San Diego mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer aggressively courting voters south of I-8

SAN DIEGO - A perception in San Diego that those who live north of Interstate 8 tend to have better schools and city services than those who live south of the same freeway -- a notion spilling over into city's mayoral race.

"We would walk through this canyon as our walkway," said Dwayne Crenshaw as he showed 10News the dirt path he took as a child to get to his neighborhood park in Chollas View.

His exuberance about the area stops there, and he added, "And here it is today, the same way it was when I walked down this path 30 years ago."

Some believe the area's stunted development is a result of its ZIP code, which is south of I-8. Research shows those who live above the I-8 freeway tend to be white and wealthier than their neighbors south of I-8.

San Diego mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer wants to bridge that divide. The issue has become a major force of his campaign, and with good reason.

A recent 10News/U-T San Diego poll shows Faulconer has a 2-to-1 advantage over opponent David Alvarez when it comes to voters who live on the north side of I-8. However, both men are even when it come to voters who live on the south side of I-8.

On Tuesday, Crenshaw returned to his old blighted stomping grounds south of I-8 to support his friend Faulconer, who held a news conference in the dirt lot to announce a four-point plan to help underserved neighborhoods.

"It's about ensuring that those opportunities are available in every single neighborhood in San Diego," said Faulconer.

10News asked Alvarez about Faulconer's aggressive approach at targeting voters who would normally vote for Alvarez. He responded by saying, "I guess Kevin finally realized that there is more than just north of the 8."

Crenshaw believes Faulconer's plan is a step in the right direction.

Crenshaw said, "To still live here but to have hope that things are still going to change and that I can raise my family here is nice to think about."

On Tuesday, Alvarez picked up an endorsement by state Sen. Barbara Boxer.

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