MAYOR KEVIN L. FAULCONER’S 2017 STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS
GROWING TOURISM FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE
“Let’s overcome San Diego’s most enduring challenges by voting to expand the convention center, house the homeless and pave our roads. …This is going to be good for our tourism economy, good for our infrastructure and good for our city. I will present the measure to the City Council this year so they can place it on the ballot.”
· Raise the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) paid by hotel visitors to tackle three of San Diego’s most critical issues.
· Expand the San Diego Convention Center to boost the local economy.
· Fix streets in dire need of repair in every neighborhood.
· Save taxpayer money by investing in effective solutions that help the homeless.
Waterfront Expansion of the San Diego Convention Center
- Raise the TOT to fund the contiguous, waterfront convention center expansion.
- Move forward with expansion option that is preferred choice of Comic-Con and other large conventions.
- Give San Diego the opportunity to attract new and larger conventions.
- Create thousands of jobs and bring in millions in tax revenue to support San Diego’s neighborhoods.
Repair San Diego’s Streets
- Use a portion of the TOT to create a dedicated revenue stream for road repair.
- Revenue stream increases over time to fix hundreds of miles of streets.
- Help maintain streets fixed in recent years so they don’t fall into disrepair.
Save Taxpayer Money by Providing Permanent Supportive Housing for the Homeless
- Fiscally responsible solution as studies show that it is less expensive to provide housing for the homeless than pay for emergency services, hospital visits and law enforcement.
- Create City’s first dedicated revenue stream for homelessness issues.
- More than triples the City’s current General Fund contribution for homeless funding.
A NEW APPROACH TO HOMELESSNESS
“On our own, we can do much – but not everything. But together, we can do more – and accomplish anything. Let’s be the city that takes collective and compassionate action. Let’s be the city that puts hope back in the hearts of our fellow man. Let’s be the city that brings safety – and dignity – back to our streets!”
· Reduce the number of homeless individuals on the street and move them into permanent supportive housing.
· Use regional database and assessments to truly connect homeless care ecosystem and ensure all providers are working seamlessly together.
· Provide additional opportunities for San Diego’s most vulnerable residents to get off the street.
· Call to action to civic, business and regional leaders to make reducing homeless top social service priority.
Establish San Diego’s First Connected Assessment System
- Issue a solicitation in February asking homeless service providers for their proposals to build and operate a new assessment center.
- Centers would act as central hub for larger, connected ecosystem.
- Facilities would assess homeless individuals and direct them to a service provider that can give them tailored care to their unique situation.
Increase the Number of Beds Available
- Identify a new facility to add hundreds of emergency beds.
- Expand the SMART pilot program – which launched in December – that offers housing, substance abuse and recovery services as an alternative to jail.
- Secure dedicated revenue stream from ballot measure which will leverage millions in private, state and federal funds to increase the supply of permanent supportive housing.
Bolster Existing Programs to Better Serve Those in Need
- Increase the number of clinicians available for Psychiatric Emergency Response Teams through a partnership with San Diego County.
- Work with regional partners to require all agencies that operate in the San Diego region to share information with a unified database for accountability and allow the entire ecosystem to know where open beds are available in real time.
- Partner with the 2-1-1 information system over the next few months to establish a 24/7 hotline so anyone on the street who wants shelter can learn exactly where to find it.
- Secure increased private funding for the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s successful family reunification program.
NEW PACKAGE TO CONFRONT HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS
“I’m calling on the City Council to approve a housing package to add housing, lower costs and promote smart growth. My plan will increase supply by encouraging market-rate homes while providing incentives for builders to create middle-class, low-income and green housing.”
· Incentivize low-income, middle-class and green housing to increase supply.
· Streamline the review process to approve housing projects more quickly.
· Improve housing affordability for all San Diegans.
· Encourage growth in transit-friendly areas and near employment centers.p
Incentivize Low- to Moderate-Income Units & Sustainable Housing
- The more affordable the housing project, the faster it will get permitted.
- For entry-level and middle-class housing in transit-friendly areas, the City will streamline review and shave months off the permitting process.
- Projects with 100 percent affordable units will get even faster approval.
- Create an incentive program for middle-class housing modeled after the successful Affordable Housing Density Bonus Program.
- Projects that surpass state sustainability requirements will also qualify for a fast track.
Encourage Growth in Transit-Friendly Areas and Near Employment Centers
- Helps reach Climate Action Plan goals by encouraging walking, biking and transit use.
- To qualify for faster permitting and review, projects must be located within a Transit Priority Area.
- Continue aggressive updates to community plans to make it easier for developers to know which kinds of projects are pre-approved for streamlining. The City has updated 11 community plans since Mayor Faulconer took office in 2014 with another eight scheduled for completion by 2020.
Additional Components of New Housing Package
- Updates regulations to encourage more production of accessory dwelling units, also known as granny flats, above and beyond state law.
- Revise parking standards within transit priority areas to increase walking, biking and transit use.
- Issue a Notice of Funding Availability for direct investment in affordable housing projects by leveraging former redevelopment assets.
- Develop a Transit-Oriented Development Fund with Civic San Diego and the San Diego Housing Commission to leverage public funding and provide financing options for small-scale projects near transit centers.
- Publish the City’s first-ever annual housing inventory report providing data on the number of permits approved by the City, number of units constructed and other metrics to better understand housing costs and production.