“The old way of tackling our City’s biggest challenges doesn’t work anymore,” Mayor Faulconer said. “That’s why we are embracing new ideas, taking new approaches and getting real results.”
NEW ACTION TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS
“What I’ve outlined is a housing first plan, but not a housing only plan,” Mayor Faulconer said. “It’s a comprehensive ecosystem, with solutions for everyone. America’s Finest City will no longer tolerate the use of a sidewalk, a riverbed or a tarp as a home. There’s a place for you, and it’s not on the streets.”
- San Diego’s strategy to address homeless crisis: “Connect Support House”
- New Housing Navigation Center is ahead of schedule, opening this year
- New storage facility will help reduce homeless property in public spaces
- Hired more “outreach ambassadors” to connect homeless individuals to regional care system
- Expanding upon successful Housing Our Heroes initiative with funding to house 3,000 veterans and civilians through partnerships with local landlords
- With 40 percent of homeless individuals outside the City of San Diego, Mayor calls for more bridge shelters and homeless services throughout region
“Connect Support House”: Strategy to Address Homelessness
- CONNECT: Linking people to regional care network, providing stability and relief through shelters and programs as the first step toward permanent housing.
o Bridge Shelters – Three shelters that can serve up to 700 individuals per day with beds and supportive services, including housing navigators to help individuals find permanent homes.
o Safe Parking Zones – Two areas with capacity for 120 cars that provide individuals and families temporarily living in their cars with a safe and secure place to park at night.
o Shelter Beds – More than 2,000 shelter beds exist to provide temporary relief.
- SUPPORT: Providing access to services, job training, mental health care, addiction counseling, and housing navigators to help homeless individuals find a permanent home.
o Outreach Ambassadors – Added 15 outreach ambassadors to the network of non-uniformed professionals trained to walk the streets and build relationships with homeless individuals.
o Storage Center (Spring 2018) – New facility at 20th and Commercial streets for homeless individuals to safely store their belongings while they access services, attend school, interview for a job or go to work.
o Housing Navigation Center (Ahead of Schedule; Opening 2018) – The region’s first comprehensive homeless facility at 14th Street and Imperial Avenue will be the anchor to San Diego’s care network and the starting point for individuals to access a variety of services all under one roof.
- HOUSE: Creating more opportunities to end the cycle of homelessness through permanent housing.
o Landlord Partnerships – The successful Housing Our Heroes program, which has helped over 1,000 homeless veterans find housing through partnerships with local landlords, has been expanded to all homelessness men and women with enough funding to house 3,000 individuals.
o Renovating Housing Inventory – Repurposing existing transitional housing inventory into Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid Re-Housing or Bridge Housing units.
o Family Reunification Program – Providing assistance to individuals who wish to reconnect with loved ones in another part of the state or county.
o Homeless Prevention and Diversion Program – Assisting individuals and families who are at-risk of becoming homeless to identify housing options before they enter the shelter system.
- Permanent Supportive Housing – Working to implement strategies that will add to San Diego’s permanent supportive housing supply.
TACKLING SAN DIEGO’S HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS
“Countless government regulations have been created around the premise that more housing is the cause of our problems,” Mayor Faulconer said. “But more housing is a solution to our problems. If you’re in the business of building homes, we want to put you to work.”
- Reforming development processes to encourage the production of more homes
- Incentivizing developers to build housing that is affordable to low-income and middle class San Diegans
- Encouraging growth in transit-friendly areas and near employment centers
- Mayor’s “Housing SD” plan, launched in 2017, has already shortened project review times, reduced fees, authorized millions of dollars for affordable housing, and made it easier and cheaper to build renter-friendly companion units
Mayor Faulconer’s “Housing SD” Plan: Results So Far
- Streamlined Project Reviews – Changed municipal code to shave months off the approval process.
- Reduced Fees – Updated the Affordable, Sustainable, Infill Development program to eliminate expedite fees for projects building 100 percent affordable housing.
- Updated Growth Plans – Developments that comply with new community plans enjoy streamlined California Environmental Quality Act review, reducing project time and costs. Nine community plans have been updated under Mayor Faulconer and six more are scheduled for completion by 2020.
- Millions for Affordable Housing – $25 million to finance affordable housing for low-income families, veterans and the chronically homeless, and $54 million to finance projects with rents below market rates in Otay Mesa, Southeastern San Diego, City Heights, Carmel Valley and Torrey Highlands.
- Encouraged Companion Units – Now easier and cheaper to permit “granny flats” and other renter-friendly units, resulting in a 375 percent spike in applications.
Mayor Faulconer’s “Housing SD” Plan: Bold Plans for 2018 and Beyond
- Reform Development Process to Increase Housing Supply
o Encouraging More Small Units – Overhauling development fees to encourage builders to construct smaller units that more San Diegans can afford.
o Streamlining Regulations – Simplifying the development process with 47 amendments to the Land Development Code.
o Live Where You Work – Zoning changes to combine work space with living quarters.
- Improving Housing Affordability for All San Diegans
o Middle-Class Housing – Incentivizing the development of additional units to be sold or rented to first-time buyers and middle-income families.
