Mayor Kevin Faulconer signs the San Diego city budget while council members and city officials look on. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Less than a day after the San Diego City Council’s approval, Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Tuesday signed a nearly $3 billion city budget that he described as conceived in a new “spirit of cooperation and optimism.”

The budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 adds 172 police officers and 90 firefighters, expands library hours and increases spending on street repairs and other infrastructure improvements.

Faulconer thanked the members of the council, who voted 8-1 in favor the the budget on Monday, with only Councilman David Alvarez rejecting it.

“I said on day one that we were writing a new chapter in San Diego,” he said. “That chapter officially begins today with a budget that ensures all residents have equal access to economic prosperity, quality city services and safe neighborhoods. There is something for every San Diegan and every neighborhood in this budget.”

Faulconer signed the budget on his 100th day in office with more than a dozen city officials standing behind him at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Prior to the signing, the department heads for fire rescue, libraries, parks and recreation, and police spoke about the budget and expressed their gratitude.

“Absolutely the best budget that I have seen as fire chief,” said Javier Mainar, who has headed the fire-rescue department since 2009.

He was echoed by Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, who said, “I am thankful and grateful for Mayor Faulconer’s budget.”

Alvarez, who ran against Faulconer in the recent election, said he voted against the budget because less than 2 percent of funding for capital projects was being directed to neighborhoods he represents, such as Barrio Logan and San Ysidro.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.