SAN FRANCISCO -San Diego independent budget analyst Andrea Tevlin said the City Council and Mayor Jerry Sanders need to address a long-term budget deficit and to avoid "a continual erosion" of city services.

"The city is facing a structural budget deficit - ongoing expenses cannot be supported by ongoing revenue," Tevlin said in a report on Sanders' 2008-2009 budget proposal. "Year-by-year budget balancing actions will not solve this problem in a way that is effective or well thought out."

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