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San Diego Potholes Will Be Filled One Neighborhood At A Time

Photo by Claire Trageser

A San Diego worker fills a pothole in the South Park neighborhood on April 29, 2014.

Aired 4/30/14 on KPBS News.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer presented a new plan to fill potholes one neighborhood at a time.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer wants to fill potholes one neighborhood at a time. He said the city used to have a "scattershot" approach, but no more.

"A complaint would come in and then a crew would go out and fix it," Faulconer said at a press conference. "Then they would go on to the next complaint even if it was sometimes halfway across the city.

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"We're not doing that anymore. We will still collect all of those complaints, but we will dispatch a crew to a specific neighborhood for the entire day."

The city's pothole repair crew will fill all the potholes in the neighborhood before moving on, Faulconer said.

A schedule of pothole repairs on the city's website shows the crew moving from district to district. It began in District 1 on April 1 and moved to District 2 the next day, then District 5, and so on.

The crew will visit District 1, which includes La Jolla, Torrey Pines and University City, eight times before June 30. That's the most among the city's nine council districts. It will visit the other districts seven times before June 30.

Faulconer also wants to add 16 full time positions to the city's pothole repair program. That, Faulconer said, will double the amount of asphalt repair the city does each year, from 100,000 square feet to 200,000 square feet.

Fourteen of the new workers would join the city's crews that target larger potholes, according to Faulconer's office. The city would also add one more two-person pothole repair crew that fills smaller potholes, increasing the number of such crews from eight to nine.

These new positions are part of Faulconer's plan to beef up spending on infrastructure. His budget proposal suggests sending $21 million, about 64 percent of the city's $35 million in new major revenue growth, to infrastructure.

The mayor is also supporting an $120 million infrastructure bond that is currently blocked by a lawsuit.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the number of times the pothole repair crew will visit District 9 before June 30. It will visit the district seven, not six times.

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chogueb | April 30, 2014 at 8:54 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

I have a much better idea. Start in district nine and let Kevin Faulkner's supporters in the rich part of town get their potholes filled last. This is so blatant it hurts.

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RoyceKemp | April 30, 2014 at 3:23 p.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

Well, I was skeptical of the article when it made it a point that District 1 was getting the most attention. However, there seems to be a set pattern and it repeats. There is no preferential treatment. All districts are visited equal amounts of time and in a repetitive fashion. The article is mistaken in saying District 9 only has 6 visits, it too has 7 by June 30th. The only reason District 1 has 8, is because that's the first day of a new cycle. They will have all been visited 8 times by July 8th.

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DeLaRick | May 1, 2014 at 7:29 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

The basic idea sounds good. (I would've split the difference and started in District 5, but you can't please everyone.) The unit should be audited at year's end to determine whether the plan worked or not.

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Claire Trageser, KPBS Staff | May 1, 2014 at 8:45 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

Royce, thanks for your comment. You're right that the schedule of districts visited repeats in a cycle. I wrote that these were the number of visits each district would receive before June 30, but didn't intend to imply that those were the only visits each district would receive. You're right about District 9--that has been updated. Thanks!

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Peking_Duck_SD | May 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

Mr. Falconer is not interested in giving preferential treatment with regards to potholes.

He's too busy with FAR bigger goodies to give away to his back-room buddies, namely in the development arena.

It looks like the UT's investment in the new mayor is paying off enormously, and a largely lapdog media is barely mentioning it.

Here is an article buried in the alternative press:

I'm going to assume that KPBS and City news Source have not reported on this yet because they are researching the ramifications of what all this will mean to the future growth of our city and how likely it is the Falconer-Manchester regime will be able to shove down the people's throats things like Manchester's tacky "Navy Broadway Complex", the garish redevelopment of the UT's mission valley site where Manchester and Lynch want a Fox-News style large screen TV and news ticker with which to display their propaganda in lights, and then of course a shiny new Chargers stadium downtown that will make Manchester ever richer but the city poorer!

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Missionaccomplished | May 1, 2014 at 8:41 p.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

So right, Quackster.

Benzzz doesn't want to pay his taxes so he gets to fill in his own pie--I mean pothole.

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JeanMarc | May 2, 2014 at 9:25 a.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

I hope they fill the potholes soon. It bugs me when I ruin a $600 tire and have to go through the inconvenience of filing a claim with the city's risk management office for the cost of that, plus an alignment.

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DSpurgeon | May 3, 2014 at 2:12 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

For a real thrill drive just recently completely refinished Kite St from Sutter to Union in South Mission hills. Just like being on the ocean in a 36' sailboat. AT least there are no potholes!

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