Faulconer brings ‘Meet the Mayor’ series to The Center

Posted: April 25th, 2014 | Communities, Hillcrest, News | No Comments

District three residents quiz new mayor on local issues

Hutton Marshall | Uptown News

On Tuesday, April 22, Mayor Kevin Faulconer arrived at The LGBT Center in Hillcrest, his chosen site for the District Three installment of his “Meet the Mayor” series held in each of the nine San Diego council districts.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer speaks at the official groundbreaking for the 25th Street Renaissance Project in Golden Hill. (Photo by Manny Lopez)

Mayor Kevin Faulconer speaks to an audience of District Three residents during his “Meet the Mayor” forum at The LGBT Center. (Photo by Hutton Marshall)

There, alongside Council President and District Three Representative Todd Gloria, Faulconer opened the event with an update of projects and issues he’s addressed since being sworn in two months prior. Following his introduction, which focused largely on his recently proposed budget, as well as infrastructure spending and the San Diego Police Department, he opened the floor up to a lengthy Q&A session with Uptown residents. Many individuals in the audience got the opportunity to directly ask the City’s chief executive multiple questions.

Questions addressed to Faulconer during the approximately 40-minute Q&A session ranged from racial profiling by police officers to supporting the homeless population to policing the homeless more strictly in Hillcrest.

Hillcrest Town Council President Luke Terpstra asked Faulconer about City oversight of the SANDAG bike corridor plan, which has been criticized for its potential impact on parking spaces, especially along University Avenue in Hillcrest.

Faulconer responded that he and Gloria would ensure the final plan is a “good fit for the community,” but did not speak about specific aspects of the project. A Faulconer spokesperson has previously stated that there will be a formal review process of the SANDAG corridor once SANDAG completes the planning phase, although according to a SANDAG planner for the project, significantly rerouting the bike corridor away from University Avenue is “unrealistic” at the current stage in the planning process.

Protesters from Canvas for a Cause. (Photo by Manny Lopez)

Members of Canvass for the Cause silently picket Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s “Meet the Mayor” forum in District Three for his stance on homeless services, workers’ rights to organize and support of minorities. (Photo by Hutton Marshall)

Another resident asked Faulconer about his opposition to the Barrio Logan community plan, and whether or not Faulconer respects the community plan process, given that he supported efforts by those outside the community to rescind the plan.

Faulconer answered that while he respects the right of communities to tailor their community plans — which dictate growth, development and broad land-use issues — to their individual interests, he said ensuring that the plans work for the city as whole is important to consider.

Faulconer allowed several residents to ask follow-ups to their initial questions, and no arguments or outcries were heard during the course of the event. However, the event was silently picketed by Canvass for a Cause, a local LGBT-rights nonprofit, because of three issues they felt Faulconer was not supportive of: workers’ rights to organize, homeless funding and the rights of “queer and trans people of color.”

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    I am uncertain why, but my question from the audience – which seemed to generate the most audience reaction – is not mentioned in this report. For the record, here is what I asked Mayor Faulconer, and the source documents that informed my question are all available by following the link:

    A block away from us is the Pride Flag and Monument. These have been paid for by holding the Amazing High Heel Races and Pride of Hillcrest Block Parties, in addition to asking individuals and groups for tax-free donations.
    But now all those event patrons who contributed and the donors who gave money are being told that their donations were never supposed to be tax-free and cannot claim them on their taxes, because the charity in charge of all the money was suspended by the Secretary of State for failing to file its taxes — which means that for the last 16 months it has been raising funds and operating illegally.
    It seems that $147,000 was raised but only $38,000 identified as spent; and we have no idea where the rest has gone.
    Mr. Mayor, please, what will you do to help us?

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