Faulconer: Streets, Infrastructure, Public Safety Top Neighborhood Priorities

Mayor Previews Infrastructure Reforms as City Begins to Develop 2015-2016 Budget

San Diego, CA - Today Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer shared the following message with the public as his administration begins to develop the City of San Diego Fiscal Year 2016 budget, which will be released no later than April 15.

"I would like to thank San Diego residents, families, small businesses and members of the City Council, all of whom have been sharing with me their funding priorities for the upcoming year.

Last year's inaugural One San Diego budget used reforms and efficiencies to bring measurable and positive change to communities across San Diego. This year I will continue to prioritize funding for services that improve the lives of residents in all of our neighborhoods, particularly those that have a history of being underserved. I will focus on providing more competitive pay to help stem the tide of officers leaving the San Diego Police Department and improving emergency response times in communities that need the most help. I want to specifically applaud Councilmembers for joining me in support of directing more resources toward repairing our streets, bridges, parks and other public assets.

San Diegans cannot wait any longer for the neighborhood repairs they deserve. As my administration prepares to increase funding for our streets and neighborhoods this year, we must reform how City departments prioritize, build and repair our infrastructure. As I said earlier this month at the State of the City address, there are tens of millions of taxpayer dollars currently languishing in accounts for projects that are years away from being built. Reprioritizing this money toward shovel-ready neighborhood projects is one of several infrastructure reforms I will be bringing forward in the coming weeks.

City staff will be working with the Infrastructure Committee as my administration improves how the City manages capital projects, contracts and money. I look forward to a productive dialogue with San Diegans and the City Council as we create a budget that delivers efficient and effective services to all of our neighborhoods."

CONTACT: Craig Gustafson at (619) 453-9880 or [email protected]