Councilmember Mark Kersey (District 5)
One of the City's primary responsibilities is to protect the life and property of our citizens. In order to fulfill this role, the City must attract and retain high-caliber personnel, provide our first responders with the equipment they need, address challenges creatively, and prepare for disaster before it strikes.
Both San Diego's Fire-Rescue and Police Departments are understaffed resulting in delayed emergency response times and required overtime for some officers/fire fighters. Mark believes it is critical to work with the departments to delve into the causes of the recruitment and retention challenge and implement cost-effective strategies to address the situation.
The 2003 Cedar Fire and 2007 Witch Creek Fire, two of the largest fires in California history, both significantly affected communities in District Five. Mark believes the City needs to focus heavily on emergency preparedness. In 2013, he led the discussion of an update to the City's Emergency Operations Plan and called for a full review the City's disaster preparedness strategy and identification of outstanding gaps. He also believes it is imperative to explore how the City can use technology to enhance our response to disasters. Mark has partnered with the American Red Cross' Prepare San Diego effort to get one million San Diegans prepared for an emergency over the next five years.
Councilman Kersey helped increase police presence in District Five when he opened a new police storefront in Rancho Bernardo. He also helped fund new life saving AED technology for every single patrol car in the district.