Skip to main content

Breaking News: WATCH LIVE: The inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris (Posted 01/20/21 at 8:55 a.m.)

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Transfer Of Power | Racial Justice

Gloria Pushing ‘Sexy Streets’ In San Diego

Newly-elected City Council President Todd Gloria wants to make San Diego’s streets sexy, and he wants communities to help.

San Diego Councilman Todd Gloria has coined the catch phrase “sexy streets” as a way of getting people excited about infrastructure improvements around San Diego. But he says it’s time to start talking about how to actually address the city’s nearly $1 billion backlog of infrastructure projects.

Photo credit: Councilman Todd Gloria's Office

Councilman Todd Gloria works his booth at the Adams Avenue Street Fair on September 29, 2012.

Gloria said he wants to present a comprehensive program to voters in two to four years.

He’s open to suggestions on how to fund the repairs and upgrades. But he said the ideas have to come from the community and voters have to know what they’ll be getting.

“As a resident of Hillcrest, I will receive 10 miles of repaved roads, 3,000 linear feet of new sidewalks, a new fire station and a library,” he said.

Gloria listed San Antonio and Phoenix as possible models for a program in San Diego. The TransNet sales tax may also be an example. In 1988, and again in 2004, voters approved a half-cent sales tax that benefits local transportation projects.

Gloria said creating the right program for the city will take time. But he said San Diego is competing against every other city in the world for business and people won’t come here if the city is falling apart.


San Diego News Now podcast branding

San Diego news; when you want it, where you want it. Get local stories on politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings. Hosted by Anica Colbert and produced by KPBS, San Diego and the Imperial County's NPR and PBS station.

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Curious San Diego banner

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.