Mayor Faulconer’s Fact Sheet for the 2016 State of the City Address
50 Parks in 5 Years
“Starting this year, we’re going to give San Diego’s park system a dramatic makeover. I want every neighborhood, every family and every child to have a park where they can make memories of their own. We are embarking on the largest park expansion effort San Diego has seen in modern history.”
Play All Day Initiative
- Innovative partnership between the City and San Diego Unified School District.
- Makes more parks on school property open to the community.
- Jointly building or upgrading dozens of parks in 5 years.
A New Generation of City Parks
- Opening or upgrading dozens of parks across San Diego in next 2 years.
- Producing a new master plan for San Diego’s park system for the first time in more than 60 years.
Creating Mission Bay Park's Next Great Space
- Launching the public process to plan what is next for the 76-acre mobile home park next to De Anza Cove.
- Plans could include hiking, camping, biking and walking trails, and restoring wetlands.
Housing Our Heroes: Helping 1,000 Homeless Veterans
"Sometimes the key to a better life is as simple as a key to a room you can call your own. When veterans find themselves on the verge of homelessness or without housing, we will help them find a place to live – so the word ‘homeless’ never enters their vocabulary."
Goal of helping 1,000 homeless veterans get off the streets by the end of 2016
- A new housing-first homeless action plan to connect individuals to housing with supportive services.
Opens Doors to Homeless Veterans
- Partners with landlords and offers incentives to put a roof over homeless veterans’ heads.
- Offers supportive services and short-term rental assistance, such as security deposits and rent subsidies.
An Innovative and Regional Effort
- Collaboration between City of San Diego, County of San Diego, San Diego Housing Commission, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and local apartment associations.
- $12 million investment by the San Diego Housing Commission and City of San Diego, pending City Council approval.
Bringing Equality to Economic Opportunity
“Our community will not reach its fullest potential until all San Diegans can reach theirs. When it seems more likely that a San Diego kid will end up with a job in fast food – rather than a future in biotechnology – something has to change. I believe bringing equality to economic opportunity is our generation’s calling.”
Introducing Children to San Diego’s Innovation Economy
- Creating “Thinkabit”-style labs, pioneered by Qualcomm, to provide middle school students hands-on learning experience.
- Goal of opening five labs in 2016 in San Diego industries that are growing and hiring.
- Northrup Grumman, SeaWorld and Raytheon have committed to launching labs in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District.
One San Diego 100 Youth Employment Program
- Enlist 100 local businesses to offer 1,000 paid jobs to San Diego’s high school and college students, with a focus on low income communities.
- Training the next generation of San Diegans to develop skills that lead to careers.
- Joint effort with the San Diego Workforce Partnership and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.
Laying the Foundation for a World-Class City
“From our libraries to our parks to day-to-day neighborhood repairs, the scope of the infrastructure improvements happening in our communities is extraordinary.”
Building Our Better Neighborhoods
- Directing nearly $500 million to rebuild our neighborhoods.
- The number of construction contracts is at the highest level of the decade.
- On pace to fill 27,000 potholes this year.
- Investing nearly $10 million in community improvements every week.
- Continuing sweeping reforms to ramp up community improvements.
- Just one recent reform helped identify more than $75 million that can be invested back into communities.