Our October 5 UHCA meeting will feature Third District San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward, who represents University Heights. He will discuss a number of policy issues facing the City and our neighborhoods, including the homelessness crisis and the recent outbreak of Hepatitis A, which has hit the local homeless population particularly hard.
Councilmember Ward has taken a leading role in advancing proposals for specific actions as part of the City’s response to these issues. He has been working with law enforcement, health professionals, service providers, and state and local governments to develop a comprehensive response that includes long-term, housing-first programs, as well as short-term responses to provide sufficient shelter, health services, and public safety resources until permanent housing comes online.
Councilmember Ward will also provide updates about the University Avenue Pipeline Replacement Project, including work to speed up the street resurfacing, and lessons learned from this project about how to better address quality control and accountability on all city projects.
The Councilmember advocated for increased funding in this year’s budget to address police recruitment and retention. The number of sworn officers in the city has fallen to an unacceptable level—the lowest in 17 years. This will continue to be a top priority to ensure our neighborhoods remain safe and all communities can enjoy the productive, collaborative relationship with the police department that UHCA has built over the years.
Councilmember Ward will explain what the community can expect in regard to recent developments to improve pedestrian and bike safety for everyone through the City’s Vision Zero program and infrastructure projects. He will also solicit recommendations to better improve community safety.
Councilmember Chris Ward was elected to represent San Diego’s 3rd City Council District in June 2016, and took office in December of 2016. He serves as Chair of the Select Council Committee on Homelessness, Vice Chair of the Infrastructure Committee, and as a member of the Environment, Rules, and Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committees, as well as Vice Chair of the San Diego County Regional Task Force on the Homeless. Please feel free to raise questions or concerns during or after the UHCA meeting or contact Councilmember Ward’s office at
email@example.com or (619) 236-6633.