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December Newsletter

Infrastructure Financing Measure Heading to Full Council


As you know, the City of San Diego is in an infrastructure crisis. For many decades while the City struggled with a financial and pension crisis, this core function of government suffered. With those issues behind us, we must now invest our economic growth directly into improvements in our neighborhoods. At this week's Infrastructure Committee, which I chair, we voted to forward my infrastructure financing proposal to the full City Council. If approved, it will be put on the June 2016 ballot.

The "Rebuild San Diego" measure is expected to secure up to $4-5 billion over the next 30 years. It would amend the City’s charter to secure a dedicated funding stream for infrastructure improvements without increasing taxes. Read more about the proposal and my efforts to improve the City's infrastructure.

New Streetlights Create Safe Route to Schools in Rancho Bernardo

Five new streetlights have been installed along Paseo Lucido in front of Rancho Bernardo High School lighting the way for students walking to school. At this time of year when it gets dark early, these lights will create a safer route to and from school for students at both Rancho Bernardo High and Bernardo Heights Middle School. I was happy to recommend this project receive funding through a District Five Community Programs, Projects and Services grant.

National Flu Vaccination Week

Earlier this week, I proclaimed December 6-12, 2015 Flu Vaccination Week in the City of San Diego to reinforce the national movement advocating for people to get their flu vaccination. Kaiser Permanente, one of San Diego's great health organizations, partnered with the City to provide flu vaccines for employees. I also joined American Medical Response, the City's ambulance response partner, to promote their effort to provide free flu vaccinations for our local homeless. This has affected me and my family in a very personal way, which is why I feel so strongly about the importance of getting a flu shot. You can find the nearest flu clinic by calling 2-1-1 or visiting

Preparing for El Niño - Part 3

With the anticipated El Niño approaching, the Fire Department has decided to expand the availability of free empty sandbags to all fire stations. All stations plan to have at least 100 sandbags on hand. They are available for pick-up during normal business hours when staff are at the station. Click here to find the fire station nearest to you. Though the sandbags are available, stations will not have the sand to fill them.

District Five Business Profile - We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym

I'd like to welcome We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym to San Diego's Fifth District. Located in Carmel Mountain Ranch at 10175 Rancho Carmel Dr., WRTS is a gym for kids of all ability levels. They offer classes for all kids, including those with special needs. On weekends, they offer open play all day including a zip line, trampoline, swings, crash pits, arts and crafts, costumes, toys and more. Additionally, they host birthday parties, dance classes and mini-camps when traditional calendar schools are on winter break. You can learn more about We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym including their full calendar of events at