Advisories, News Releases, and Statements
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26th: "After hearing from hundreds of District 6 residents with unexplainably high water bills, I look forward to the implementation of these audit recommendations. San Diego ratepayers deserve a department that can complete the simple task of sending accurate water bills. At the August 2nd Environment Committee meeting, I will be presenting a proposal to help rebuild San Diego’s trust in the water department by revamping its customer service operations, ensuring accurate meter readings, and adding new levels of financial accountability."
16th: "I am deeply disappointed in the proposal adopted by the Council relating to short-term rentals. After nearly four years of debate and discussion, a reasonable compromise was before us that would balance neighborhood protections with our thriving tourism economy. Instead, the Council chose a path that is not only unenforceable and subject to legal challenge, but would drive the activity underground, resulting in the loss in millions of dollars in revenue that funds public safety officers and the repairing of city streets.”
19th: "The County of San Diego has failed to provide adequate services that look after the welfare of animals. We have heard from several volunteers about the sub-par level of care. That is why we are in this position. I fully support having the San Diego Humane Society provide animal services for the City without any strings that would prevent them from adequately doing their job."
12th: "Last evening, I joined hundreds of District 6 residents to learn about a proposed development on 5858 Mt. Alifan Drive in Clairemont. Due to heavy interest of this project, the open house, hosted by Wakeland Housing Development/PATH, had to be rescheduled. Unfortunately, District 6 residents were not given the opportunity to have their concerns heard. After hearing from those in attendance, I, too, share in their concerns and have questions. While the Wakeland Housing Development/PATH project proposal has not been officially submitted to the City’s Development Services Department, I will ensure that during the development and submittal process, the developers be held accountable to work with the community of Clairemont. As the councilmember for District 6, I will continue to advocate on behalf of all neighborhoods. I will continue to monitor this situation closely and give regular updates to the community."
10th: “Over a decade of work by an unprecedented coalition culminated in today’s action. San Diego has taken another crucial step to becoming water independent while saving ratepayers billions of dollars. I look forward to the continued work to finish this project and to the day Pure Water is providing a benefit to residents and businesses across this region.”
15th: “More than 250 people attended my High Water Bill Forum this evening. Many of these residents had the opportunity to voice their frustration and speak to the Public Utilities Department customer service representatives regarding their abnormally high water bill. After hearing dozens of the same stories, I am not convinced that this is an isolated incident and truly hope the investigation is done quickly. I encourage anyone that has a question regarding their water bill to continue to contact my office and work with the water department to have their bills resolved.”
8th: “I appreciate the Public Utilities Department working swiftly to investigate the multitude of higher-than-normal water bills in my district,” said City Councilmember Chris Cate. “I will continue to work with the department to gather the pertinent information to ensure this is an isolated incident, and will be holding a public forum in my district to allow residents the opportunity to ask questions and get the answers they deserve.” View PUD's news release here.
7th: "I appreciate staff’s response to my January 30th memo relating to abnormally high water bills. However, there are still many unanswered questions. Though the Public Utilities Department will be releasing additional information by February 16th, I am asking the Public Utilities Department to release the following information: the aggregate number of customer water bills that have increased over the last two billing cycles; and the total number of customer complaints, including the nature of the complaints, filed since November 2017. I am requesting the aforementioned information to be broken out by citywide zip codes. In an effort of transparency and community engagement, I will also be working with the department to host a community forum on this topic so residents can be informed on all current information."
12th: “After nearly three years since my office provided its initial proposal on home sharing and short term rentals, today’s inaction by my Council colleagues proved that we cannot govern. Time and time again, the council has heavily relied on special interest and ballot initiatives to pass major public policy. Much has been said about dysfunctional D.C.-style politics, however it’s happening in our own backyard.”
1st: "Yesterday, I stood united with Recreation Councils across the City. In an action which would have erased nearly 40 years of history and volunteerism from our Recreation Councils, I asked my council colleagues to consider an alternative solution. I am pleased to report that due to the hard working volunteers of this City, we were successful in continuing the dialogue. The Council directed the item to be heard at the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee on December 6th. As the Chair of the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee, I strongly encourage each Recreation Council member to provide their input and suggestions on this important issue. I am proud to stand united with my District 6 Recreation Councils. Recreation Councils are a pillar of our neighborhoods and, as such, it is imperative we continue to work together towards a solution. I encourage you to contact your respective Councilmember, Park and Recreation staff, City Attorney's office, and the Mayor’s office to request an alternative proposal that will maintain the integrity of Recreation Councils."
