SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diegans are generally satisfied with where they live and with municipal services like fire protection, libraries, lifeguards, emergency medical technicians and waste collection, according results of a city- commissioned survey released Wednesday.
The survey by ETC Institute of Olathe, Kansas, found that 48 percent of almost 2,500 respondents found San Diego to be an excellent place to live, while an additional 39 percent thought it was a good place to reside. Only 3 percent found San Diego to be poor or very poor.
Thirty-one percent of those who took the survey via phone or filling out a form said San Diego was an excellent place to raise a family, and another 45 rated the city as good.
Lesser majorities rated San Diego as an excellent or good place to work, retire or begin a career. Only 14 percent said the area was an excellent location to start a business, with an extra 26 percent who said it was good.
``I've been pushing for more openness and transparency so city government can be held accountable and achieve results that help build our better future,'' Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. ``We've never done a survey as robust as this one, and now that we have this data, we can use it to make changes and get better results.''
Only 5 percent termed the city's maintenance of streets, sidewalks and other infrastructure as excellent. Another 19 percent said the city was good in that area.
Streets, sidewalks and infrastructure were named by residents as their top spending priority.
``We know infrastructure is the most important issue for our residents and this survey is just a reminder that there is a lot of work left to do,'' said Councilman Mark Kersey, who chairs of the council's Infrastructure Committee.
``By investing more into our streets, sidewalks, libraries, parks and fire stations, Mayor Faulconer and this council have shown their commitment to
this issue,'' Kersey said.
About 43 percent of respondents said city services have improved in quality over the past few years.
According to Scripps Ranch residents, for weeks they've been waking up to deep scrapes and scratches that someone keyed in their vehicles, and on Sunday an arrest was made in connection with the incidents.
One person was killed and several others seriously injured in a head-on crash Sunday in Scripps Ranch.
A 71-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of stabbing her 31-year-old son at least four times with a kitchen knife, when an argument at their San Diego home Sunday escalated into a fight.
The San Diego Gulls will seek their team-record ninth consecutive victory Sunday when they face their rival, the Ontario Reign, at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
Some public facilities will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day and the Metropolitan Transit System will offer reduced service.
Just the thought of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer joining the downtrodden, youthful San Diego Padres sent a morning jolt through the spring training clubhouse.
Cold weather, light rain, mountain snow and gusty winds are all in the cards for San Diego County, forecasters said Sunday.