Column: Bringing people together on local projects
Published - 09/25/19 - 08:21 AM | 12265 views | 590 590 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print

I am committed to creating local government that is inclusive, equitable, transparent, and accountable. In practice, we should ensure that the voices of residents are included in issues that matter to the community. This includes engagement on the following projects:

Harriet Tubman Joint-Use Park

Recently, I was proud to join community members and staff from the San Diego Unified School District and Harriet Tubman Village Charter School for the groundbreaking of the long-anticipated joint-use park.

This project has been decades in the making, and it is truly a community-generated effort that came together through the city’s Capital Improvement Program. My office ensured that the community was heard in the design and development process to create a park that best serves the charter school students and community members.

This park is important to providing more green space and more places to come together with neighbors in the College Area. When complete, the park will be used by the students during school hours and will be open as a public park to the community after school, on weekends, and during school breaks.

I look forward to celebrating its grand opening with you in the spring of 2020.

Improvements to Clay Park 

Earlier this year, I convened staff from the Mayor’s Office, San Diego Police Department, the city’s Parks & Recreation and Environmental Services departments, the San Diego Unified School District, and other organizations to work with Rolando Village residents regarding improvements they want to see at Clay Park.

As a result, the San Diego Unified School District has installed perimeter fencing around the joint-use field and further improvements identified by the Colina del Sol Recreation Advisory Group are expected to be completed later this year or early next year.

College-Rolando Library

This year, I have been working with community residents to ensure that concerns about access to parking for the College-Rolando Library are addressed as an adjacent property is being redeveloped. It has been a priority that the community is heard and that discussions are transparent and accountable. I look forward to an agreement that works for both residents using the library and visitors using the hotel.


Council President Georgette Gómez represents the 9th Council District of the city of San Diego, which includes the communities of Alvarado Estates, City Heights, College Area, College View Estates, El Cerrito, Kensington, Mountain View, Mt. Hope, Rolando, Southcrest, and Talmadge. She is the chair of the Metropolitan Transit System, chairs the city of San Diego’s Rules Committee, and sits on the SANDAG board of directors and Executive Committee.

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