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CHAPTER 2 The Visioning Process

Inferior infrastructure. The local economy is constrained by highly congested roads,6 substantial delays at the border, the cost of importing water, and an airport approaching capacity, among others. Lack of ability to make difficult economic decisions. Residents and businesses cite the seeming inability of local government to do what needs to be done. The state and local governments’ poor fiscal condition exacerbates this challenge by threatening essential public services.

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3) Educational Quality and Opportunities Education and learning are viewed as critical to the future of the region. San Diegans are concerned that current learning systems are not adequate to meet the challenges of the future. In 2050, the world will look very different. The minority population in our region will become the majority. Technology will make information increasingly accessible. Labor, capital and knowledge will be global and more mobile. Undoubtedly, other changes will occur that cannot be predicted. How will San Diego’s overall learning environment adapt to ensure that the region is a worldclass, international player? Many San Diegans are not satisfied with the current system. Almost one in four do not graduate from high school in four years, and educational attainment levels in San Diego County are lower than those in Boston, San Francisco, and the North Carolina “Research Triangle.” Moreover, many competitive regions are increasing educational attainment faster than the San Diego region.

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Mixed Feelings About the San Diego Region’s Current Education System When rating the overall quality of education for children and teenagers growing up in the San Diego region, values research indicates that opinions are split. Just over half of the respondents rated the current system as excellent or good. Excellent

13% Good

40%

53%

Fair

33% Poor

14% 6

More than 70% of the region’s freeway miles are congested (Rebuild California: The Road Crisis), which is similar to other very large metropolitan areas (Texas Transportation Institution: 2011 Urban Mobility Report).

Our Greater San Diego Vision

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Our Greater San Diego Vision-Full Report  

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