23rd: “As Chair of Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee, recruiting and retaining police officers has been a top priority since I took office. This contract is an important step in addressing this ongoing crisis. That is why during this last budget cycle, I recommended that we begin the process of setting aside the necessary funds to invest in our police department. The residents of District 6 continue to advocate for dedicating the necessary resources for this new contract."
19th: "It should be very concerning to every San Diegan when our local government starts blacklisting businesses or individuals with whom we have political disagreements. That is un-American, un-welcoming, and not representative of San Diego. We can have disagreements on the wisdom of a border wall, however, these businesses are doing nothing illegal and we should not punish them for the policies of the Federal Government."
11th: "While I support the allowance of marijuana production facilities to create a legal marijuana supply chain in the City of San Diego, I opposed today's action at City Council because it fell severely short of ensuring public safety and put an unreasonable burden on specific neighborhoods. The motion passed today lacked a specific cap on the number of marijuana production facilities allowed in each Council District which will cause an oversaturation of operations in District 6. In addition, City Council also failed to adopt many of my proposals relating to public safety safeguards that are currently best practices adopted by cities throughout the country. As Chair of Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee, my top priority will always be to ensure marijuana production facilities are well-regulated and operating in a manner that promotes public safety. The policy that was passed today was rushed and did not allow for a thorough discussion that could have led to a better policy for the City of San Diego.”
2nd: "The City Council has well established its support for the promotion of cross-border trade as a backbone to the economic strength of this region. That is why the City Council has previously unanimously supported immigration reform, strong border security, and a legislative platform for which we pay lobbyists in Sacramento and D.C. to advocate on our behalf, all of which I have voted in favor. I do not believe there is a one-size-fits-all solution to how we ensure a safe and secure border and not supportive of the comprehensive border wall proposal. It is clear Congress has not listened to previous efforts and there is no reason to expect this resolution will provide a different outcome. In addition, this resolution asks the City of San Diego to punish businesses for conducting work on a project, due to political differences. I will never support government scrutinizing businesses for political gain. Lastly, I made my position known how I will view resolutions dealing with federal matters: For those reasons, I voted no."
24th: "Today’s action by the Council was a step in the right direction to solve San Diego’s ongoing housing crisis. I support action to streamline the development of housing units, lower fees associated with housing, and provide incentives to create housing affordability in the region. I am however deeply disappointed with the Council’s decision to toss in amendments for a minimum night stay as it relates to companion units rather than include this as part of a comprehensive review of a short term rental proposal this fall. It is unfortunate that members of the council decided to be political and jeopardize a solution that keeps housing affordable in San Diego."
20th: "I am pleased that my council colleagues supported dedicating, with honors, Castleton Drive (between Mount Abernathy Avenue and Clayford Street) as “Mark Hamill Drive.” Today’s council action allows the City of San Diego Streets Division to begin designing and creating the Honorary Mark Hamill Drive signs. We are hopeful we can continue to work with Mr. Hamill, to install, dedicate, and unveil Mark Hamill Drive at a later date at the corner of Castleton Drive and Mount Abernathy Avenue."
19th: “I am disappointed with the Council’s decision not to support a public vote for this November. With no possibility of holding a special election, I voted to support placing the SoccerCity initiative on the 2018 general election ballot. I hope during this time both sides present their ideas to voters throughout the City, and Major League Soccer (MLS) holds off on removing San Diego from consideration for an expansion franchise. It’s been made clear during this process that San Diegans would embrace MLS with excitement and open arms.”
5th: “I supported this budget because it reflects many of the priorities District 6 families believe are most important to them. The budget funds our public safety officers, and prioritizes funding for our City's infrastructure. Furthermore, it is time the City address its police retention and recruitment crisis, which is why I will be advocating for an increase to the police officer salaries next year.”
