In his annual “State of the City” address last week, Mayor Kevin Faulconer painted a generally rosy picture.
I have a different point of view.
Make no mistake, San Diego is a wonderful city with tremendous potential to be bold and innovative. But past mayors and city councilmembers have either misunderstood or ignored the seriousness of the City’s structural challenges, and they have not told the public the truth.
The City is facing a deficit next year because city taxpayers are paying off the unfunded pension liability, created by former city officials. In addition, we have no overall plan for the city’s future facility needs. And then there’s homelessness.
The Mayor continues to pour millions into temporary shelters that have demonstrably failed to transition homeless people into permanent housing, and our city still lacks a comprehensive plan for addressing this serious problem.
The Mayor is focused on downtown issues, but fails to recognize that what makes San Diego livable is its neighborhoods. Making downtown strong and self-supportive is critical. But downtown should be generating benefits for the neighborhoods, not the other way around. Every neighborhood is unique.
Some are underserved by basic city services. Some fear that the canyons and parks and local businesses that define them will be crushed by short-sighted development. Others benefit from parks and other amenities, but carry a heavy burden of special taxes and fees.
My support for SDSU West is a great example of my commitment to meeting regional needs while protecting our neighborhoods. The communities in and around Mission Valley would have been overwhelmed by traffic generated by SoccerCity.
In contrast, SDSU West embraces a new vision of transit and ride-sharing opportunities that promise more livable residential neighborhoods and first-class city amenities like a river park, recreation fields and interconnected walking trails.
I seek to become your Mayor because, in my time as a Councilmember, I’ve seen that the City is in desperate need of competent, experienced and professional management.
Please join me in putting an end to politics-as-usual at City Hall. The Mayor needs to be focused on addressing these challenges and restoring trust and respect for city government.
This will be a tough battle.
Candidate for Mayor of San Diego