‘Yes’ to New Housing, More Homeless Solutions and Community Choice Energy
HIGHLIGHTS OF MAYOR FAULCONER’S 2019 STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS
“We grew into the vibrant city we are today with ideas that were big, bold and groundbreaking,” Mayor Faulconer said. “It’s that same spirit we need to tap into at this moment – to take advantage of new opportunities and meet 21st century challenges. A housing crisis we must tackle. Communities we must lift up. An environment we must protect.”
I. TRANSFORMING SAN DIEGO INTO A “YIMBY” CITY: NEW HOUSING & HOMELESS SOLUTIONS
OVERVIEW: NEW “HOUSING SD” REFORMS TO REMOVE THE ROADBLOCKS TO HOUSING
Removing height restrictions outside the coastal zone that stymie growth
Implementing the most generous incentive in the state to build affordable housing and housing for the homeless
Allowing by-right approval for affordable housing and housing for the homeless to avoid unnecessary review
Eliminating parking requirements to lower housing costs
(All in Transit Areas)
“Obstructionists must never again be able to halt the housing that San Diego needs. We must change from a City that shouts ‘Not in my backyard’ to one that proclaims ‘Yes in my backyard.’ From a City of NIMBYs to a City of YIMBYs,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Together, let’s transform San Diego into a YIMBY city!”
A Radical Overhaul to Remove Anti-Housing Bias that Often Kills Development
(All in Transit Priority Areas)
- Major Density Bonus for Affordable Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing – Establishing an unlimited density bonus – the most generous incentive in the state – for developments that include affordable housing and homeless housing.
- By-Right Approval for Housing – Projects that include affordable housing and homeless housing will no longer need unnecessary review from the City Council or the Planning Commission.
- Eliminate Height Restrictions Outside of the Coastal Zone – Height limits stymie growth in the urban core and removing them will allow for more dense housing projects near transit.
- Eliminate Parking Requirements – Parking can increase housing costs by as much as $90,000 per space so this change would allow builders to develop units without parking to lower costs and encourage more residents to use transit.
OVERVIEW: “CONNECT, SUPPORT, HOUSE” – AND TACKLE COUNTY’S MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
- Opening New Housing Navigation Center to consolidate services under one roof
- Hiring skilled case managers and housing specialists at the City’s bridge shelters to increase the number of individuals who successfully transition to permanent housing
- Proposing new affordable housing projects in every City Council district
- Calling on the City Council to approve additional storage capacity so more homeless individuals have safe places to store belongings and keep sidewalks clear
- Calling on San Diego County to step up and lead the way in tackling the mental health crisis
“Saying ‘Not in my backyard’ is saying ‘Yes’ to homelessness in our canyons, our parks and on our streets,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Ladies and gentlemen, we must say ‘Yes’ to doing what’s right. ‘Yes’ to new services to reduce homelessness throughout the city. ‘Yes’ to keeping the bridge shelters open so people have a safe and clean place to sleep at night. And ‘Yes’ to affordable housing in every single City Council district.”
Investing in Lifelines that Reconnect Homeless Individuals to a Better Tomorrow
- More Housing Connections – Improving successful outcomes at bridge shelters (which serve as many as 674 individuals per day with beds and supportive services) by hiring new housing specialists. More than 500 individuals have already moved into long-term housing.
- Outreach Ambassadors Outside of Downtown – Increasing outreach ambassadors in San Diego neighborhoods with a network of non-uniformed professionals trained to walk the streets and build relationships with homeless individuals.
- Housing Navigation Center – Opening the region’s first comprehensive homeless facility in spring 2019 to serve as the anchor to San Diego’s care network and a starting point for individuals to access a variety of services all under one roof.
- New Urgency on Mental Health – Mayor Faulconer said: “Our County government is tasked with maintaining the region’s health and welfare. We need its help to get things back on track.” He called for more psychiatric beds, more specialists in the field, and more housing with mental health services.
- Storage Centers – Expanding capacity for homeless individuals to safely store belongings while they access services with new storage options in other parts of the city.
- Safe Parking Program – Expanding safe parking lots in other parts of the city. This follows the success of two lots 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.
- Landlord Partnerships – Following the success of the “Housing Our Heroes” program, the City partnered with the San Diego Housing Commission to expand it to non-veterans and find housing through partnerships with local landlords. To date, the Landlord Engagement & Assistance Program has helped more than 2,000 homeless individuals rent an apartment.
