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City of San DiegoCandidate for City Council, District 1

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Louis A. Rodolico

Environmental Journalist
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Transparency in government.
  • Complete 3 bridges in District 1. Which will improve ambulance service times, conflagration egress, less driving miles and pollution.
  • Bring In-Lieu fees up to a responsible level. See



Profession:Was a hospital architect until I retired in 2016
Carpenter 1976-1980, Designer for Architectural Firm, Hospital Architect, Venturi Rauch & Scott Brown 1980-1986, Multiple Architectural firms 1986-2016 (1976–2016)
President, Society of American Military Engineers — Elected position (1969–1971)


Pennsylvania State University Associate degree in Engineering and Bachelors of Architecture Penn State, Design and construction of buildings. (1986)
Pennsylvania State University Associates in Engineering and Bachelors of Architecture, Building Engineering principals, design etc. (1976)

Community Activities

Identified and pushed sucessfully for correction of ambulance safety issue, Published Clairemont Times: (2018–2019)
Baseball coach 7 years, Support other coaches 4 years, Have donated blood 1, Deni Baseball, UCLL in UC (1991–2016)

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of San Diego (3)

What are the three biggest challenges facing this region in the 2020s, and how can you use this office to help our community prepare for (and meet) those challenges?
Answer from Louis A. Rodolico:

Transparency in government, way too many deals in back rooms that hustle council into making poor decisions.

Balance our budgets. Currently each citizen owes local state and federal governments a total of $70,000 We keep giving more money and power to corporations.

Complete our infrastructure and stop putting foreign owned corporate profits above our public safety. See this article:


What action (personal or professional) that you have taken most exemplifies how you would execute the duties of the office you are running for?
Answer from Louis A. Rodolico:

Have been a pro-bono community advocate for 40 years. Have identified political and other problems in the community and have published about 70 articles. You can search Louis Rodolico and most current topics and you should find at least one article. Example of my activity, where I saw a big problem with ambulances entering intersections with no siren, horn or flash at high speed with a red light. A colision was inevitable. I identified the problem after much research and the trees were trimmed so the traffic signal sensor could see the request from the ambulance request for clear passage See this article updated with photo showing trimmed trees     Collissions at Governor & Genesee

How do your plans to help the City address the many causes and impacts of homelessness balance the rights and needs of all?
Answer from Louis A. Rodolico:

Have worked since 2004 to make companion units aka granny flats a reality, testified at many council meetings wrote countless letters over 16 years on the topic, see this published article;  

Council Action to up "Granny Flats" La Jolla Light 9-14-17 Page 22


There is a big problem with in-lieu fees I try and lay it out in this article:   Insulation from Constructive Criticism Is a Prerequisite for Failure

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Pro bono community advocate about 50 articles published in the past 4 years

Insulation From Constructive Criticism Is a Prerequisite For Failure

Are Only the Rich Welcome in California?

Commentary Louis Rodolico


How many times have you seen an individual or organization stubbornly refuse to listen to those around them? Sincere people telling them flat out what they are doing wrong. Only to witness with dull surprise as that individual or organization fails.

Many, if not most of us, have been saying for some time that we are not building enough affordable and low income housing. Vacancies are at an historical low, see: Who wants to work in a state where you have to live in your car or in a box? Individuals with earning power, but not enough to qualify for the small amount of low cost housing available are leaving California. Over 15,000 are leaving California each month. California is set to lose a congressional seat after the 2020 census. Census Link:

So that does not add up, people leaving but a shortage of housing? The controversy over the citizen census question drove immigrants to blue states like California therefore putting pressure on the availability of low cost housing. Red states may boast their Christian values but they support politicians who drive immigrants out. Immigrants have always invigorated America and progressive states like California will invariably reap the benefits.

But for now we need to add low cost housing (also known as inclusionary housing, which includes affordable housing and low income housing). Unfortunately government continues to provide paths for developers to build an excess of luxury housing. California put in the requirement that 10% of all new housing needs to be inclusionary. However there is a back door where developers can pay a low In-Lieu fee to sidestep this requirement. Housing construction costs about $250 per square foot. So you would think that when a developer ops out of inclusionary housing then the In-Lieu fee should be around $250 per square foot, or greater if you include the cost of land. In the city of San Diego it is $12 per square foot and developers routinely opt out. This has resulted in ½% of inclusionary housing being built with the current In-Lieu fees, not 10%, see graphic.

It is not just the City of San Diego that does this. Other California cities do as well and each city has its own unique set of legislative requirements which makes it almost impossible to compare them. The state can level the field by setting minimum In-Lieu fees at about $250 per square foot thereby not leaving it to the discretion of local governing authorities. Further; In-Lieu fees should be indexed to inflation and be adjusted to reflect local construction and land costs.

I for one do not espouse to a society where we live in luxury or in a box. By not providing low cost housing we harm the most vulnerable among us and we will continue to erode California’s future middle class. We are wealthy enough to resolve this failure. We should give our elected representatives more leeway to resolve this issue. We need to override the excessive influence of lobbyists and big money here in San Diego.

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