San Diego has begun preparing some of its existing infrastructure for 5G compatibility. But if the zoning, planning and other groundwork lags behind, the city risks being beaten by others that act more quickly.
Chula Vista voters will decide whether they want to raise their sales tax by half a cent for the next 10 years and trust that city officials will use it to fund infrastructure improvements just as they promised.
Aside from big questions surrounding whether SANDAG’s proposed sales tax increase will generate the amount the agency says it will, opponents point to other promises they think could go unfulfilled — like whether SANDAG will complete the highest-priority projects within 15 years, whether it will use local labor and whether the measure will do anything to improve water quality.
Our streets should be safe no matter where we go, or how we get there. Clearly, a business-as-usual approach to traffic safety will simply result in more deaths. Something has to change.
VOSD staffers join the podcast this week to help break down the races and ballot measures facing voters ahead of the June 7 vote.
Rebuild San Diego effectively creates a limit on future spending increases for all non-infrastructure services, such as public safety.
When voters approved TransNet in 2004, they were told the billions it would generate for infrastructure projects would be overseen by an independent oversight committee. Now, as SANDAG considers another tax increase, it’s not clear at all how independent the oversight committee actually is.
SANDAG released two proposals for how it might spend $18 billion from a potential tax increase. One plan focuses on helping cities solve their infrastructure shortfalls. The other is geared toward regional projects like highways and major transit upgrades, but offers no money to local infrastructure.
San Diego will face another year of intense weather again in the future, and we cannot afford, financially or morally, to make repairs after the fact.
Councilman David Alvarez’s new infrastructure proposal acknowledges a problem that’s been going on for more than five years. Even though the city doesn’t have enough cash to fix its crumbling infrastructure, it can’t spend the money it does have quickly enough.