“It is unfortunate the adoption of a $3 billion dollar budget was overshadowed by the rhetoric surrounding a proposal that has yet to receive a full public vetting before the City Council. I believe it would have been prudent to set aside the funding for a special election today, and deliberate about the merits of a November special election at a future date. That is why I support the Mayor’s decision to use his veto power, and restore special election funding, so we may have a full discussion in the coming weeks.”
21st: “I am very disappointed with my council colleagues to deny San Diego voters the opportunity to vote on election rules for school board members that would bring consistency with the way we elect other local public officials. It is further troublesome considering the same colleagues supported a similar measure just six months ago. Given the recent climate of San Diego Unified School District, it is unfortunate that this Council did not see the need to ensure school board members are held accountable to the majority of the people they represent.”
21st: “I am in the process of reviewing the over 300 pages of the initiative. Like I have stated before I am excited about the prospect of an entertainment district in Mission Valley, which includes constructing a new stadium to house a Major League Soccer franchise and San Diego State University football. I appreciate the ownership’s willingness to bring all the stakeholders together, and look forward to reviewing this comprehensive plan to ensure it meets the needs of the City which includes no general fund taxpayer subsidy to build the stadium, the development of a river park, and available for a potential NFL team to relocate.”
10th: “If the residents of Clairemont wish to collect the required amount of signatures and proceed with changing their street name from Charger Boulevard to honor Mark Hamill, they have my full-fledged support.” #MayTheForceBeWithYou (video)
31st: “My vote to approve legal cannabis retail dispensaries complies with the will of the voters and the intent of proposition 64. To ensure public safety I am committed to working with the City Attorney’s office and the Police Department to increase enforcement and expedite the closure of illegal marijuana operations. I look forward to docketing a proposal at the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee that creates the additional tools needed to reign in illegal operators in our neighborhoods.”
25th: “San Diego’s Sixth District is home to many immigrant families, including a fast-growing Muslim population, many of which have immigrated to San Diego for an opportunity to a better life and to pursue the American Dream. Halting the legal immigration process, as outlined in President Trump's Executive Order, will further divide families that still have relatives in these countries. San Diego has always been known as a place of inclusion, and I do not believe this Executive Order represents our region or the need to move toward a safe and expeditious legal immigration process.”
24th: “This is a great time for San Diego. I am excited with the ownership group proposing to build an entertainment district in Mission Valley, which includes constructing a new stadium to house a Major League Soccer franchise and San Diego State University football. I am pleased the ownership group has been willing to listen to feedback from the community, and have proactively reached out to the public to ensure they are good partners in this project. I am looking forward to reviewing their comprehensive plan which appears to meet numerous needs of the City, while not requiring taxpayer dollars. From developing a river park to housing, this can truly be a diverse project all San Diegans can be proud of.”
12th: “I do not find the Chargers announcement to relocate to Los Angeles surprising. It became apparent in 2015 that the Chargers preferred Los Angeles, as they continued to show an unwillingness to negotiate a potential stadium deal here in San Diego, and with their recent action to execute a lease for a new headquarters and practice facility outside of the City. I accept the Chargers decision and understand that they believed this action was the best financial decision for their business. This will no doubt be a difficult time for lifelong Charger fans. My focus will now turn to finding a long term vision for the Mission Valley site that will be in the best interest of San Diegans.”
17th: “I believe that banning short-term vacation rentals in single family residential zones will not solve the problem raised by Preserve Our Communities. I concur that any short-term vacation rental proposal adopted should include strong enforcement. I proposed a balanced solution that preserves the quality of life in neighborhoods while protecting our innovative and sharing economy."
19th: “I do not support a plastic bag ban. A public vote for the statewide ban of plastic bags is slated for November of this year, and we should respect the process. The citywide proposal is a heavy-handed mandate dovetailed with an unnecessary tax. Instead, we should be focusing on education and incentive-based programs that focus on education and the reduction of illegal littering. That is why I support the Surfrider’s ocean-friendly restaurant program which encourages restaurants to institute self-regulated ocean friendly policies that reduce disposable plastic waste.”
