Neighborhood Advocacy and Quality of Life
Neighborhood Parking Protection & Public Safety Ordinance
Kevin has worked hard to remove abandoned trailers, motorhomes and big rigs from our public streets. Many illegally parked oversized vehicles take away valuable parking spaces, reduce visibility, and are the source of illegally dumped materials that pollute our beaches and oceans. In 2012, Kevin introduced the Neighborhood Parking Protection and Public Safety Ordinance to permanently address this issue, and it was approved by Council in 2013.
Repairing the Historic Sea Wall
The 88-year-old seawall is cracking and crumbling, leaving beach businesses and homes at risk of flooding and damage during storms and sea surges. For years, Kevin has been working to find a way to repair the boardwalk and beach seawall without overburdening local taxpayers. The City will fully replace the oldest part of the Mission Beach boardwalk and seawall with a $700,000 state grant that I pursued and obtained. This grant fully funds the City's $2.4 million project to replace a severely damaged portion of the seawall. When work begins next year, this construction project will provide jobs for working families and improve a beloved San Diego icon -- all while promoting tourism, one of our cleanest industries.
Ocean Beach Comfort Station
Kevin worked closely with the community to bring permanent restrooms and showers to Ocean Beach after the original comfort station - estimated to be approximately 50-years-old - was closed to the public in July 2009 due to health and safety concerns, and demolished soon after. Kevin worked with community leaders and City officials to replace the previous restrooms with a new facility that incorporated the distinctive character of Ocean Beach. The new, custom-built facility features three showers, six toilets, bike racks, locally-designed architecture and a ceiling covered in O.B.-inspired art.
Save the Fire Pits
During the toughest budget times, the fire pits that the line San Diego shoreline were threatened with closure because the City could no longer afford the maintenance costs. To prevent the fire pits from being permanently removed from the beaches, Kevin worked to identify private sector sponsors to save the fire pits and protect this iconic part of San Diego culture.