Marti Emerald, head of the City Council’s public safety committee, tried to explain why the city hasn’t gone through with a pilot program to address emergency response time disparities.

All three major candidates embrace an unfunded 2011 proposal to deal with response time woes in some of San Diego’s poorest and brownest neighborhoods.

Mayoral candidates David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer both say the city needs to build more fire stations – but they don’t seem to agree on how many.

A city consultant recommended a cheaper two-person fire crew to resolve a response time gap in Encanto. It hasn’t happened.

What we learned this week.

Councilwoman Marti Emerald said the city will continue to take out deferred maintenance bonds over five years to cover street repairs, and might consider passing a public safety bond in 2016.