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From Linkage Fee To Mt. Soledad, San Diego Mayor Provides Update

Evening Edition

Aired 6/30/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

From Linkage Fee To Mt. Soledad, San Diego Mayor Talks City Business

Kevin Faulconer, Mayor, City of San Diego

Transcript

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined KPBS Midday Edition for his monthly update on the business of the city.

It's been a busy four weeks since his last visit:

The City Council approved the mayor's nearly $3 billion budget in an 8-1 vote earlier this month.

The budget extends library hours, increases officers in police academies, provides additional fire academies and a temporary fire station in the Skyline neighborhood to reduce response times, and adds more money for infrastructure projects.

The city's financial plan also includes funding for a program manager to oversee San Diego's various sustainability programs, streetlight installation, parks projects, fire equipment and a lifeguard at Windansea Beach.

Addtionally, Faulconer weighed in on the announcement from the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Mount Soledad cross dispute. The high court said it will not intervene.

City News Service contributed to this story.

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laplayaheritage | June 30, 2014 at 9:39 p.m. ― 6 months ago

There is enough money siting in the bank for both year round Emergency Shelter Tents and permanent solutions.

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Due to a lack of political leadership in identifying multiple funding solutions at the City, County, State and Federal levels, 350 San Diegans will be EVICTED kick out of the Veterans and Downtown Homeless Emergency Shelter Tents today. Closing down the Homeless Emergency Shelter tents will not end homelessness in San Diego, but instead create more blight and misery for all.

In addition, the City of San Diego's annual Homeles Shelter Crisis that gets rid of CEQA and Conditional Use Permit (CUP) issues ended on June 25, 2014. No one in the City Council, Mayor's office, or San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) has brought forward the issue of renewal of the annual Homeless Shelter Crisis by the deadline last Wednesday.

Please see the attached documents for the FY-2015 San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) Housing Authority Budget hearing on June 9, 2014 for Item 150. As shown on Page 4 the San Diego Housing Commission report, $9,893,122 is available for Homeless Services and Affordable Housing through an existing and ongoing Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

At the City Council hearing for Item 150 the FY-2015 Affordable Housing Fund Annual Plan and San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) Budget, after our testimony, SDHC staff stated that $10 million is currently available through an existing ongoing Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), and any one who wants this SDHC money can ask for it. I recommend Project 25 and the 25 City taskforce use this money immediately for permanent supportive rental housing for the chronic and Veterans Homeless population, instead of letting the money sit in the bank for another year. The report states that the SDHC wants to wait to put out a NOFA for FY-2016, and leave the $10 million in the bank.

On June 17, 2014, the City Council as Successor Agency approved ROPS-6 Line Items 103 to 105 totaling $1.89 Million from the 1999 Naval Training Center (NTC) Homeless Service Agreement. There is still an outstanding balance of $311,887 that needs to be expended in future ROPS periods, before the NTC Homeless Agreement is finalized. This $311,887 could be used immediately to keep both Homeless Tents open if there was a will by politicians.

In addition, the Civic San Diego' Successor Housing Entity's Affordable Housing Plan promised a NOFA in Spring 2014 in time for FY-2015 with Successor Agency assets, Unencumbered Bond Proceeds, and the annual $10-$20 million in other Revenue sources.

Other funding sources include the annual $21 million in Tax Sharing Payment from the Successor Agency to the County of San Diego Centre City Redevelopment Fund through the 1992 Agreement for Cooperation that has yet to be implimented or enforced after 22 years.

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