Council in search of some solutions for city’s woes

By Sherri Lightner

I’ve enjoyed working with many of you as we look for solutions to improve our city’s financial health, allocate our water effectively, and improve public safety and our quality of life.

Our neighbors in Carmel Valley, Pacific Highlands Ranch, Torrey Hills, Torrey Pines, and Del Mar Mesa were recently affected by a water main break. Our office worked with these communities, the mayor and the county of San Diego to help to quickly restore water service to businesses and residents.

We also posted a public service announcement video on our Web site and will continue to use our site to communicate with residents during emergency situations.

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We are currently working with the Police Department to increase police coverage, and we are also working with community groups to create more neighborhood watch groups throughout our district. If you’re interested in starting a neighborhood watch group, please contact us.
The mayor presents his budget on April 14. I would like to hear from you about the budget, and we encourage you to attend the upcoming budget hearing on April 16, at 6 p.m. at University City High School, 6949 Genesee Ave.

I am especially concerned about the proposed increases to library fees and park and recreation fees. These proposed fee increases are available on the city Web site’s Park and Recreation and Library home pages:



This week, I asked that the mayor’s proposed increase in parking meter fees be reconsidered after community groups have time to respond and make recommendations. The proposal is available on our Web site. Please contact our office if you’d like to share your comments.

Our office also looks forward to hearing from you regarding the mayor’s water use reduction proposal. I believe there is still much work to be done before the fairest proposal is developed for residents and business owners.

Please contact our office if you have any questions, or if we can be of assistance, (619) 236-6611 or