Grand jury says City needs to make commitment to fix streets

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Mayor Jerry Sanders and the City Council need to make
a formal commitment to improve the condition of San Diego's streets, according
to San Diego County Grand Jury findings released this week.

The grand jury noted that only 10 percent of major streets in San Diego
were rated to be in good condition. A recent study based on a national
benchmark called the Overall Condition Index, or OCI, gave San Diego's roadways
a 54.6 percent rating in 2011, down more than 8 percent in four years. A rating
of 75 percent is considered the industry standard.

The jurors said providing enough funds to maintain the status quo
condition of the roadways in the fiscal year beginning July 1 “will only
perpetuate today's problems.”

The mayor's budget proposal calls for about $38 million to go toward
street repairs. The city's Independent Budget Analyst has determined that
spending $34.1 million would maintain the current street conditions.

Alex Roth, a spokesman for Sanders, said the city has spent an
unprecedented amount of money on road repairs in recent years.

“Sadly, the grand jury report fails to mention this historic financial
commitment,” Roth said. “We do agree with the grand jury that repairing San
Diego's streets is vitally important to our citizens' quality of life, which is
why we will continue our aggressive work in this area.”

The grand jury recommended that Sanders develop a resolution stating
that he and the City Council are committed to upgrading operations, maintenance
and capital improvements for all of San Diego's streets and that city officials
commit to reaching an OCI of 75 percent.

The panel further recommended that the mayor and city council continue
to streamline the capital improvement process; clarify the city's ordinance
that deals with excavations; and assess all of the city's roadways every four
years; and that the city place a five-year maintenance plan online and update
it weekly.

The city has 90 days to respond to the report.

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