city workers could save San Diego hundreds of millions of dollars, San Diego's mayor claims.

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The economy is forcing a hiring freeze in the city of San Diego, including police and fire departments.

The city's chief operating officer says the freeze will take effect immediately. It's an effort to deal with  budget shortfall next fiscal year that's expected to exceed $100-million thanks to the city's pension benefits debacle.

Any police or fire academies now under way will be completed and those officers and firefighters hired, but all future academies are canceled for now.

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