San Diego City Council approve historic infrastructure spending

Posted at 2:18 PM, Jun 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-11 22:39:29-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego City Council members Monday approved the $3.8 billion budget proposed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer, which called for San Diego’s most significant infrastructure spending to date.

The plan allots $633 million for city streets, parks, and water system, among other improvements.

"After decades of neglect, we have a lot more to do, which is why I’m focused on fixing more streets, building more parks and making more neighborhood upgrades than ever before," Faulconer said in a May release. "We also need to invest in aging buildings like those in Balboa Park so they stand the test of time and that’s exactly what this budget will do."

Among the budget items:

Pure Water: $121 million to create an independent, drought-proof local water supply

Building repairs: $101 million to fix and improve Balboa Park, fire stations, libraries, lifeguard stations and recreation centers

Transportation: $108 million toward road paving, traffic signals, sidewalk improvements, and bridges. This includes funding to fix about 390 miles of streets.

Parks and Rec: $16.5 million for Mission Bay Park, Chollas Lake, Hickman Field Athletic Area, and Skyline Hills Community Park 

Water system: $17.6 million for stormwater upgrades to channels, pumps, storm drain pipes, and watersheds.

Faulconer's entire proposed budget can be viewed on the city's website.

10News reporter Steve Fiorina will have live updates on the budget discussion on The Now at 4 p.m. and 10News at 7 p.m.