San Diego River Park
We are standing up against the public subsidy for a new stadium for the Chargers. I will push the city to create a river park that would including the stadium land. The Park would go from the Qualcom area, through Mission Valley, to River Walk Golf Club and Fashion Valley. The park will serve as a place for people to recreate, relax, and bring their kids. In addition, it will protect our waterways, plants and wildlife. From the stadium site itself, I propose partnering with SDSU to build more classrooms and a smaller stadium for their use. The rest of the park will be devoted to the river and public recreation and education.
In 2014, 88 people died in San Diego County after they were hit by cars while walking in our city. These deaths are avoidable, and it is completely unacceptable that we have not taken more aggressive action to create livable streets. I will fight for a network of barrier bike lanes and covered biking parking areas. I will fight for pedestrian overpasses over major roads, instead of dangerous crosswalks. I will fight to create plans and funding for a subterranean light rail system. We can avoid all street mortality's of pedestrians and bicyclists, and should make that a priority. Encouraging walking and bicycling is good for the environment, good for public health, and good for the construction jobs that revamping our streets will create.
San Diego also has the potential to support hundreds of well-paid jobs in solar energy and sustainable development. We need to build neighborhoods powering neighborhoods, and build a set of infrastructure that places power and money back in the hands of residents, instead of utility companies. We can do this through installing rooftop solar panels, green roofs, and sustainable infrastructure. I will encourage the City and County to partner with existing solar training institutes to provide trainees with well-paid entry-level jobs building solar infrastructure for the City and residents. We will also pursue sustainable building codes. All repairs we do to city streets and parking lots, and all new construction, should be permeable asphalt that will reduce runoff and conserve water.
It’s no secret that when it comes to streets San Diego has a rough ride. We were recently ranked 8th worst in the nation for our roads, costing each driver $843 a year in maintenance costs. Currently, we are charged exorbitant rates from internet companies for basic internet services. We can do better.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently decided that cities can set up municipal internet services, which means San Diego could join cities from Seattle to Baltimore in setting up our own system. We can deliver lightning fast fiber internet. The downside to this is it requires ripping up streets to install. However, our streets need repair anyway, so we can install services at the same time. We can prioritize public places such as libraries, schools, and parks, and eventually expand basic service to every home for free, as Google Fiber has done in Kansas City. The cost could be tied to internet fees, so residents get additional services instead of profits going to big companies like AT&T, Cox, and Time Warner Cable.
We have the potential to lead the charge in the state of California for providing the fastest and most affordable internet, and use that money to help pay for our crumbling infrastructure. Let’s stand as a city and take ownership of our internet and fix our roads in the process.
Creating sustainable infrastructure ties into all of our priorities. Installing solar energy panels throughout the city brings high quality, high paying jobs to the area. Repairing roads and parking lots with porous asphalt reduces runoff, storm-water pollution, and flood damage, while also repairing our roads and making San Diego a better place to travel. Increased public transit infrastructure reduces congestion, improves ease of access around the city, and serves lower income communities. Green buildings require local building materials and so support jobs here in California. For all these reasons, all of our new buildings and infrastructure should be built in the most sustainable way we can. Sustainable infrastructure is simply the right thing to do.