SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A proposal to develop a five-year plan to address San Diego's crumbling roads and facilities will be taken up by the City Council's Infrastructure Committee on Monday.
The plan, if adopted, would give city officials a roadmap for reducing a backlog of capital projects and maintenance that is believed to be valued at around $1 billion. It would be renewed every two years and open to amendments, according to a report by leaders of the city's Public Works Department.
The plan would be drafted through March, vetted by city officials and the public, and finalized next fall, the report says.
The guide would cover maintenance, replacements and new facilities at the city's Civic Center complex, airports, libraries, recreation centers, storm water systems, landfills, pools, police and fire stations, lifeguard structures, streets, water treatment and distribution systems, Petco Park and Qualcomm Stadium, the report says.
City officials have embarked on a series of needs assessments of city facilities and sidewalks so they can get a more specific indication of the scope of the problem.
The City Council has recently taken public testimony on infrastructure priorities, both at City Hall and community meetings.
A limiting factor will be the amount of money available over the next five years.
On Thursday, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria released his five-year projection for municipal finances, which starts with a $19.1 million shortfall in the next fiscal year for basic services.
While the ensuing years offer surpluses, various initiatives approved by the City Council, along with state and federal mandates, put the projected balance sheet back in the red by tens of millions of dollars.
Some of that extra spending approved by the council is infrastructure-related, however, including operating expenses for three new fire stations and expanded library branches, plus debt service on construction bonds.
A woman crashed her car into a home in Talmadge, and police believe she was intoxicated at the time.
Temperatures take a cooling trend into early next week, with only a slight increase on Sunday disrupting the trend.
Northern California crews battling the country's deadliest wildfire in a century were bracing for strong winds Sunday that could erode gains they have made in containing the fearsome blaze, which has killed at least 76 and leveled a town.
Walkers participating in The Susan G. Komen 3-Day San Diego - including News 8’s own Barbara-Lee Edwards - will finish their 60-mile journey on Sunday.
Residents of Malibu who were forced to evacuate because of the Woolsey Fire have begun returning to their homes while others received notice they could return by Monday, as the estimated date for full containment of the fire was moved back to Thursday.
Some residents of Malibu forced to evacuate because of the Woolsey Fire returned to their homes Saturday while others received notice they could return Sunday and Monday, as firefighters battled for control of the huge blaze for a 10th day.
A power outage in central San Diego affecting over 2,200 homes in University Heights, North Park, Normal Heights, Kensington, Talmadge, and West State College was reported early Saturday morning just after 7:00 a.m.
A driver crashed into a home in Talmadge on Saturday, seriously injuring the driver, authorities said.