San Diego budget to focus on homelessness, road construction, safety

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California Construction News staff writer

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria has released a draft budget for FY 2024, a $5.12 billion spending plan with new expenditures to address homelessness, repave streets and enhance public safety.

Calling it his “Getting It Done” budget, Gloria said the goal was to sustain all funding from the the prior budget year for existing services and increase funding to make progress in key priority areas.

“We built a strong foundation for improving the infrastructure and overall quality of core city services in my administration’s first two budgets,” said Mayor Gloria. “This coming fiscal year, we’re focused on efficiently and effectively delivering on those investments and making substantial progress toward ensuring that, operationally, we’re the well-functioning City government that San Diegans expect and deserve.”

The 2023 “Ready to Rebuild” budget was the largest-ever investment in infrastructure and significantly expand critical capital projects.

The proposed FY24 budget includes about $140 million for street repair/resurfacing – the most invested in any single year – to resurface 157 miles of streets, including full overlay and slurry seal.

If approved, $21.5 million to the Infrastructure Fund to continue making necessary improvements to city facilities, parks and stormwater infrastructure.

Also, the budget includes $38.6 million in capital improvement program funding for parks and playgrounds, and development of new green spaces throughout the city, including projects at:

  • Riviera Del Sol Neighborhood Park
  • Cathy Hopper Friendship Senior Center
  • Ellen Browning Scripps Park Comfort Station
  • Memorial Senior Center
  • Mountain View Teen Center
  • Eugene Brucker Education Center Dog Park
  • Gompers Dog Park
  • Paradise Hills Community Park Dog Park
  • Allied Gardens Off Leash Dog Park
  • Chollas Triangle-Groundwork
  • Olive Street Mini Park
  • Salk Neighborhood Joint Use
  • Clairemont Canyons Academy Joint-Use
  • Marston Middle School Joint-Use

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