Downey

Money for a city swimming pool was cut from the state budget last week in a veto by Gov. George Deukmejian.

Jim Jarrett, the city's director of community services, said the governor's veto of $500,000 was a "major setback" for the pool, which officials had considered building at Downey High School.

"We were looking at that $500,000 as seed money to get the pool started," Jarrett said, adding that cost of the project is estimated at more than $1 million.

The $500,000 appropriation for the pool was proposed by state Sen. Paul Carpenter (D-Cypress) and Assemblyman Wayne Grisham (R-Norwalk), but was cut as part of $501 million in vetoes the governor made in the $34.8 billion budget Friday.

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