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Boulevard of Broken Promises
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and his administration made numerous promises during the past four years about road repairs and how they would spend a $100 million loan aimed at fixing the city’s worst infrastructure problems. They haven’t kept them.

Promise: Three-quarters of city roads will be in good condition at the end of 2012, Sanders said in 2007.
Reality: It will take five more years and hundreds of millions of dollars more to get 45 percent of roads and other city facilities in good condition and maintain them there, city officials now say.

Promise: More than $70 million in construction contracts for repairs would be on the street in six months, a top public works official said in August 2009.
Reality: Twenty-four months later, the city still hadn’t reached that mark.

Promise: More than 100 miles of loan-funded repaving will be finished by summer 2011, a streets department official said in March 2010.
Reality: Road repairs were halfway done by summer 2011. All of them now are scheduled to be finished by summer 2012.

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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