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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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City of San DiegoCandidate for City Council, District 1

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Louis A. Rodolico

Was a Hospital Architect until I retired in 2015
707 votes (1.85%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Construction of the Regents Road Bridge.
  • Maximizing benefit to the community by properly locating Fire Stations
  • Support for the minimum wage. See link https://youtu.be/M7-f7_jiWe4

Experience

Experience

Profession:Was a Hospital Architect until I retired in 2015
Hospital, Exhibit & Commercial Architect, Multiple Employers (1976–2015)
Pro-Bono Community Advocate for a 300 Million Dollar Transportation C, Frankford United Neighbors — Appointed position (1988–1999)
Vice President, Deni Playground Advisory Council — Elected position (1988–1999)
Pro-Bono Community Advocate for Terminal Design, Frankford Transportation Comittee — Appointed position (1993–1999)
Treasurer, YWCA Frankford Philadelphia — Elected position (1994–1995)
President Society of American Military Engineers, SAME — Elected position (1976–1978)

Education

Penn State University 5 year Bachelors of Architecture, Structures, Arts & Architecture (1976)

Community Activities

Have given blood about 120 times, Penn State Blood Bank, American Red Cross, San Diego Blood Bank and other institutions. (1976–2016)

Biography

 

 



I was a Licensed California Architect.  I retired last year.  I worked mostly on hospital projects but was also a Project Architect for the renovation of the Grant Hotel in San Diego and brought the complex Viejas Gymnasium to completion. I worked on the Treehouse at the Philadelphia Zoo and the New Terminal F for the Philadelphia International Airport. I moved to California in 2001, I am married with two children, one in middle school and one in high school. I have 5 siblings and have been appointed legal guardian of both of my parents. In 2008 I built a legal companion unit for my parents to live in behind my house.
 
Things I support:
As a Licensed Architect and pro-bono community advocate in Pennsylvania I provided designs and/or contract documents for: a 300 million dollar transportation center, gymnasiums, a women's shelter, commercial stores/storefronts, playgrounds etc. In College I was President: Society of American Military Engineers. After College: I was on the Board of Frankford United Neighbors Community Development organization, Treasurer of Frankford Young Women's Christian Organization, Frankford Transportation Committee, Bridge-Pratt Businessman's Association, Vice President Deni Playground Advisory Council and coached juniors baseball for 7 years. I am currently a non-board member UCPG. My volunteering includes donating blood which I have done about 120 times.  I also build houses in Mexico with a church group.  My wife, Katie, grew up in UC and attended Curie elementary in the 60’s as a native of San Diego. Katie and I have deep ties to the community.

 I have been involved in community issues here in California as well with presentations and published position papers on: Fire House locations and Regents Road Bridge, mitigating the train in Rose Canyon, the EIR Traffic Analysis and tying an underground Coaster into a UTC transit center.

Frankford Transportation Center - $300 Million Project: I have the patience to steer community projects to optimize benefit. For example, in Philadelphia in the early 90's there was a very dangerous 5 point intersection underneath the elevated Bridge-Pratt train terminus. With sharp acute angle sunlight, steel pylons, water dripping and ice melting from the tracks above and road ice the intersection was extremely dangerous with an inordinate amount of fatal and near fatal accidents. When I heard that the Terminal Station was to be upgraded, I jumped on the opportunity to relocate the train. Moving a train track is a really big deal and at first I was not taken seriously, maybe more of a gadfly. Over time I continually pressed the case and was able to graphically demon-strait the advantages of moving the train. My proposal showed the 5 point intersection converted into a standard cross street, but not under the Terminal, the Terminal and tracks were eventually moved off the street and onto SEPTA property. My proposal also showed an additional 3 point intersection.  An extremely dangerous 5 point intersection was mitigated. It was this experience that drives me to see the Regents Road Bridge completed. I am willing to tolerate ridicule if it saves lives.


Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am running to: protect the environment and make the community a safer place while better optimizing taxpayer dollars.As your councilperson I will protect the environment, improve safety and maximize taxpayer dollars.  I will not avoid the work necessary to complete the Regents Road Bridge.  With this issue politicians have chosen the path of maximum fundraising and least resistance.  Each year that we do not build the bridge generates about: 15 additional major accidents, cost 14 million dollars in fuel and lost productivity and adds 10 million pounds of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.


The same can be said of the two proposed UC Fire Stations, where only one is necessary.  Here I will perform the work of good governance and work to place a Fire Station central to University City.  An extreme western location provides 9 minute service times to east UC, where 6 minutes is the standard.

 

Position Papers

How construction of the Regents Road Bridge is necessary.

