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San Diego Secures $300 Million to Intercept Mexico Sewage

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer promised that the money would be used to “clean up the sewage spills from the Tijuana River Valley once and for all.” Faulconer was present when Trump signed the agreement at the White House last week.

EPA officials are scheduled to hold a public meeting March 9 in Coronado to discuss next steps.

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer to outline San Diego housing policies at conference in Washington, D.C.

During the three-day conference in the nation's capital, Faulconer will highlight what his office, the city council, and city employees have done to tackle the homelessness crisis in the city.

He will also lead a forum on trade and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Faulconer is also scheduled to meet with the office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on environmental issues at the border, as well as with U.S. Navy officials to discuss the expansion of San Diego's transportation network.

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Announces Plan for Ballot Measure to Combat Homelessness

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced last week his goal of taking a ballot initiative to combat homelessness in California, directly to the voters. Faulconer is the only big-city California Mayor who has successfully reduced homelessness in his city using an “all-of-the-above” approach.

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Column: Kevin Faulconer is the GOP’s best and only hope to regain ground in California

The only Republican politician with a credible chance of winning major office in California is moving into position to possibly challenge Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2022.

He’s San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, 53, a rare Republican moderate who has been elected twice to lead a heavily Democratic city.

Faulconer isn’t saying he’ll run against Newsom when the Democrat is up for reelection. The termed-out mayor probably hasn’t decided. But he is talking to people about it — consultants, potential donors, disheartened GOP pols.

The most significant thing he’s doing is starting to plan a homelessness initiative to place on the November 2022 ballot. That raises eyebrows.

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Mayor Faulconer Vows to Help Homeless by Intervening on Mental Illness, Drugs

In his final “State of the City” address, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said San Diego and other California cities must focus on treating mental illness and substance abuse to end homelessness.

“If you think someone living in a canyon and on drugs is going to turn around without intervention, you’re kidding yourself,” said Faulconer.

He said he was proud of San Diego’s efforts to provide new affordable housing, but argued that lack of housing isn’t the fundamental problem. He vowed to work in the coming years for a state ballot initiative to give authorities the power to intervene to help homeless people suffering from mental illness or drug abuse.

“California has lost its way on homelessness and it is up to us to find the moral compass,” he said. “It’s time to get real about these problems.”

But he expressed pride in the steps that San Diego has taken, many in the wake of the hepatitis A outbreak in 2017. He said 100,000 people had been vaccinated, bridge shelters and safe nighttime parking lots had been set up, and funding had increased significantly.

And he announced plans to send county mental illness teams into all homeless bridge shelters this year.

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Mayor Faulconer Lays Out Ambitious Plans For Final Year In Office

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer delivered his sixth and final State of the City address last night, laying out ambitious plans for his last year in office.

To ease the city's housing shortage, Faulconer said he will ask the City Council this spring to approve an initiative that would let developers build denser and taller housing near transit stops. The builders would have to set aside more homes for low-income households and pay for more neighborhood improvements like parks and sidewalk repairs.

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announces new mental health homeless plan in final State of City address

Faulconer stated the City of San Diego saw the largest expansion of homeless services in its history by opening four bridge shelters, expanding the Golden Hall shelter, opening two storage facilities, and opening the city's first housing navigation center.

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Faulconer focuses on homelessness, housing crisis in final ‘State of City’ speech

Faulconer used his sixth and final State of the City address on Wednesday to lay out those goals and several others for his last year, which he said would be “a year of action” before he’s forced to leave office by term limits.

The mayor also reflected on his six years in office during the half-hour speech, declaring that he’s helped write a “comeback story” by making San Diego a national leader instead of a scandal-ridden city with crumbling infrastructure.

“San Diego is back,” said Faulconer to several hundred spectators gathered in downtown’s Balboa Theatre. “It is recovered, reformed and revitalized. Now, San Diego is leading.”

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer takes on Gov. Jerry Brown's parole ballot measure

Kevin Faulconer, who tamped down talk of a 2018 bid for governor during his successful reelection as mayor of San Diego, will lead the charge against the effort to revamp prison parole laws by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Kevin Faulconer and a New Republican Politics of Inclusion

In San Diego, Kevin Faulconer is demonstrating that there is a better way — a way for Republicans to represent all Americans.

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