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Acknowledge "Neighborhood Heroes"

From picking-up trash and removing weeds in the street to taking-down unauthorized signs and mowing the lawns of foreclosed houses, what do you do to take responsibility for the neighborhood and the city and not just for your own private property? Diffusion of responsibility is a big problem since many people assume that someone else will take care of these issues when what is needed are Neighborhood Heroes who take ...more »

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Extend Prohibitions of Panhandling to Also Include Direct Giving

The City of San Bernardino prohibits panhandling but does not yet have in place any prohibition of direct giving to panhandlers. I propose that the City prohibit direct giving to panhandlers and that the City, instead, collect donations for poverty-related programs and services or for private charities that help the indigent. For example, simple signs at freeway exits and in other heavily-trafficked places might ask ...more »

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Create an Educational Program for Responsible Dog Ownership

At the October 2011 Community Builders meeting, noise pollution from excessive dog barking was raised as a concern. Training for dogs, and their owners, should be promoted in order to keep the animals under control and to prevent them from being so unmanageable that they are, in turn, abandoned or sent to the pound.

 

This training may even be made a condition of obtaining a dog license.

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Remove the Below-Grade Section of the 210 Freeway

Across the country and around the world, parts of freeways that travel in urban areas and near places where people live are being converted to boulevards that have slower and quieter traffic and that support local businesses while improving the walkability and the more human scale of neighborhoods. The current thinking among many planners is that expressways are appropriate for more natural and rural areas but that these ...more »

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Create a "Reading Garden" on the Parking Lot of the Rowe Library

Slowing automobile traffic by homes makes neighborhoods friendlier to pedestrians and cyclists, as well as to users of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles. Doing so also reduces noise pollution and increases property values. One of the easiest ways to slow traffic is to add on-street parking, especially the angled kind. The streets around the Rowe Library offer an excellent opportunity to add a little paint and to create ...more »

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Make the Land by the "S"-Curve over Shandin Hills into a Park

As E Street becomes Kendall Drive, the "S"-curve over Shandin Hills is surrounded by underutilized land that is mostly government-owned and that could be made into an interesting park with naturalistic water features that make use of the terrain. This park, along with its trails, staircases, and/or ramps, would also enhance pedestrian and cyclist connectivity across the hill. And, views up E Street could terminate in ...more »

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Expand the Arrowhead Springs Specific Plan to the 210 Freeway

The Arrowhead Springs Specific Plan ( http://www.ci.san-bernardino.ca.us/pdf/DevSvcs/Arrowhead%20Springs%20SP%2011-05.pdf ), which was adopted by the City of San Bernardino a few years ago, describes several new and reactivated uses for the 1,900 acres of the historic Arrowhead Springs Hotel, Spa, and Bungalows property. The Plan, though, does not reach beyond the boundaries of that real estate, which is owned by Campus ...more »

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Change Street-Sweeping Schedules

In other cities, including Los Angeles, street-sweeping in a neighborhood is done on two separate days. One side of the street is done first, and the other is done second in order to give people a chance to move cars to one side of the street or the other so that street sweepers can reach the curbs where most trash and debris collects. San Bernardino could easily modify its own street-sweeping schedules, and I propose ...more »

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Improve the Region's Jobs-Housing Balance and Income Diversity

There are two main goals that southern California, the Inland Empire, and our neighborhood, specifically, must reach in order to fix our economy and to make it sustainable over the long term. The first goal involves the fact that southern California has a major imbalance between the location of jobs and that of housing. The coastal counties suffer from a lack of housing, especially affordable residences, and the Inland ...more »

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Build Bridges Lining the E Street Overpass for Retail Buildings

To enhance pedestrian connectivity with the sbX station and the mixed-use areas, Ponte Vecchio-style bridges supporting retail buildings constructed atop the 210 freeway right-of-way may be in order. Columbus, Ohio pursued a similar strategy, which is in evidence here: http://maps.google.com/?ll=39.973792,-83.002863&spn=0.0049,0.010986&t=k&z=17&layer=c&cbll=39.973792,-83.002863&panoid=NUi-wMAChAVtEp42gzhP7A&cbp=12,357.18,,0,4.66 ...more »

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Encourage Investment / Reinvestment and Discourage Disinvestment

A broad goal for owners and tenants of residential, retail, and office properties in Arrowhead is to encourage investment in the neighborhood through new construction and through better occupancy of existing buildings and to encourage reinvestment through improvements that are made to existing real estate. Disinvestment leads to declining rents and property values, which, over time, concentrate poverty, increase vacancies, ...more »

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