24th: "My office has been working with the San Diego Police Department, the City of San Diego’s Code Enforcement Division, and the City Attorney’s office since January 2015 to secure an abatement and cleanup of the property on Belgian Street. While it is an unfortunate situation, I am certain that the community is pleased that this issue is on the path to resolution. I would like to thank the neighbors for their compassion, patience, and understanding during this lengthy process.”
28th: “I join Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer in opposition to SANDAG’s $18 billion dollar sales tax measure. This mega-tax will have a negative impact on hard-working families that are already over-taxed and struggling to makes ends meet. I do not support billions of public dollars going to bureaucracies that have fleeced taxpayers in the past, while not addressing the true issue at hand: traffic congestion.”
30th: “Since I have entered office, I have remained relatively silent regarding the Chargers stadium discussion waiting for an official plan supported by the organization. Counting on a significant tax increase to fund the construction of this plan, while also reducing marketing and promotional investments, will affect our ability to compete with other markets for tourists and conventions. Realistically, as the third largest source of revenue for our City, any potential negative impact to this funding source, no matter how minimal, could impact our ability to pay for police services or pave our streets. Each dollar not invested toward promoting San Diego places our city at a competitive disadvantage with cities like Los Angeles and Las Vegas. While the Chargers are asking a large portion of the funding come from taxpayers, the true investment from the Chargers toward construction appears to be actually minimal at best as they may be able to raise as much as $300 million from personal seat licenses, naming rights, and other football related revenue. I will take the time to further review the proposal and determine its potential impact to City of San Diego taxpayers. Taxpayers deserve a real solution that will not place revenues we need to provide services at risk.”
17th: “My office has been working with the San Diego Police Department, the City of San Diego’s Code Enforcement Division, and the City Attorney’s office since January 2015 to secure an abatement and cleanup of the property on Belgian Street. The City Attorney’s office has now confirmed a scheduled court hearing date set for April 5th at 8:30 a.m. at the Hall of Justice, Department 67, before Judge Sturgeon. This case will move forward, and there is a full record of the inspections of the property made, dating back several years. City staff have made numerous attempts to contact the resident, and the attempts have failed. The City is seeking legal remedies, which includes the complete cleanup of the property. I would like to thank the neighbors that have waited patiently for this case to be resolved. I would encourage all residents to continue to be patient as the legal process moves forward, and if there are any questions, please direct the questions to Luis Pallera in my office. He can be reached at (619) 533-6462 or at [email protected]”
11th: "As an advocate and proponent of Proposition B, I commend my council colleagues for spearheading an appeal of the Public Employment Relations Board decision to rescind a voter-approved pension reform measure in a court of law. After failed attempts in court to prevent voters from voting on this measure, nearly two-thirds of voters overwhelmingly supported this reform that will save San Diegans nearly one billion dollars.”
7th: “Hillary Clinton's recent interest in the AAPI community is only indicative of her passing interests in communities that can serve her greater political agenda. As a member of the fastest growing demographic in the State, it takes more than a two-day trip to learn and understand our vast and diverse set of concerns. We need a candidate that supports us as entrepreneurs, advocates for us as small business owners and champions quality education for our children. Hillary's policies have led to higher taxes, impeding regulations, increased costs for our small businesses, and a reduction in the conditions of our educational system.”
30th: “As an advocate and proponent of Proposition B, I will be strongly supporting an appeal of the Public Employment Relations Board decision to rescind a voter-approved pension reform measure in a court of law. After three failed attempts in court to prevent voters from voting on this measure, nearly two-thirds of voters overwhelmingly supported this reform that will save San Diegans nearly one billion dollars.”
17th: “Today, I voted to support San Diego’s continued investment in the development of its own locally controlled water supply, as well as the investments necessary to improve our water infrastructure. I wholeheartedly applaud all San Diegans who have made sacrifices to meet the unprecedented action by Governor Brown to mandate reductions in water use. Today’s action includes my proposal to review reforms to our water rate structure that will promote conservation while protecting ratepayers, especially if Governor Brown continues this reduction mandate. I look forward to presenting these options to ratepayers and the City Council no later than June of 2017."
