Kevin L. Faulconer became the 36th mayor of San Diego on March 3, 2014, on a campaign message of bringing San Diego together and restoring integrity to City Hall.
Shortly after taking office, Faulconer began implementing his "One San Diego" vision, creating an inclusive city government that creates opportunities for San Diegans delivers results for neighborhoods.
In his first "One San Diego" budget, Faulconer directed 50 percent of all new major revenue toward neighborhood improvements like street repairs, sidewalks and streetlights. He targeted the City's pothole problem by doubling the amount of asphalt repair done annually. He increased the hours at libraries and recreation centers to their highest level in a decade and created an afterschool program for students in areas with the lowest test scores. He installed a firefighter "Fast Response Squad" in Encanto and an additional ambulance unit in South Bay to significantly improve emergency response times.
Faulconer has also made significant changes to bring transparency and efficiency to City government. He appointed Shelley Zimmerman, the first female police chief in San Diego history, to change the culture in the San Diego Police Department. Working with labor unions, he created an incentive program called San Diego Works that rewards employees for money-saving ideas that improve City operations. He also kicked off a major overhaul of the City's website that will make it more user-friendly and seeks to employ local San Diego tech companies to do the work.
In addition, Faulconer has strengthened binational relations with Mexican leaders; increased funding for homeless services with a renewed focus on programs that provide services to end homelessness; and bolstered the innovation economy by inking an economic development package that ensures "the world's smartest company," Illumina, will continue to thrive and grow in San Diego.
Faulconer previously served as the District 2 City Councilmember for eight years, including as Council President Pro Tem. As chair of the Council's Audit Committee, he worked to restore the City's credit rating and repair its credibility with investors following a pension scandal.
Faulconer has a track record of delivering results for San Diego. In 2008, he took a lead role in drafting and supporting Proposition C, which passed with 67 percent of the vote. The measure ensured money generated in Mission Bay Park is invested there and at other City parks.
Faulconer also campaigned in 2008 for the alcohol-free beaches and bays, a measure also supported by voters. In 2010, he helped lead the campaign against Proposition D, a sales-tax increase overwhelmingly rejected by voters. In 2012, he helped craft a successful pension reform initiative that is projected to save San Diego taxpayers nearly $1 billion over 30 years.
Prior to his election to the City Council, Faulconer worked in public affairs for more than a decade and was vice president of a leading firm where he managed complex projects within strict budgetary guidelines.
Faulconer graduated in 1990 from San Diego State University. He and his wife, Katherine, a small business owner, live in Point Loma with their children, Jack and Lauren.