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.
Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, a non-profit organization serving ill and injured warriors, broke ground on a second transitional housing facility in San Diego Wednesday.
A one of its kind daycare center for people with Alzheimer's disease, as well as other types of dementia, will soon be open to the public.
About 175 people in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers rested up Thursday ahead of the final leg of their monthlong journey to seek asylum in the United States, with the Trump administration warning they could be prosecuted, detained and quickly deported.
About 130 Central Americans, mostly women and children, have arrived at the U.S. border with Mexico in a "caravan" of asylum-seeking immigrants that has drawn the fury of President Donald Trump.
A Los Angeles Police Department officer has been charged with attempting to transport two people in the country illegally through an immigration checkpoint in Southern California.
The union representing more than 25,000 University of California service workers and medical technicians announced plans for a three-day strike, citing what it calls stalled contract negotiations.
More than 200 kids and their city employee parents participated in the annual "Take Our Children to Earth Day" Thursday.
Mission Federal ArtWalk returns to Little Italy this weekend with a new theme, "Connecting Creative Communities."