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According to city staff, San Diego would need to spend $478 million to smooth out streets, $185 million to repair crumbling buildings, and $235 million on storm drains; a total of $898 million to catch up on deferred maintenance. This estimate is based on the assumption that the current conditions will stay the same.

On Wednesday, the Budget and Finance Committee discussed ways to avoid further deterioration of streets, buildings, and storm drains. One proposal is the "status quo model," a five-year financing plan aimed at keeping condition levels as they currently are. The plan calls for ramping up spending to maintain adequate service levels in following years.

Keeping the status quo didn't go over so well with one resident who spoke during public comment. "You're saying, 'Here's funding plan that in five years from now we won't be worse off that the $898 million hole we are in now'? That's a problem, " said North Park resident Omar Passons.

Committee members agreed; however, they acknowledged that there were no quick fixes. "The status quo is not an option," responded committee chair Todd Gloria. "This billion-dollar problem didn't happen overnight. It took a long time to get into and will take a long time to get out of."

Before they move the proposal on to the full city council, committee members asked city staff to come back next month with a list of projects and ways to identify funding sources for those projects.

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SurfPuppy619 Feb. 8, 2012 @ 2:48 p.m.

They need this money to build a billionaire a new football stadium.

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Visduh Feb. 8, 2012 @ 6:08 p.m.

As I drive around the county and observe the condition of streets, the consistently worst-maintained ones are those in the City of San Diego. None are perfect, but here in North County I seldom see anything as bad and for so long as some everyday examples of SD city streets.

If all the foolish spending by the city were to stop tomorrow, that backlog would take decades to work off, and only if everyone kept on it. So, what does that portend for the city? Third world conditions akin to those of India and the rest of the overpopulated hellholes of Asia? Think about it and then weep.

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opassons Feb. 11, 2012 @ 7:58 p.m.

What I attempted to say was that it is a problem if we intend to spend several hundred million dollars over five years to end up with infrastructure that is no better. Also, I should point out that the note about Mr. Gloria's question regarding the status quo not being an option isn't clear above. It's true that status quo isn't an option--but that's NOT because the City won't except the status quo, it's because the proposal doesn't even keep the roads at the status quo. It's five years just to get to a place where our infrastructure isn't deteriorating further. This is not a balance of alternatives. Instead of making painful decisions--which the Mayor attempted to do last year--it settles on sub-par service levels across the board.

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