- Jobs and the Economy
- Public Safety
- Quality of Life
- Government Reform
- Finance and Budget
- The Environment
- Supporting Seniors and the Disabled
Jobs and the Economy
Brought Jobs and New City Revenue by Helping to Build Petco Park: In 2000, the construction of the downtown ballpark had stopped because of conflicts of interest involving a former councilmember. Scott had campaigned for the ballpark as a community member in 1998, convinced that this would be a catalyst for rehabilitating the blighted East Village area of downtown. As a councilmember, he led the effort to restart the project. He removed the conflicts of interest, the bonds were issued and the ballpark opened. Now the East Village is energized and beautiful, and a part of the city that used to be a drain on city resources is a showcase ballpark that has sparked $1.2 billion in new direct spending and more than 19,000 jobs. Watch Video
The North Embarcadero Visionary Plan: After a 15 year stalemate, as Port Chairman, Scott helped get this project moving again by forging a consensus between the Port, developers, and a group of environmentalists concerned about public access to the waterfront. The result is a plan that triples parks and public spaces along San Diego Bay, and also creates 400 new jobs, economic development and a spectacular new “front porch” along the downtown waterfront.
Solar Turbines Manufacturing Jobs: As Port Chairman, Scott galvanized local leaders to stand with hundreds of local workers against developers to ensure that Solar Turbines stay in San Diego, protecting 3,800 San Diego jobs.
Convention Center Expansion Project: As Port Chairman, Scott garnered unanimous support from all five Port cities to secure Port funding for the Convention Center Expansion plan which will result in as many as 6,900 permanent jobs for San Diegans.
Rent Relief for Port Tenants: Scott championed a “Rent Relief” program for Port tenants. The Port let tenants whose revenues were suffering as a result of the national financial crisis defer their rent payments in 2009 so they would have enough cash flow to stay in business. As a result, ALL these business stayed afloat and re-paid the debt!
Jobs for the Building Trades: In 2003, Scott supported the Affordable and Sustainable Housing Expedite Program that provided incentives and quicker and cheaper processing of permits for builders investing in affordable housing projects and “green” projects that used less energy, less water and utilized alternative energy sources such as solar.
Business Process Re-Engineering: As City Council President, Scott supported Business Process Re-engineering, which streamlined Development Services processes for homeowners and builders, reduced staff by 54 positions, and saved the City more than $5 million annually and helped support jobs in the building trades.
Living Wage Law: As a member of the San Diego City Council, Scott bolstered the Living Wage Law for city employees. He worked to create language that strengthened and expanded the law, and worked to get the votes needed from his colleagues. As a result, it passed unanimously.
Affordable Housing: As a City Councilman, Scott supported the inclusion of hundreds of affordable housing units in his district, representing 20% of all units developed along the Highway 56 corridor. This helped local teachers, firefighters, police officers, and other working families find homes within the District.
Protected Local Small Businesses: As a City Council President, Scott stood up for local business owners and neighborhoods, by supporting a ban on Super Stores in the City of San Diego in order to protect small businesses from being put out of business by national chains.
Created the Bird Rock Traffic Plan: When Scott was elected to office in 2000, parts of La Jolla Boulevard had become a dilapidated commercial district, with failing businesses and restaurants, ramshackle buildings, and dangerous speeding traffic. Scott empowered the community to create its own traffic plan, with a nationally known walkability expert he hired to consult with them. Following City Council approval of the plan, Scott used developer fees and a $2 million federal smart growth plan to construct it. Today, Bird Rock is a busy small business district where entrepreneurs have thrived and neighbors gather. It has sparked the creation of dozens of new businesses and hundreds of new jobs.
Kept Experienced Police Officers on the Street: When Scott was elected to the City Council, San Diego was losing trained, experienced officers to other cities where the cost of living was lower and the pay higher. As a result, the Department was down 234 officers, or more than 10% of its total force. Each time they had to re-hire and re-train a new officer to fill the void, it cost the Department $100,000. Scott worked to gain Council approval of an 8% pay increase for the men and women who are on the front lines of protecting our neighborhoods and helped the department keep experienced officers on the beat. And it was done without raising taxes. When Scott left office, the city had one of the lowest crime rates in the city’s history.
New Police Station in Carmel Valley: Scott built a new Northwestern Police substation in Carmel Valley where police response times were high because this growing neighborhood did not have a police station of its own. It was staffed with 20 new police officers, which reduced police response times by eight minutes.
Increased Fire Department Budget and Staffing: Scott supported an increase in the City of San Diego’s Fire Department budget by nearly 50% over four years to provide additional firefighters and equipment to reduce response times and boost wildfire response times – all without raising taxes.
Reduced Fire Safety Hazards: Scott developed and supported stricter brush management regulations, successfully lobbied for Coastal Commission approval of them, and added code compliance officers for brush management to reduce fire threats in San Diego.
