Strengthening Economic Ties with Mexico
- Expanding binational economic growth opportunities
In March 2014, Mayor Faulconer met with Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazarán, the Tijuana City Council, the Tijuana Economic Development Corporation (EDC/DEITAC) and key business leaders of the Tijuana/Binational Community. He pledged to continue to hold regular mayoral and high-level staff meetings with Mexican and Tijuana leadership. Together, the sister-city mayors discussed plans to work together on the binational railroad, an enhanced driver's license program, funding for land ports of entry, comprehensive immigration reform and other important border projects including city border infrastructure, the San Ysidro port of entry expansion, pedestrian border access, road quality issues and lighting issues. Mayor Faulconer promised to defend this federal proposal, continue efforts to streamline the border crossing process and expand the flow of goods throughout the Cali-Baja region.
Changed How City Does Business with Vendors
- Increasing competition among bidders and lower prices for the city
- Helping to end unnecessary backlogs and delays
In the past, the City of San Diego made every purchase through the Purchasing and Contracting Department (P&C) regardless of how small the purchase price. This process resulted in significant backlogs and unnecessary delays. On April 14, the City Council approved Mayor Faulconer's proposal that authorizes each City department to process lower-level purchases up to $25,000 while retaining appropriate procurement oversight. This empowers the City's departments and allows the department to spend more time on larger purchases, resulting in better research, planning, scheduling and procurement of critical items.
Re-establishing Economic Development Department
- Single department focused on helping local businesses grow and hire
Mayor Faulconer is committed to fostering economic prosperity throughout San Diego. His proposal to re-establish the Economic Development Department will create a single department to focus on business retention and expansion, economic development issues and identifying opportunities with local, national, and international stakeholders. This reorganization will allow the revised Planning and Neighborhoods Department to focus on California Environmental Quality Act requirements, community plan updates and urban design efforts.