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San Diego's Inequities in Infrastructure Spending

The Commission on San Diego Regional Infrastructure and Equity, a group of “national and local foundations [which] is comprised of 14 members from the three cities and from local organizations,” including the local progressive think tank Center on Policy Initiatives, appeared before the city council budget committee last week to share data on disparities in infrastructure spending throughout the city.

The group’s findings indicate that older communities, particularly low-income areas with a predominance of minority residents, face a much larger funding gap than newer areas in the city. Specifically, they charge that newer neighborhoods receive funding to meet an average of 89% of the area’s identified infrastructure needs, while other communities receive only 26% of needed funding.

Neighborhoods in Council Districts 2, 3 and 4 were hardest hit, say the Commission. Neighborhoods covered by these districts run from the beach communities immediately north of Downtown to the city core itself and areas to the east and southeast.

Commission members say they’ll review case studies from around the country from other cities that have faced similar disparities, and will return to the budget committee by August with recommendations.

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The Commission on San Diego Regional Infrastructure and Equity, a group of “national and local foundations [which] is comprised of 14 members from the three cities and from local organizations,” including the local progressive think tank Center on Policy Initiatives, appeared before the city council budget committee last week to share data on disparities in infrastructure spending throughout the city.

The group’s findings indicate that older communities, particularly low-income areas with a predominance of minority residents, face a much larger funding gap than newer areas in the city. Specifically, they charge that newer neighborhoods receive funding to meet an average of 89% of the area’s identified infrastructure needs, while other communities receive only 26% of needed funding.

Neighborhoods in Council Districts 2, 3 and 4 were hardest hit, say the Commission. Neighborhoods covered by these districts run from the beach communities immediately north of Downtown to the city core itself and areas to the east and southeast.

Commission members say they’ll review case studies from around the country from other cities that have faced similar disparities, and will return to the budget committee by August with recommendations.

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Finally a ray of light on who get the money in SD...

This should be a Mayoral Discussion topic!

May 7, 2012

But you know it won't be mentioned in this or any foreseeable election. It is one way that SD can hide its massive shortfall in keeping things up. Those 'hoods are the ones that tourists don't see, the ones that corporate big-wigs don't see when they're thinking about SD as a wonderful think-tank city, and that even the more affluent residents don't think about much. While the streets in SD are in execrable condition overall, those in areas like Encanto are reverting to being unpaved. But now the rag-tag nature of SD city government is showing up even in Rancho Bernardo. (Try driving Pomerado Road north from Rancho Bernardo Road to the I-15 connection at Lake Hodges. "Rocky Road to London Town" is an apt comparison.)

May 7, 2012

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