Fixing our Roads and Infrastructure

The City must invest more in fixing our streets and other vital infrastructure needs. Through years of neglect, the City of San Diego developed $898 million backlog of infrastructure repairs. Kevin is focused on taking action to repair more City streets and infrastructure.

As Mayor, Kevin will:

Give communities a voice. In June 2013, the City Council voted to formalize a practice that would allow for community input during the process in which projects are approved. In its first year, the City received feedback on needs and priorities from 42 community planning groups. This is an important first step, and more must be done. The City cannot build a successful multi-year infrastructure plan without working directly with San Diegans to ensure communities' concerns are heard and incorporated into the City’s work plan.

Allocate more funding for street and sidewalk repairs. Kevin supported and helped pass an unprecedented five-year deferred capital maintenance investment plan, and the City needs to do even more to prevent the City's infrastructure from continuing to deteriorate. According to the Independent Budget Analyst, without additional investment, the City will see a 5-10% deterioration of the City's capital assets over 5 years. Additionally, the City has failed to invest in its network of sidewalks. Kevin is committed to identifying sidewalk needs through a citywide critical needs assessment and addressing San Diego’s deteriorating and cracking sidewalks.

Adequately plan to maintain the City's infrastructure. The City does not currently know the condition of all of its existing infrastructure and is lacking a comprehensive plan to managed citywide capital assets. The $898 million estimated repair backlog only accounts for streets, facilities, and storm drains. This estimate does not include sidewalks, piers, seawalls, park and recreation structures, storm drain channels, bridges, water and wastewater assets, the convention center, and various accessibility improvements. Additionally, many critical condition assessments are outdated or incomplete. Most likely, the deferred capital maintenance backlog is much greater than $898 million. Kevin believes that the City should have accurate, up-to-date condition assessments for the most effective asset management. Once the City has completed the critical needs assessments necessary to accurately understand infrastructure needs across the City, it is imperative to finalize an effective asset management plan to make certain the City is appropriately maintaining its infrastructure. In the past, City officials chose to postpone infrastructure maintenance because of budgetary constraints. Now it is clear how costly these irresponsible policies were. Kevin is dedicated to creating an effective asset management system to ensure the City's infrastructure network is properly maintained.

Create a multi-year capital improvement program and maintenance plan. To properly maintain our streets and infrastructure, it is important for the City to implement strategic, long-term plans. To achieve this goal, Kevin supports creating a multi-year capital improvement program. The City Auditor found that spending $1 on pavement preservation when a street is in fair condition eliminates spending $6-$14 on rehabilitation or reconstruction of a street in poor condition. It’s common sense to invest in maintenance today rather than costly repairs tomorrow. Currently, the City approves a Capital Improvement Program one year at a time. A multi-year infrastructure budget would allow the City to more effectively plan for the future, maintain City streets and facilities, and most effectively spend taxpayer funds.

Kevin Faulconer
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