LOS ANGELES — San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer launched a plan April 21 to cut red tape and make it easier for the city to move forward on a program to repair its streets and sidewalks.
Faulconer held a press conference in Logan Heights to discuss a reform package to repair the city's repair system that will focus on technology to increase program efficiency, reduce bureaucracy and provide better financial oversight and cash management.
The mayor proposed more than 20 reforms to the city's infrastructure program. Faulconer said his aim is for hope street repair and similar projects to be completed an average of 20% faster.
The mayor said he held the press conference at Memorial Pool in Logan Heights because reconstruction of the pool was delayed several months because contractors failed to fill out the bidding forms correctly when using an outdated paper system.
One of Faulconer's reforms would create an online bidding system that would help avoid this problem in the future. Just like other websites that use online forms, only completed forms can be submitted. Contractors will instantly know if there are any errors, leading to fewer delays, according to the mayor.
The Memorial Pool reopened to the public in August 2014 after a $3.4 million demolition and replacement project that included a larger pool, installation of a children's play area, new covered bleachers and a picnic area.
The reforms were slated to be presented to the City Council during its April 21 afternoon meeting.