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Mayor Faulconer Lays Out Ambitious Plans For Final Year In Office

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer at Balboa Theater during his State of the City address on January 15, 2020.
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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer at Balboa Theater during his State of the City address on January 15, 2020.
Faulconer focused on housing and homelessness. He said he'll ask the City Council to approve an initiative that would let developers build denser and taller housing near transit stops.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer delivered his sixth and final State of the City address last night, laying out ambitious plans for his last year in office.

To ease the city's housing shortage, Faulconer said he will ask the City Council this spring to approve an initiative that would let developers build denser and taller housing near transit stops. The builders would have to set aside more homes for low-income households and pay for more neighborhood improvements like parks and sidewalk repairs.

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He spent part of his speech decrying state laws that lowered criminal penalties for drug use. He said they have contributed to California's homelessness crisis. He also said he will lead a statewide voter initiative related to homelessness, though he didn't give any details.

KPBS Metro reporter, Andrew Bowen, joined Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss the mayor's priorities in his final year in office.