UCPG Election March 13: Resident 1B Candidate Statements


There is one contested position for the University Community Planning Group election on March 13: the Resident 1B (south University City) position. Candidates are incumbent Andrew Wiese and challenger Katie Rodolico. The election will take place before and during the March 13 UCPG meeting at the 10300 Campus Point Drive above Green Acres Restaurant. Voting for UCPG seats will be outside from 5 to 8 PM.

The UCPG meeting will begin at 6 PM. The meeting agenda will include the expansion of Costa Verde, the Pure Water pipeline plan for Genesee, and the cell towers at Doyle.

Katie Rodolico: I grew up in University City and attended Curie Elementary as a child. I am active in the community: attending UCPG and am a member of UCCA; I am an active participant in the UCPG Pure Water subcommittee; I have coached and mentored robotics teams; and cheered my kids at UC games. I worked as an engineer for Motorola for 20 years and am a problem solver. I’m an environmentalist and member of Sierra Club. I’m a wife, and mom to two teenagers.

I’m very concerned about the development that has been approved, and is in the approval process. The impacts on our neighborhoods need to be considered. We need to find a balance between economic growth and gridlock.

I am in favor of merging the development impact fees between North and South University City, using the funds for parks, median beautification, traffic calming measures along Governor and a Fire Station in South University City.

Andrew Wiese: A UC resident since 2007, I am a professor and chair of the History Department at SDSU, where I write and teach about the history of urban development, planning, and politics in the U.S. My son, Lucas, is an 8th grader and band member at Standley Middle. As a father, dog owner, soccer coach and player, reader, walker, and birder, I use the parks and public facilities of UC every day. As a member of the UCPG since 2012, I have focused special attention on the protection of our parks and open spaces, on fire safety, improved transportation, and preserving our quality of life for the next generation through smart growth choices.

I am proud of my work on subcommittees reviewing the new North UC Fire Station 50 (set to break ground this year), and the community plan amendment to remove the damaging Genesee widening AND Regents Road bridge from our community plan. I believe that the hallmark of good planning is balance, and I see my role as a representative to listen carefully, to communicate respectfully, to advocate forcefully, to pay attention to details, and to seek solutions that can work for the greatest benefit. In my two terms on the UCPG board, I have learned a lot about our city planning process “that they don’t teach in school,” and I want to use that experience to the advantage of UC if I am elected to a third term.

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