San Diego’s three major mayoral candidates have made repairing the city’s broken roads and building new neighborhood infrastructure cornerstones of their platforms. We’ve defined their plans, explained their key ideas and fleshed out what’s missing. This post is the last in the series. Read our takes on Councilman David Alvarez and former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.
Republican City Councilman Kevin Faulconer’s Streets & Neighborhood Repair Plan dedicates the most upfront money of the three major mayoral candidates to deal with San Diego’s giant infrastructure backlog. But unlike his opponents, he’s against a voter-approved infrastructure bond that would produce much more money down the road.
The Most Money Now: Faulconer says he’ll put a minimum $180 million annually toward repairing the city’s infrastructure for the next five years. That’s $20 million more than the city has projected it needs right now to keep streets, storm drains and buildings from deteriorating further. And it’s $20 million more than what Nathan Fletcher says he’ll put toward infrastructure in the first year. Faulconer’s other major opponent, David Alvarez, isn’t committing to an initial dollar amount.
Of his pledge, Faulconer says $60 million of it will be in cash, leaving $120 million in loans.