San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the thing that everyone wants to say when he delivered his second State of the City speech Thursday night: “The state of our city is strong.”
He gave a much more ambitious speech than this time last year, including a pledge that San Diego would find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
Here’s the Union-Tribune’s rundown:
Expanding and upgrading San Diego’s parks system, getting homeless veterans off the streets and rebuilding the city’s middle class are among the priorities Mayor Kevin Faulconer laid out Thursday night in his annual State of the City address.
Faulconer also endorsed for the first time Councilman Mark Kersey’s proposed infrastructure ballot measure, vowed to place a convention center expansion plan on the ballot and said there’s still a chance to keep the Chargers in San Diego.
Faulconer’s biggest initiative appears to be a parks plan. He said the city would add or renovate 50 new parks in the next five years.
We’ll have a bunch of context on all of the mayor’s ideas later this morning. But, as a preview, here’s our take on Kersey’s ballot measure and the major problems the city has with veterans’ homelessness.
Chargers Owner Still Wins Despite Losing
If you look at the last few days of twists and turns in the saga of the Chargers in San Diego, you might think Chargers’ owner Dean Spanos suffered a defeat at the hands of the NFL when they gave the green light to the St. Louis Rams to move to Los Angeles. But Scott Lewis writes how that kind of defeat looks pretty great, when you consider the options now in front of Spanos.