Summary

Overloaded Genesee Avenue corridor needs Regents Road Bridge, Issues: Car accidents, deaths, injuries, pollution, man hours wasted & gasoline wasted.

http://www.clairemonttimes.com/2016/02/10/102317/a-new-look-at-a-regents-rd-bridge

New Fire Station for University City

Summary

Citygate shows 2 new fire stations for the 2016 ballot. This paper discusses how one fire station would be more economical and provide better service times.

http://www.clairemonttimes.com/2016/03/07/104397/university-city-one-fire-station-or-two

Why the Regents Road Bridge Is Key to Health, Wealth and Our Environment

Summary

How the economics and safety work with building or not building the Regents Road Bridge

Why the Regents Road Bridge Is Key to Health, Wealth and Our Environment

 

One of the main reasons I am running for City Council is to increase safety in my community.

The original University plan had three highways of four lanes each crossing Rose Canyon and unifying the University area. Governor to Gillman was taken out of the plan years ago. Genesee Avenue was built in the 1960s.

The wrestling match now is whether or not to build the four-lane Regents Road Bridge so there would be 8 lanes in service. Not building the Regents Road bridge generates an additional 15 major accidents each year due to funneling all the traffic meant for 12 lanes into four lanes at Genesee.

Louis Rodolico, San Diego City Council candidate in District 1. Photo courtesy Louis Rodolico

The main impetus for my running is that I do not want to leave those lives and injuries on the table. An additional consequence of not building the bridge is that we may now need two new fire stations instead of one.

Ironically, one central fire station would provide better emergency service times. According to the Citygate report, each new fire station costs $232 million a century to operate. So the expense of an additional fire station, the costs of traffic, man hours and gas, medical costs and repairs to vehicles costs us about $14 million for each year we do not have the bridge in service.

Another cost is to our high-tech sector in UTC, which is struggling with all the unnecessary traffic. If you listen to a high-tech entrepreneur or businessperson, they will tell you good roads are good for business.

At the other end of the age spectrum, the Friends Of Rose Canyon take our children on tours of the canyon and tell them the bridge will destroy the canyon forever, will be an environmental disaster, while FORC, simultaneously, ignores the Climate Action Plan.

The only environmental disaster is the 10 million pounds of carbon dioxide that is being pumped into the atmosphere each year as a direct result of not building the bridge.

The only properties that will be affected are those immediately adjacent to the bridge. These homeowners bought their homes at a lower cost because of the upcoming bridge. Their lobbying against the bridge is a way to increase their home value at the expense of everyone else in the city.

Houses with oversized lots on Regents Road will be able to sell off unused portions of their lot if Regents Road becomes two lanes; this could bring these homeowners a half-million dollars or more. Every election cycle, candidates who promise to defeat the bridge line up to collect donations.

Looking east toward the Regents Road Bridge site. Photo via Louis Rodolico

The The University Community Planning Group is charged with representing community needs and making recommendations to City Council. The majority of the community wants the bridge built, but they are excluded from UCPG board positions, so the word “Community” in UCPG represents a minority of residents only.

You will not get a UCPG board seat if you want the bridge built, period.

I was at the March UCPG elections. In my opinion, seniors who live within three-quarters to a half-mile from the proposed bridge were brought in to vote against candidates who support building the bridge.  They had false fears that the bridge would drop their home values by $100,000-200,000, bring crime and overwhelm their streets with traffic.

What they end up voting for is longer travel times from their house to a hospital. In west University City, the ambulance must loop around on the interstate or go all the way to Genesee. These seniors vote against their own mortality to benefit a few dozen homeowners.

All three UCPG voting areas have one thing in common — all three areas intersect at the Regents Road Bridge site. The overwhelming majority of residential members on the board live near the proposed bridge.

If it were true that property values for houses a quarter- or half-mile from the bridge would drop $100,000 or $200,000, then the majority of the board should recuse themselves from voting on any bridge decision. At that point, they would not have a quorum.

To get around this, UCPG makes the bridge purely an environmental issue while simultaneously ignoring the unnecessary carbon dioxide generated and the city’s Climate Action Plan.

Let’s look at who is making the decisions. A judge ruled in 2007 that the bridge EIR was defective and needed to be resubmitted. That’s one person. In 2010, one council person, in a subcommittee, made the deciding vote on tabling the EIR, so the bridge remains in stasis.

The last thing the UCPG and the Friends of Rose Canyon want is a city ballot issue to defeat the bridge because that would involve all the voters and surveys show overwhelming support for building the Regents Road Bridge.

Louis Rodolico is a San Diego City Council candidate in District 1. 

Videos (3)

— May 15, 2016 Louis, Kathryn and Rigo Rodolico

Minimum wage, an analogy using sugar cubes as opposed to granulated sugar. 

Television interview on KUSI May 24, 2016 — May 25, 2016 KUSI Television, San Diego

Television interview on KUSI May 24, 2016

Channel 10 News interview with Louis Rodolico — May 25, 2016 Channel 10 News, San Diego, CA

Channel 10 News Interview, May 22, 2016

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