6th: “I strongly oppose any plan that includes the relocation of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the brig at MCAS Miramar. It is imperative the City of San Diego denounces any potential transfer to MCAS Miramar just as other states, including Colorado, Kansas and South Carolina, have done. I believe that relocation of these detainees poses a serious threat to both the local military and civilians in San Diego. That is why I am asking my colleagues to call on the President and Congress to remove MCAS Miramar from any list or proposal for the relocation of these detainees.”
3rd: “Today, San Francisco voters have made a bold statement on behalf of the innovation and sharing economy. With the defeat of Proposition F, voters clearly recognize that severely limiting the rights of residents to participate in short term rentals are not the answer. I will continue to advocate for a balanced approach that will make San Diego a model city for short term rental policy throughout the country.”
22nd: “I believe over regulation of short term vacation rentals will not solve the crux of the problem and force individuals to go underground, just as we’ve seen in other cities, furthering complicating any enforcement the City can do. Instead, my proposal calls for an amendment to this year’s budget asking for approximately $255,000 be allocated for three (3) additional Police Investigative Service Officers (PISO), or PISO, to specifically address and take complaints related to short-term vacation rentals. I am calling for a one-year pilot program to determine the success of this program and allow for us as a Council to make amendments if necessary. My proposal is a balanced approach that will ensure we protect neighborhood character and quality of life while also finding solutions that adapt to the new sharing and innovative economy. San Diego is experiencing record hotel occupancy rates and increases in Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) receipts. It is imperative we allow those individuals, family members, or even foreign exchange students, the opportunity to enjoy all neighborhoods within America's Finest City.”
15th: “The current water billing system is flawed. The existing method used to charge ratepayers neither rewards customers for reducing water usage, nor is a reliable and sustainable system for our City's Public Utilities Department. Today's hearing is the first step in having the discussion to explore all options to revise this system. I proposed that we review an alternative rate structure; one that does not penalize ratepayers for heeding the call of conservation, but one that rewards their efforts. We need a system that incentivizes those that have gone to great lengths to reduce their water use, as opposed to increasing rates each year. My proposal asks that this study and the resulting options and impacts be completed and presented to the City Council by June 2017. At that time, we will receive input from residents and then consideration by the City Council for implementation.”
5th: “Despite today's action, I have serious concerns with the recommended proposed rate increase and the impact it will have on San Diego families. While I support the investment in local and reliable water supply sources, the people of San Diego have made significant efforts to conserve water during this difficult time of prolonged drought, using 24 percent less in June of 2015 compared to the same month in 2013. The current method used to set our water rates neither rewards customers for reduced water usage nor is it a reliable and sustainable system for our City’s Public Utilities Department. We need to have a robust discussion and explore all options to revise this system to continue to promote conservation while protecting ratepayers.”
14th: “Today’s action signifies another key milestone in continuing the process of keeping the Chargers in San Diego. Regardless of the Chargers, an environmental impact report is inevitable in order for the City to complete any type of future stadium development at the Mission Valley site. While I am supportive of today’s item, I have concerns regarding the possibility of using taxpayer dollars to fund a special election for this specific issue and using additional General Fund dollars for further expenditures pertaining to a new Chargers Stadium.”
18th: “Mr. Fabiani’s comments regarding Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer are neither accurate nor conducive to finding a viable solution for a new stadium. It has become abundantly clear that the Chargers’ first priority is relocation to Los Angeles. I have stated my wish to review a proposal developed by both sides that is then vetted by the public. It is clear Mr. Fabiani does not share this goal. Mayor Faulconer and his team are more than willing to discuss solutions in the face of Mr. Fabiani’s continued criticism, public doubt, and lack of cooperation.”
8th: “Today I proudly voted yes to approve the Fiscal Year 2016 budget, a commitment from our City for safer and revitalized neighborhoods. I applaud Mayor Faulconer, City staff and my council colleagues for supporting a budget that will increase library and recreation center hours, improve our City's infrastructure, hire public safety officials, fund community plan updates and boost services city-wide. I look forward to future discussions of using additional one-time resources to establish a Pension Stabilization Trust and fund other reserves that are vital in ensuring the City’s financial health for the future.”
