Year in review: Mayor Kevin Faulconer

LA Times

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — It’s the night for the mayor of San Diego to shine: The State of the City address. But how is the city doing? And how do people perceive the leadership of Mayor Kevin Faulconer?

“Depends of what you’re talking about,” said Wade Miller. “The mayor is one person. Most big issues take everyone getting involved.”

Among the biggest issues is the homeless crisis. It was supposed to be the mayor’s number one priority for 2017.

Sadly, things got much, much worse before they got any better. The number of people living on the streets more than doubled and a dozen people died from Hepatitis A.

“The tent city was a good thing, but it doesn’t address the root issues,” said local San Diegan, Lola Whitherspoon. “These people need real help, mental health issues and substance abuse are the top.”

But tiny steps were taken thanks to the business community. The owners of the Padres spent almost $2 million for the temporary tents and so-called “bridge shelters.” The number of homeless living on the streets is way down, but still huge.

Paving roads was also a big priority.

“We’re ahead of schedule,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

They promised to pave 1000-miles of roads in five years. Three years in, they almost reached that goal.

2017 will also be remembered as the year San Diego lost the Chargers. While this has been a nagging issue for a decade, it happened on Faulconer’s watch. The voters rejected a $1 billion handout and the politicians didn’t have the will or the money to keep them here. Off to L.A. in the night.

Then there’s the Convention Center expansion. If we don’t expand, there’s a real chance we could lose the biggest convention of all, Comic-Con.

But half baked tax plans fell through and plans to expand went no where. The mayor is hoping a ballot measure in 2018 will seal the deal for a hotel tax and expansion. That ballot measure would also raise money for homeless issues.

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