Mayor Kevin Faulconer is about to start taking an active role in developing southeastern San Diego.
The mayor’s office agreed to partner with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in the foundation’s plan to remake the area surrounding Market Creek Plaza into a pedestrian and transit-friendly urban village.
The Jacobs Center is already drawing up a blueprint to turn the almost 60 acres of vacant or underdeveloped land it purchased during the 2000s into a model of urban revitalization, with homes at a mix of income levels and stores and neighborhood amenities surrounding the Euclid Avenue trolley station. In April, it will release the outline of its final vision, and hopes to implement it within eight to 10 years.
Now, Faulconer wants to use his authority over city staff to make it cheaper, easier and more attractive for private developers to invest in the historically under-invested community.
The agreement between the mayor’s office and the Jacobs Center has two primary components.
The first is for projects within the Jacobs Center’s neighborhood plan to get special treatment from city planners checking to see if they fit within city and state development regulations.
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we live in a mixed use area at 9th and Broadway, and it is also largely inhabitated by severely disabled, and senior citizens up to 90 and 100 years old. We get very little community support here. There are no places to congregate as a community and one side of the street, on one block, there are 3 bars. Across the street are tat parlours 10th and Broadway was developed for Petco Park...... Hardly anything green is here. No affordable stores, fresh food ,nothing. You go outside this ghetto and there are plenty of resources.and its because many people die here. We hear noise 24 hrs. a day. On one call I counted up to 2 fire engines 2 ambulances and HORDES of police officers arresting one homeless person.......... What a waste of time and money. .....They have simply crammed as many low-income seniors, vets. and disabled,into a 2 block ghetto for the dying. Nothing park like, no parks,no flowers. parkets or what-ever there called now. The Dawg House ripped out the only 3 benches that were offered by the developer of the Celedon[9th and Broadway]. Now it is patches of filthy poop and urine that millions of dogs use as their toilet. And yes we smell it, hear it ,and are abused by the city planners for herding 1000;s of people into a crammed ghetto everything around this area is being developed ONLY for the 30 year olds that will eventually have enough of this toxic city and its Control Freaks [the FAT cats, that hink they OWN the city their supposed to be serving.......
@Kathy S Is this the neighbourhood where a roadside strip was beautified by planters, benches etc; only to have them yanked out for lack of permits? Unless I have grown older and more befuddled, I recall that repeated petitions, to the mayor's office, seeking assistance and/or relief, produced neither.
And now with an election looming, the mayor wishes to tell us that he has cast aside his former passivity; I say indifference.
Mayor Faulconer should be commended for encouraging staff to expedite City services for all San Diegans wherever they may live. Unfortunately, in the past, mayoral expediting meant that a certain segment of the business community would be receiving illegal immunities from the law. Mayor Faulconer already has a record of directing City staffers to ignore the laws that insure that residents have a voice in what happens in their neighborhood.
Ex Mayor Jerry Sanders loves craft beer, or so he says, and is only too happy to take the credit for directing City staff to ignore the law that prohibits microbreweries from being placed next to residences in commercial zones. Bob Filner, Todd Gloria, and Kevin Faulconer sitting in the Mayors office were happy to join with Sanders in allowing illegal permits that ignored the lawful rights of San Diegans; especially if those citizens lived across town from the white middle class.
American Citizens have a Constitutional right to the due process and equal protection of the law, the City of San Diego and it's Mayors could not care less. They are more than willing to abuse their authority by directing City staff to ignore the law for the benefit of special interests; and to the detriment of all San Diegans and all Americans that believe that we are nation of laws and the Constitution of the United States of America is a document worthy of respect.
Not sure this is big news. If you look at his campaign contributors list records, you'll see that the mayor has always been best friends with local real estate developers, and hotel owners.
So now that he's failed with the Chargers, this is Mayor Kev's latest gimmick? I notice there's no mention of asking residents around Market Street Plaza to "partner" in this, much less if they want a "transit friendly urban village," whatever that means.
And note that Mayor Kev didn't feel like he needed to help anyone else around here with permits until the big-money Jacobs people showed up. Who voted for this puppet?
@mwkingsandiego The exact shape of the project is still to be determined. But if "transit friendly urban village" isn't descriptive enough, think of something like Little Italy, Hillcrest, or North Park, where you have 3-4 story buildings with retail on the ground floor and offices or homes on the upper levels, all located close to transit. People would ostensibly be able to walk around the area comfortably, or get on the trolley and head to jobs downtown.
Not everyone in the community agrees with this vision, certainly. But it's worth mentioning that the Jacobs Center has so far committed to making sure their master plan for the area is consistent with the new community plan that was just approved. That plan went through three years of public discussion through the local planning group, which approved it. Again, that's not to say that everyone is on board, but it's worth mentioning. Sorry not to have made that more explicit in the story.
@Kathy S I doubt that Faulconer can win over the Democratic Party voters sustainably with the gimmicks he employed to win the mayoral race over the Hispanic candidate. The Republican candidate (Faulconer) won by a small margin i.e. 52.9% compared to the 47.1% of total votes cast for the Hispanic candidate (Alvarez). I voted for Alvarez because I am Independent and vote for both Democratic and Republican candidates (less Republican) and because I saw the possibility of a very radical change in San Diego's political dynamics if the Mayor of San Diego was Hispanic (especially because blacks had no strong candidate on the ballot). Faulconer's gimmick of setting up shop in the midst of blacks paid off . . . many of the black votes for Faulconer came from die-hard Democrats who were trying to salvage the great losses to the black community as a result of Filner's indiscretions.
Unsure about how much attention the young Hispanic mayoral candidate, who lived in the Barrio Logan area, would give to the black neighborhoods of Southeast San Diego once in office, the 5.8% votes that Faulconer garnered into victory, came mostly from black Democratic voters. To the black voters, it was a choice of the lesser of two evils . . . vote for the white Republican candidate they believed they will get more out of, than the Hispanic Democratic candidate they were not sure they will get much out of once he became mayor. Bad gamble in my opinion and one that may still come back to haunt them in the future. Alvarez would have been a great mayor and would have done more for the black community had he been elected.
I remember attending a fundraising political function at Alvarez's residence for the city council electoral campaign for Myrtle Cole, with many of the black Democratic powerbrokers in the black community in attendance. The function was abuzz with how much Filner was going to transform the black community, and rightfully so, Filner's Special Assistant was Dr. Blair, a stalwart in the black community. Dr. Blair was previously Community Outreach Assistant for former San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor, a Republican and Blair was [the] key to Faulconer getting the black votes he needed to win the elections over Alvarez.
Now Faulconer is just waking up to his campaign [promises] and has not really made any solid commitments so far. I wonder if those black voters that sold their votes to Faulconer in anticipation of the gains from his election promises would vote the same way if that same election was to take place today.
The “Building on Success” theme of the RNC efforts to translate Faulconer's San Diego victory into political victory in the next presidential elections is illusory, at least in San Diego's Democratic base. San Diego Democrats will vote for a Democratic candidate for President come the next presidential elections. Faulconer has taught those black Democrats that voted him into office, a good lesson that they will never forget. Stay Democrat even if/when the Democratic top candidate for mayor in San Diego is a very young thirty-three year old Hispanic. Khalid Alexander was very on point!