1st: “It has been brought to my attention that the Clairemont monument sign on Balboa Avenue has been destroyed due to a motor vehicle accident that occurred earlier last month. This community marker is a meaningful and vital asset that contributes to the overall identity and symbolic sense of community to all Clairemont residents. My office is working with city staff to identify a variety of options to replace the sign in an expedient manner. I will keep the community updated as we navigate through the process and look forward to having the community sign replaced for all to enjoy.”
18th: “At first glance, the proposed financing plan appears to be a responsible proposal that minimizes the risk of city taxpayers. I appreciate the Citizens’ Stadium Advisory Group’s time and energy spent on exploring a wide variety of possible financing options for a new multi-purpose stadium in Mission Valley. I look forward to the next steps and learning additional details about the specifics of the plan. I am encouraged with the continued momentum San Diego has built and remain optimistic that there is a clear pathway to keeping the Chargers here in San Diego."
6th: "During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we have the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the diverse traditions and backgrounds of our Asian Pacific American neighbors and friends. Through the City of San Diego’s Community Projects, Program & Services (CPPS) program, I am pleased to support UPAC with $10,000 in City of San Diego funding for the High-Risk Asian Pacific Islander Mentorship Program. Organizations such as UPAC contribute greatly to the fabric of San Diego.”
28th: "I applaud the Mayor for meeting with Governor Brown to advocate for funding for the Pure Water San Diego program. As Vice Chair of the Committee on the Environment and as strong supporter of this project for nearly a decade, I believe it is incumbent upon our local, state and federal legislators to ensure its expedited completion. This project deserves special consideration for both federal and state funding. Once it is online, it will provide up to one-third of locally-controlled, sustainable water supply for San Diego."
6th: “One of my priorities prior to entering office was to create good paying jobs for all San Diegans. I am excited that AT&T is providing job opportunities for San Diegans by expanding their local presence. AT&T’s growth here is a great a example of San Diego’s dynamic, innovative and growing economy. ”
16th: “My goal is for the City of San Diego to provide clarity and support the evolving innovative economy, which includes defining short-term vacation rentals. These sharing-type platforms allow for everyone to enjoy San Diego’s diverse and vibrant neighborhoods. I appreciate Short Term Rental Advocacy Center’s support for my proposal and I look forward to working with all stakeholders to ensure San Diego is an environment that promotes economic growth while balancing the quality of life in our communities.”
23rd: “Mixed-use projects, such as One Paseo, represent the future of San Diego housing needs. Due to San Diego expecting an estimated increase of nearly one million residents over the next 40 years, we need to think how to wisely promote and adopt housing solutions. I support this project and the City staff’s recommendations to approve it. I also support the use of new and innovative technology, which has already proven successful in other parts of the City to reduce traffic wait times. The One Paseo project has worked to meet the 11 conditions that the Planning Commission has set forth. One Paseo will help improve the quality of life for San Diegans and help bolster our local economy. For these reasons, I support One Paseo.”
18th: “I am truly saddened to hear about the tragic events over the past week involving three university students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the families, friends and communities affected by this tragedy. I personally condemn any violence or prejudice directed against any faith-based community. The sixth district is home to a large and vibrant Muslim American population that I am honored to represent. Any violence (or threat of violence) directed toward the Muslim American community is of great concern for me and law enforcement in the City of San Diego. I look forward to further engaging the great San Diego community to help us move to become one San Diego community.”
30th: “Mayor Faulconer presented a diverse team of individuals with educational and financial knowledge which spans across the public and private sectors. I am optimistic that the nine-member task force will be vigilant toward taxpayers’ dollars when providing the thorough analysis for a stadium. I look forward to seeing the proposal at the year’s end and working with all of the regional stakeholders to move this project forward. I applaud the mayor for assembling the group and bringing closure to a discussion that started more than a decade ago.”
14th: “Mayor Faulconer presented a bold agenda and vision for the future of San Diego. I applaud his commitment to restore our City streets by doubling the miles of road repair over the next six years. I look forward to working with my council colleagues and Mayor Faulconer to address the police recruitment and retention crisis, strengthen San Diego’s economy and increase the level of city services. I share in his plan’s goal to create opportunity for all neighborhoods and to be one San Diego.”