Keith Reid covered last night’s City Council budget study session, and right at the end the discussion turned to ShotSpotter, the gunfire detection system that was tested for the last nine months in a 2-square-mile area of the city.
A majority of the council wants to keep ShotSpotter at the expense of discretionary funds for each council member and additional staffing for the mayor’s office. Mayor Anthony Silva disagreed with the position taken by Elbert Holman, Dyane Burgos Medina, Kathy Miller, Michael Tubbs and Moses Zapien.
“To feel like you guys will basically stop the office of the mayor – and we’ve been getting along very well the last few months – I think that’s silly,” Silva told the council. “Understand what you’re saying. You’re approving a budget of $632 million, and trying to save $20,000 in each council district is silly.”
Here’s the story from today’s paper.