II. RENEWING COMMITMENT TO A CITY THAT WORKS FOR ALL OF US
OVERVIEW: ENSURING EVERY COMMUNITY IS A PLACE RESIDENTS ARE PROUD TO CALL HOME
- On pace to repair nearly half of San Diego’s entire road network by 2020
- Expanding the “Clean SD” program to clean neighborhoods, parks and canyons
- Opening two libraries in a single year (Mission Hills/Hillcrest and San Ysidro) for first time
- Continuing aggressive recruitment and retention campaign to rebuild San Diego Police Department
- Commissioning a disparity study to determine if the companies that do business reflect San Diego’s diversity
“Our city is at its best when we all have a chance to achieve the American Dream. It’s what One San Diego is all about,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Women-owned businesses, minority-owned businesses, every qualified business should have equal opportunity to bid and win a city contract. The businesses serving our city will be as diverse as the people in our communities.”
Clean SD: Restoring Pride in All San Diego Neighborhoods
- Expanding Operations – Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal will renew commitment to Clean SD, with crews to ensure every neighborhood is a clean neighborhood.
- Removing Tons of Trash – Crews have cleared more than 2,700 tons of trash from streets and sidewalks, the equivalent of roughly 40,000 household trash containers.
Keeping San Diego the Safest Big City in the Country
- Recruitment and Retention – Implementing the most competitive contract in history of San Diego Police Department has led to more officers returning to department and the largest police academies in a decade.
- Community Partners - Hiring two community leaders as advisors to help strengthen the relationship between the police and the communities they serve.
Investing in Our Neighborhoods
- 1,000 Miles of Street Repair – Surpassed the Mayor’s five-year goal of repairing 1,000 miles of streets in October – nearly two years ahead of schedule. At this pace, nearly half of San Diego’s entire street network will be repaired by 2020.
- Vision Zero – Making significant safety improvements to the fifteen most dangerous intersections in the city to help achieve the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities. The City will implement upgrades to nearly 300 more intersections citywide over the next few years.
- Historic Neighborhood Investments – Increasing annual investment in capital projects to more than half a billion dollars – the most in City history. New fire stations (nine), libraries (two new this year) and other community investments are opening at a record pace.
- More Parks – Opened or broke ground on 35 new and upgraded parks, the largest park expansion effort in modern city history, with two dozen more in various stages of planning.
Expanding Opportunity to All
- Commissioning Disparity Study – Citywide review will determine if the companies that do business with the city reflect the people we serve.
III. MAKING SAN DIEGO THE GREENEST CITY IN THE COUNTRY
OVERVIEW: NEW ACTION TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE LOCALLY
- Creating a community choice energy program for San Diego to reach 100% renewable energy through a regional joint powers entity to purchase green power for residents and businesses
- Changing the way San Diegans move around the city with new bike lanes and mobility options
- Transforming San Diego’s regional transportation network by leading the push for a new transit center that will finally connect the trolley to San Diego International Airport
“California leads the country on environmental protection – and San Diego leads California,” Mayor Faulconer said. “San Diego is now on the path to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2035 – 10 years before the state. And I’ve decided that the best way to make us the greenest city in the nation is to give San Diegans a new choice on where they get their power – with community choice energy.”
Creating a Greener Future
- Community Choice Energy – A new program to achieve 100 percent renewable energy citywide.
- Introducing a resolution to the City Council to form a new joint-power entity to purchase power that would be available to cities throughout the region.
- Creating healthy competition, giving consumers a choice, lowering energy costs for customers, creating jobs, speeding up and expanding the use of renewable energy, and helping San Diego reach its renewable energy goal faster.
- Pure Water San Diego – Breaking ground this year on the first phase of the largest single sustainability project in City history.
- Will provide one-third of the City’s water supply by 2035.
- Will reduce reliance on imported water by creating a drought-proof water supply for the region.
Advancing Mobility Options
- Downtown Mobility Plan – Construction underway on a 9.3-mile network of dedicated, buffered cycle tracks connecting downtown to surrounding neighborhoods.
- Dockless Mobility Regulations – Bringing forward regulations for the shared dockless mobility industry that will protect public safety while managing the integration of more bikes and scooters into our transportation landscape.
Building the Transportation Network of Tomorrow
- State-of-the-Art Transit Hub – Making a world-class central station that connects to the San Diego International Airport the region’s No. 1 transportation priority.
- Creating transit center that connects the trolley system to the airport for the first time.
- Partners will include San Diego International Airport, San Diego Association of Governments, Port District, Metropolitan Transit System and the private sector.