A 21st Century infrastructure will improve our quality of life from removing toxins like lead and asbestos from our homes to connecting communities with environmental infrastructure, to affordable high-speed internet for everyone.
- California’s Infrastructure Gets C- in New Report Card
- We need a $20.8 million investment in our energy, water, transportation systems, community building projects
- The California Transportation Commission is facing a shortfall of $96 billion
- California now has a legislatively-mandated target of 100% clean energy by 2045, but the true cost of building infrastructure to support this goal is unknown.
- City of San Diego Public Utilities Department operates over 3,000 miles of pipelines. The cast-iron mains, which are almost 100-years-old, are only ten percent of the system but are to blame for around 75 percent of water main breaks.
- The local Federal Communications Commission estimates indicate that $55.5k in funding is necessary to complete broadband internet service deployment so that 70 percent of the District has access to high-speed, reliable broadband
VISION AND POLICY PRIORITIES
TRANSITION TO A 21ST CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE TO TRANSFORM OUR ENERGY, WATER, TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS, AND COMMIT TO BUILDING SUSTAIBLE COMMUNITIES
- Enact a comprehensive, bold infrastructure package that rebuilds our crumbling roads and bridges while also creating jobs, improving resiliency and investing in the green economy
- Mandate local hiring in addition to raising the benchmark for locally prevailing wages in each area, increasing workers’ paychecks
- Target employment for those who have been systematically shut out of economic growth
- Invest in and prioritize communities of color and women-owned businesses, cooperatives and employee-owned firms, and community-owned and municipal enterprises
The threat of natural and anthropogenic stresses, including fires, seismic events, storms, and gas storage mishaps, as well as the elevated cost of service, threaten energy system
Upgrade equipment, introduce smart design, and enrich the right-of-way vegetation management this will prevent electrical and oil/gas infrastructure incidents and, in some
cases, deadly wildfires.
Increase investment in renewable energy that will dramatically impact the overall capacity of the San Diego electric grid.
Collaborate with state and federal regulations by tapping into green Funds to ensure every home meets the standards of 2045 State mandated 100% green transition
ADDRESS THE CLEAN WATER CRISIS
Our city’s water infrastructure continues to age and suffer from a lack of repairs, while new water quality challenges are emerging and neighborhoods are being asked to do more with less support from their local government.
- Fully fund the Drinking Water and Clean Water Revolving Funds
- Create a new grant program for the repair and service of household drinking water wells
- Provide funding for public schools to test and replace drinking water infrastructure
- Provide grants to replace lead service lines serving households
ENSURE CITYWIDE ACCESS TO RELIABLE, HIGH-SPEED INTERNET
- Expand SD Access 4 All program to District 6
- Support the Online Privacy and Security Policy
- Auto-enroll low-income San Diegans in the FCC’s lifeline program to make internet access more affordable and provide grants for these families to afford home computers or laptops so that they have the tools they need to fully participate in the economy
- Provide digital health tools for health care professionals and remove geographic barriers for patient treatment
- Provide a 21st century education for our youth, giving them the digital skills they need for a brighter future