Mayor Kevin Faulconer kicked off 2017 promising to take major action to address San Diego’s booming homelessness crisis.
The year is exactly halfway over and his highest-profile efforts to better aid thousands of homeless San Diegans are stalled.
A proposed hotel-tax hike meant to help pull in more cash for that cause and others is off the table for a year, Faulconer has yet to publicly identify a site for hundreds of temporary shelter beds and he’s now without the staffer he hired last year to try to help him execute those plans.
In an interview Thursday, Faulconer said he’s working hard behind the scenes and should have announcements to make this month. He wants to get buy-in from stakeholders before sharing details and moving foward.
“It’s a combination of setting it up right, setting it up for success because it’s in all of our interests to actually achieve results, not just put something out there,” he told me.
But as I explain in a new story, many are skeptical, including some of his supporters.