Christopher Maher

Alice Echo-News Journal

With a bond election just three weeks away, officials with the City of San Diego have scheduled two public hearings to receive feedback and educate the public on the proposed projects and the process for paying for them.

The city council recently voted to call a bond election for May 10 on three propositions to fund improvements to the city.

Proposition 1 would allow the city to issue general obligation bonds not to exceed $4 million for the improvement and drainage of streets within the city.

Proposition 2 would allow the city to issue general obligation bonds not to exceed $315,000 for “fire station expansion and equipment,” money Lopez said would be used to add an additional bay to the volunteer fire department.

Proposition 3 would allow the city to issue general obligation bonds not to exceed $395,000 for the “completion of the construction, expansion, improvement and equipment” of the proposed new city hall.

On the ballot, voters will be given the opportunity to approve any one of the three issues or all of them.

On Tuesday, San Diego Mayor Alonzo Lopez Jr. said he encouraged residents to come to the hearings to learn more about why the council is asking that these three issues be passed.

“I would like for them to show their interest in bettering the City of San Diego,” Lopez said. “I would like to give them the opportunity to vote what they would like for the city.”

Advisors with the city’s bond counsel and financial team will be on hand to present information and answer questions at both hearings, Lopez said.

“I would like for them to come out and vote on those (issues),” Lopez said. “It’s something very, very important that is needed for the city of San Diego.”

The two public hearings will be held Monday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the San Diego Civic Center.

The civic center is located at 210 E. Gravis in San Diego.