An understaffed SDPD has been forced to make tough decisions with limited resources. Officers still respond to emergencies ahead of the department’s goal, but the department is failing to meet its own standards with every other type of call that comes in.

Early on in his State of the City address last week, Mayor Kevin Faulconer called out three neighborhoods that have had historically poor emergency response, but benefited from new programs.

After years of broken promises and reluctance from some City Council members, the city put two more firefighters in Encanto. Early results are encouraging and more good news is on the way.

The mayor said the city has had issues responding to emergencies in the South Bay. The truth is more narrow than that — in fact, it’s a single address that causes most problems.