This year’s “neighbor of the year” was Tyler Badet, a Point Loma High senior who helped rescue two surfers at Sunset Cliffs.
“I don’t feel I deserve this recognition, the San Diego Lifeguards deserve all the recognition,” said Badet in a video spot. He also credited San Diego Junior Lifeguards for their training.
Recognized for being a top nonprofit was Shoreline Community Services and Caryn Blanton.
“We work together engaging the community to solve issues, like helping the unsheltered transition to permanent housing,” said Blanton. “We connect people to the resources they need that will move them into self-sufficiency.”
“I am proud to represent District 2 and the entire City as San Diego Council president,” said Campbell. “Twenty-twenty was one of the most trying years in recent memory for our City and country with many tragedies, including loss of loved ones and economic devastation from the pandemic. And it was a clear reminder that we have a long way to when it comes to racial justice. All of this while the planet experienced the second-highest temperature year on record.”
But Campbell stressed the positive amid the chaos.
“Those of us who could work from home helped to keep others safe,” she said. “We ran errands for those who could not. We supported our heroes – public health professionals, postal workers, and grocery store clerks. We realized we can get through this. And we realized we are all in this together.”
There were a “number of wins for our community and our district” in 2020, said Campbell.
“We (City Council) supported COVID relief for workers, renters, landlords, and small businesses,” she said. “We placed a moratorium on COVID-related evictions and extended sick leave to hourly workers.”
The council member cited progress on combating homelessness.
“The City and council opened up Operation Shelter At Home at our convention center to find permanent housing for our homeless community while protecting them from the pandemic,” she said. “In just nine months, we helped provide housing and wrap-around services for more than 1,200 homeless people and 45 homeless families.”
Campbell touted her record on short-term rentals.
“In 2020 we saw a true breakthrough on one of San Diego’s most vexing issues: short-term vacation rentals,” she said. She claimed her newly passed STR ordinance accomplishes two goals: increasing housing availability for San Diegans by capping STR numbers and establishing rules of the road for holding STR owners/users accountable.
“The licensing and registration of STRs will allow us to enforce the new rules and crackdown on parties, noise and trash by the bad actors,” Campbell said. “Those STRs have gone unchecked for years and it’s only getting worse. It’s time to have a real solution.”
The council president also defended her stance favoring removing the 30-foot height limit from the Midway District.
“Midway is in desperate need of an upgrade to bring it into the next generation of great San Diego neighborhoods,” said Campbell. “This can become a reality due to the overwhelming passage by voters of Measure E.”
Campbell talked about work that lies ahead in 2021.
“We’ll be working on dealing with an issue that is long overdue, regulating street vendors,” she said, adding she’ll be re-instituting her “Java With Jen” coffees to talk with constituents directly in all of her District 2 neighborhoods.