Banned Toxic Lead Paint: As a City Councilman, Scott stood up to the powerful Real Estate industry and passed a law to eliminate lead hazards for San Diego homeowners and their children. This was a particular concern in poorer neighborhoods where the apartment units and rental homes were older and children were at risk of eating paint chips and getting sick.
Banned Polluting Truck Traffic: As a Port Commissioner, Scott supported the Clean Truck Program to ban trucks that are not compliant with California Air Resources Board regulations from entering Port marine terminals. Protecting air quality in and around the Port and surrounding neighborhoods was critical to protecting the health of the people living in those neighborhoods, especially children who are more prone to the effects of air pollution.
Rehabilitated Fire Station 13. La Jolla is a successful community, but its fire station, intended in the 1970s to be temporary, was ramshackle. The fire fighters called Scott to ask for new window screens, but he felt that the condition of the entire station was substandard. Scott asked an architect friend to estimate what it would cost to redo the station, to add separate sleeping quarters for women and a proper office for the fire captain. He then enlisted the La Jolla Sunrise Rotary to raise the money. The community stepped forward with over $400,000 in donations, and today Station 13 is a source of pride. Watch Video
Opened Fire Station 46 in Santaluz, relocated and opened fire station 47 in Pacific Highlands Ranch, and opened the northwest police substation in Carmel Valley: San Diego has often been criticized for allowing growth without the infrastructure to support it. That didn’t happen with growth in District 1 while Scott was the Councilmember. Scott used developer fees to open our city's seventh police substation and two brand new fire stations to serve these growing communities.
Protected San Diegans by Replacing the North Torrey Pines Road Bridge: This bridge over the Peñasquitos Lagoon had been a bone of contention since 1990, but it had to be replaced. It scored 19 out of 100 on a structural assessment scale (which rated the collapsed bridge in Minneapolis a 52), and its 72 pilings choked the natural tidal flushing so important to the lagoon. Opponents worried about increased traffic on a wider bridge and had prevented replacement. Scott committed to breaking the log jam. He reached out to his colleagues on the City Council and the Coastal Commission to approve a beautiful new bridge with only four footings, which allowed natural tidal movement but no more traffic than before. The gorgeous bridge won the 2005 American Public Works Association Project of the year award, and is today used and loved by even those who were its biggest skeptics.
Quality of Life
Helped Reduce School Overcrowding, Jump-started Canyon Crest Academy: As enrollment at Torrey Pines High School climbed past 3000 students, we heard complaints from parents about overcrowding. At the same time, Scott heard from the school administration that the City was not being helpful with the construction of Carmel Valley's planned second high school. Scott convened the city building department and engineers to make it clear that this was a priority for him and the community. They responded. We got the plumbing, electrical and sewer built so that the school could open on time, and today Canyon Crest is a stunning success.
Brought Traffic Relief by Completing Highway 56: Thousands of homes in and east of Scott's district were constructed on the assumption that this critical east-west freeway would be constructed; but in 2000, 15 years after its planned completion, it was still unfinished. Scott committed himself to see this highway's completion. Working with our regional transportation partners, our local developers and our communities, Scott helped to finish the highway in 2004 and made it possible for thousands of families and employees to move east and west in this congested area.
Built Trails and Trail Connections throughout the City: San Diego's climate makes this a natural place for bicycling, hiking and horseback riding, and improving trails has been a priority for Scott. He made sure that every new development in his district contained trails and trail connections. Since he left the City, Scott has continued to be active in adoption and implementation of SANDAG’s Bicycle Master Plan, and has represented the Port on and served as co-chair of the Bayshore Bikeway Work Group, which is building a 26-mile dedicated bikeway around the perimeter of San Diego Bay.
Created the Super Loop: San Diego has spent over a billion dollars developing the trolley system, which is focused on downtown. But our major job center is now to the north, including North University City, where there was absolutely no transit. Working with the transportation staff and the community, he worked to create the "Super Loop", a circulator that now moves people throughout North UC at frequent intervals, with upgraded stations and traffic priority. The Super Loop has been a tremendous success in the community, and strong demand has led to expansion of the program.
Passed the Transnet Extension: Few issues are more vexing to San Diegans than traffic, yet the 1/2¢ sales tax that funded so many of our road and transit improvements was set to expire in 2008. Scott knew that if we lost that income, San Diegans would notice reduced service. He also knew that we had to present a plan San Diegans would embrace if we were to get them to vote to extend the tax. Scott was deeply involved in creating the package of improvements put before the voters in 2004, and raised more money for the campaign than any other elected official. The passage of Transnet II, with only 3000 votes to spare countywide, made $14 billion available to the region for investments in roads and mass transit.
Banned Smoking in our Parks and on our Beaches: San Diego is defined by our parks and beaches, and they were consistently littered with cigarette butts. Scott worked with a broad range of community members, including the Lung Association, Surfrider Foundation, and the Prevention Coalition, to convince the City Council that it was time to ban the butts. Today, our parks and beaches are cleaner and smoke free.
