City Council Must Hold The Line on Recreational Marijuana Sales

What’s wrong with this picture: The San Diego City Council advances an ordinance guiding the roll-out of recreational marijuana sales in the face of a staffing crisis within the San Diego Police Department.

The police officer shortage has been a pivotal topic of the City Council’s recent budget deliberations. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the department had 205 vacancies — 1,834 officers filling 2,039 budgeted slots – as of May 30. That’s an increase from 170 vacancies last October.

The officer shortage is expected to grow even worse: Applications are down 36 percent over the last two years, and close to 600 of the department’s 1,834 officers are eligible to retire in the next five years.

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