San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria says his plan could fix city streets, sidewalks

Council to vote on $120M lease review bond

SAN DIEGO - San Diego Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said he has a plan that could mean repairs for the city's streets and sidewalks.

Jim Platt has lived on Centre Street in Hillcrest for about seven years, and he said the potholes on his street have been an ongoing problem.

"We've tried to do everything we can, but no action yet," said Platt.

He told 10News a neighbor recently tripped, fell and bruised his knee after stepping in a pothole at night.

"If the street was repaved, I don't think would've happened," Platt said.

However, poor street conditions aren't the only problem the city faces.

Engineering students from San Diego State University are walking around neighborhoods noting areas in need of repair. They found about 30 spots on just one block in South Park.

"And this is one of the nicer areas of San Diego," said intern Ray Lindeman II.

It's the first time in the city's history that the sidewalk conditions are being studied. The information will be used as part of a plan Gloria said he will send to the City Council for a vote next Tuesday.

"Next week, the City Council will consider a city bond that I've asked for in the amount of $120 million. This is a down payment on our infrastructure needs in our neighborhoods," said Gloria.

The city has about 5,000 miles of public sidewalks and currently spends $400,000 annually for repairs. Gloria would like that number increased to $1 million.

However, maintaining city sidewalks is a shared responsibility. According to the California Streets and Highways code, it's up to the homeowner to repair sidewalk damage in front of their property, and the city is responsible for tripping hazards.

"We're going to consign ourselves to these kinds of sidewalks for the rest of time if we don't start taking a different approach," Gloria said.

The plan also sets more money aside for streets. San Diego now spends $40 million each year on road repairs, and that would go up to $43 million.

"It's infrastructure that's holding us back, and if we can tackle it and solve this problem, I think we're going to be good to go," said Gloria.

Platt hopes a plan is in place soon because his street is set to be repaved in two years.

"It would be such a plus for our city to have better roads, it really would be," said Platt.

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