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San Diego County to hire hundreds of new workers

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego County plans to hire 590 additional workers during the next 12 months, primarily to staff two expanded detention centers and undergo a transition from the Healthy Families program to Medi-Cal, the state health-care system for the poor that’s administered by counties.

Money for the new hires is included in the county government’s proposed $4.97 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The first hearing on the budget, which calls for an overall increase of 2.5 percent from the current year, will take place at 9 a.m. Monday.

“It’s a relatively flat budget with a lot of internal transitions tied to state mandates,” said Don Steuer, the county’s chief operating officer and assistant chief administrator. “We are in a good position as we continue to weather the economic recovery.”

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