Currently, Otto is heading a planning group subcommittee that is focused on improving the condition of streets and sidewalks. The group has identified 6.35 miles of streets that need to be repaved and 6175 linear feet of sidewalks missing or in disrepair. But that is only a fraction of the total work needed in San Ysidro.
During the subcommittee’s February 4 meeting, subcommittee member and planning group chair Michael Freedman spoke about the importance of identifying needed improvements. At the same time, he expressed frustration that, despite identifying projects, San Ysidro’s list of needed improvements continues to grow. “If projects are not included in the City’s Capital Improvements Program, then it’s very difficult to get any funding,” he said. “But here we are still waiting for projects to get done that we identified 18 years ago.”
Two hours after his meeting with Councilmember Alvarez, Juan Mariscal sits outside his wife Irma’s small apparel store, El Regalo, on West San Ysidro Boulevard. Mariscal doubts that San Ysidro’s infrastructure will ever catch up to the rest of the city’s.
He points north. “You see, there is sidewalk there, and then it stops. It’s nothing but dirt.”