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San Diego City Council Candidate Joe Leventhal Announces “Safer Schools” Initiative

Initiative highlights Leventhal’s long-term commitment to education

(San Diego, CA) – Joe Leventhal, candidate for San Diego City Council, District 5, today announced his “Safer Schools” initiative.

Leventhal’s Safer Schools initiative would task the community planning groups with examining the areas within a half-mile of all K-12 schools in the City of San Diego with the goal of increasing safe access to and from our city’s schools. The community planning groups would, in turn, make recommendations to the Planning Commission after soliciting parent and community input.

In particular, the community planning groups would be tasked with considering the need for: additional stop signs, other traffic signs, or traffic lights; speed limits; curb paintings; expanded opportunities for School Safety Patrols; and any other recommendations within the community planning groups’ purview. The community planning groups would also be tasked with ensuring our schools are accessible for those with disabilities.

“The safety of our children has to be a top priority in our city,” said Leventhal.  “Although the City Council has little oversight when it comes to our region’s education, it absolutely has a role to play in keeping our children safe. This initiative is one step toward that end.”

Once elected to the San Diego City Council, Joe will prioritize solutions to reduce homelessness, enhance public safety, and expand road repairs. Joe believes that bold, collaborative leadership, as he’s demonstrated throughout his life, is the best way to approach San Diego’s persistent challenges.

The 5th District includes the communities of Black Mountain Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Miramar Ranch North, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Encantada, Rancho Peñasquitos, Sabre Springs, San Pasqual, Scripps Miramar Ranch and Torrey Highlands. The District’s registration is nearly evenly split between Republicans, Independents, and Democrats.

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