- Encourage Growth in Transit-Friendly Areas and Near Employment Centers
o Change Parking Mandates – Reducing parking requirements, which can cost up to $90,000 per parking spot, to reduce high-rise building costs passed on to renters and buyers, and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
FIXING POLICE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION CRISIS
“San Diego is one of the safest big cities in the country and overall is at its lowest point in half a century, but we can never take that for granted,” Mayor Faulconer said. “There are over 200 open positions in the San Diego Police Department right now. It could turn into a public safety crisis if we don’t act now. So I am proud to have authored – and delivered – the largest recruitment and retention package in SDPD history.”
- New police contract making San Diego Police Department competitive with other law enforcement agencies
- Launching a national recruitment campaign
- Goal to fully staff SDPD by 2020
Keeping San Diego Safe
- Historically Low Crime – San Diego is one of the safest big cities in the U.S., with overall crime at its lowest point in half a century.
Need for More Officers
- Quality of Life – Bolstering the SDPD’s ranks would result in more officers responding to calls, engaging in proactive policing, and establishing stronger ties with the communities they serve.
- Over 200 Open Positions – San Diego for years has not been able to attract enough recruits to replace the veteran officers who leave or retire.
Making SDPD Competitive Again
- Landmark Agreement – Mayor Faulconer negotiated and the City Council approved the largest recruitment and retention package in City history to increase compensation for all sworn officers over two years.
- High Ranks for SDPD – San Diego officer salaries currently rank near the bottom when compared to 18 other law enforcement agencies in the state. With this new contract, SDPD will move from the bottom of the pack to highly competitive across all positions.
Recruiting the Best
- Nationwide Campaign – Launching aggressive recruitment campaign to encourage men and women across the country to join SDPD.
- Full Staffing – Working to fully staff the police force for the first time in over a decade by 2020.
REPAIRING AND RESTORING PRIDE TO OUR COMMUNITIES
“We’ve reformed the entire system to finish projects faster, use taxpayer dollars more efficiently and move shovel-ready projects to the front of the line,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Four years ago the City was investing about $180 million annually in neighborhood improvements; now we invest nearly half a billion dollars each year. A decade ago the City only repaired 25 miles of streets in an entire year; now that’s about how much we repair in a month.”
- Libraries: Skyline Hills is first new library in a decade; two more are under construction with a third in design
- Parks: A dozen in various stages of construction; 13 new or upgraded parks already opened
- Fire Stations: Constructing four new fire stations with three more on the way
- Roads: Ahead of schedule with 708 miles repaired in just two-and-a-half years
Putting Neighborhoods First
- Infrastructure Reform – Revamped City’s infrastructure program and increased funding for neighborhood investments.
- More Than Doubled Funding – Increased annual infrastructure funding from $179 million to $475 million.
- Road Repairs Ahead of Schedule – Fixed 708 miles of streets in a two-and-a-half years – more than two-thirds of the way to reaching Mayor Faulconer’s goal of 1,000 miles of street in five years.
- Green Buildings – Installed solar panels at 13 City facilities, with nine more in progress.
- Fixing Aging Transportation Network – Launched a $155 million reconstruction of the West Mission Bay Drive Bridge.
- Smart Infrastructure – Installing the world’s largest municipal Internet of Things platform using 14,000 smart streetlights.
Results Across the City, Including Historically Underserved Communities
- More Parks – Opened 13 new or upgraded parks since launching the largest park expansion effort in modern city history. A dozen more parks are in various stages of construction.
- New Libraries – Libraries in Mission Hills, San Ysidro, Pacific Highlands Ranch are all in various stages of design or construction. Skyline Hills, opened in 2016, was the first new library in a decade.
- New Fire Stations – Building or upgrading four new fire stations in Bayside, Hillcrest, North Park and Point Loma. Three others are in preconstruction.
KEEPING SAN DIEGO CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL
“I recently launched ‘Clean SD’ – a citywide effort to remove trash and debris that has been piling up across our city. Crews have already removed more than 700 tons of garbage in just six months, and we’re not going to stop.” Mayor Faulconer said. “This aggressive, sustained approach is the new normal going forward. We are going to clean up our communities, scrub graffiti from our streets and sidewalks, and restore the San Diego River to its natural beauty.”
- City crews have removed over 700 tons of trash from neighborhoods and the San Diego River
- River cleaned twice per week
- Crews proactively remove waste in communities that have seen an increase in litter
- Ongoing sanitation of public spaces
Restoring Pride in all San Diego Neighborhoods
- Removing Tons of Trash – City partnership with Urban Corps of San Diego has cleared 650 tons of trash from streets and sidewalks.
- Unprecedented River Cleanup – Initiated massive cleanup effort for the San Diego River, including twice-weekly abatements that have removed 50 tons of trash since September, while also partnering with the San Diego River Park Foundation to conduct waste abatements.
- Dramatically Cleaner Streets and Sidewalks – Increased weekly abatements downtown to twice per week, resulting in 82 percent less trash identified by crews on downtown streets and sidewalks over the last year.
- Clean and Healthy Public Spaces – Sanitized the equivalent of 350 city blocks in downtown and other areas.
- Budget Priority – Allocated $800,000 in the current budget to increase litter cleanup and graffiti removal in community hot spots.
- Everyone Playing Their Part – Conducted more than 25 community cleanups and removed more than 100 tons of waste.