Rep. Jacobs visits Hillcrest City Council for the last time – San Diego Downtown News

By DANIEL MERK-BENITEZ

In what is likely her final visit to Hillcrest City Council as our representative, Congresswoman Sara Jacobs provided an update on her recent work on Capitol Hill. Due to the redistribution taking effect in January, Jacobs will no longer serve the community of Hillcrest. However, she candidly shared that Hillcrest is her favorite neighborhood and that she will continue to hold a special place in her heart for our community.

Jacobs considers access to reproductive health care his most important and urgent work. Following the reversal by the Supreme Court of Roe vs. Wade, she works with other members of Congress to codify the right to abortion and protect access to contraception. Jacobs is also working to bring in legislation that will protect those who cross state lines to access reproductive health care.

In what is tangentially related to this fight, Jacobs highlights the My body, my data act which will protect sexual health data and ensure companies can only retain the information they need for the specific services an individual is seeking. If adopted, it will ensure that patient data cannot be shared or sold. It came after a national concern over whether fertility and period tracking apps could be used to determine if someone had had an abortion.

Childcare is another top priority for the MP. She was able to secure $4 million in the upcoming year’s budget for improving and expanding child care in San Diego. Half of this allocation will go towards strengthening access to childcare for San Diego employees, while the other half will be invested in the San Diego Armed Services YMCA.

Jacobs thanked those in attendance for volunteering to help make Hillcrest and San Diego a better place. She expressed her gratitude for the support she has received as our representative over the past two years.

The meeting continued with a presentation by Brittany Bailey, Grants Manager for the Mayor’s Office, on the Normal Street Promenade. The project, which has been in development for five years, is entering the final design stages and is expected to begin construction in the summer of 2023.

The $18 million project is jointly funded by the city and SANDAG and will redevelop the over-wide street to include a linear park and pedestrian promenade. In recent design changes, a rainbow cycle path has been added. The south end near University Avenue will see an expansion of Pride Plaza and allow for more space for gatherings and events. The project will also include the planting of dozens of new trees, seating areas, recreational spaces and play structures.

Bailey expects construction to take approximately 18 months, with a grand opening scheduled for fall 2024. This project is long overdue and will finally give Hillcrest a park within its neighborhood boundaries. The Hillcrest Farmers Market will operate in the expanded boardwalk space, and new community events and programs will also be added.

The next Hillcrest City Council meeting will be Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. For more information, visit HillcrestTownCouncil.org.

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