Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego - Today Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer marked his 100th day in office by signing his One San Diego budget, which focuses on rebuilding the City and restoring neighborhood services, at the same location where he was sworn in as San Diego's 36th mayor.
"I said on Day One that we were writing a new chapter in San Diego, a chapter written by and for the people of San Diego," Faulconer said. "That chapter officially begins today with a budget that ensures all residents have equal access to economic prosperity, quality City services and safe neighborhoods. There is something for every San Diegan and every neighborhood in this budget."
Faulconer was joined by community leaders and City employees for the budget-signing ceremony at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. On March 3, Faulconer took the oath of office at the Jacobs Center and pledged a neighborhoods first emphasis that includes investments in public safety, infrastructure and services.
"We hit the ground running to put that promise into action by aggressively funding infrastructure and neighborhood repairs throughout the City, especially in neighborhoods that needed them the most," Faulconer said.
The budget highlights include investing more than 50 percent of major General Fund revenue growth in infrastructure and neighborhood repairs; doubling the amount of pothole repairs annually; increasing library hours to their highest level in a decade; creating an after-school program for children in communities working to increase student performance; recruiting more police officers and firefighters than in any year in recent history; and significant funding for new fire stations and park improvements.
In addition, Faulconer appointed the Shelley Zimmerman as the first female chief in San Diego Police Department history; renegotiated the City's contract with its ambulance provider to significantly improve emergency response times in South Bay neighborhoods; eliminated a proposal to delete City emails that were more than a year old; shifted a larger share of federal grant money toward neighborhood improvements; strengthened economic ties with Mexico; and focused homeless spending on wrap-around services that will help people get off the street and into housing.
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