Banned Drinking Alcohol at the Beach: San Diego was one of the few coastal cities that still allowed alcohol on its beaches, and partiers knew it. Beaches were overrun by drunken partiers, and were no longer appropriate places for families. After a riot broke out in Mission Beach, Scott took action. He imposed a one-year ban on alcohol consumption at our beaches, and then campaigned for a city-wide ballot measure to extend the ban permanently. Residents and visitors and even former ban opponents recognize that the experience of going to the beach has been greatly improved.
Restarted Utility Line Undergrounding: In the 1990s, the City abandoned its plan to force SDG&E and other utilities to underground the unsightly overhead power lines that drape our older neighborhoods. In 2003, the City Council resurrected the plan, working with the local utilities and the state Public Utilities Commission, so that over time, the "graffiti of the sky" would be buried once and for all.
Built the Peñasquitos Skate Park: For six years, the community had fought over whether to site a skate facility in Hilltop Park, a beautiful community park in the middle of a residential area, where the lights and noise from teens could be disruptive. Scott located surplus property owned by Caltrans near a shopping mall and convinced Caltrans to give it to the city so it could serve our community teens. The community itself designed the skate park, the City Council approved it, and today, Rancho Peñasquitos has preserved the pastoral nature of Hilltop Park and created a separate and exciting place for its teens to skate safely.
Turned Sorrento Valley Road into a Park: In 2000, a segment of Sorrento Valley Road had been closed because it was unsafe and had to be reconfigured; reopening this road was an urgent priority for the high tech businesses in the area. However, when a group of environmentalists showed Scott what a treasure the road was without cars, adjacent to sensitive and rare lagoon habitat, he agreed that the road should remain closed to automobile traffic, and got the City Council to agree with him. Today, the expansion of Highway 5 to more than 20 lanes and the opening of the new Carmel Mountain Road exit provides more than enough room for cars, while bicyclists, joggers and rare birds continue to enjoy that special space where cars can't go. Watch Video
Completed 24 New Parks or Major Park Improvements: Despite San Diego's tight budget, Scott was able to complete numerous park improvements to serve the neighborhoods of City Council District 1, including new tot lots, dog parks, field turfing, rest rooms, and 12 entirely new parks.
Opened the Nobel Park and Library: In 2007, the city opened a gorgeous new library on a plateau above a 30-acre park. The facility was funded entirely by developer fees collected to ensure that infrastructure was built as communities grew. Today, the library is a treasured resource for this community of 60,000, and the park gives hundreds of baseball, soccer and lacrosse players in this urban area a wide-open space to play.
Completed the Carmel Valley Road Enhancement Project: While it is in one of the most beautiful settings, adjacent to the Peñasquitos Lagoon, Carmel Valley Road was a safety nightmare for bicyclists and poured polluted runoff into the lagoon. Working with the community and SDG&E on this $6 million project, the city improved the road with new, safer bicycle lanes, pedestrian amenities and protections for the lagoon from storm water pollution.
Kept the Water Authority's Hydroelectric Plant out of Ridgewood Park: The County Water Authority planned a massive $700 million water project, and planned to put it adjacent to a neighborhood park in Rancho Peñasquitos. Scott helped mobilize residents to let the Authority know that wasn't acceptable, and convinced them to spend the extra money to put it in a commercial area instead.
Reconfigured the Throat: Traffic in and out of La Jolla had been jammed up for decades, with traffic clogged in the second busiest intersection in San Diego, known as the "throat." The City Council approved the plan to increase green light time in and out of the village while replacing the 90-year-old water pipes that seemed to break and cause floods every six months. Now the intersection conveys traffic efficiently and has been beautifully landscaped – it’s now an appropriate gateway to La Jolla. This project won the 2004 Project of the Year award from the American Public Works Association.
Created first Ethics Commission: In 2000, Scott was one of a number of candidates for city office alarmed by the conflicts of interest plaguing city government. Together, they pledged to create a city ethics commission. Scott was instrumental in drafting this legislation, which has brought about one of the toughest and most effective ethics commissions in the state, and the first in our county. Since created, the Commission has audited and investigated nearly 700 complaints resulting in more than $100,000 in fines and several referrals to prosecutors. The Commission’s work has resulted in greater public scrutiny of political disclosures, greater transparency, and increased public confidence in local government.
Hired First Independent Budget Analyst: Under the City Manager form of government, a court ruled that it was illegal for the city council to seek financial advice except from the City Manager. That limitation clearly failed us, and as part of the adoption of the Strong Mayor-Strong Council form of government, we created the office of the independent budget analyst, to provide the council and the public with independent professional financial advice separate from management for the first time. Scott hired the City’s first IBA, Andrea Tevlin, a former deputy city manager and budget director from Phoenix-which is regarded as one of the best-run cities in America. She and her small staff have ensured that all of the actions taken by the city council since she took her post in 2006 have been fully informed.
Helped Reform San Diego City Government to Make it More Accountable to the Public: Since 1931, our government was run by an unelected, unaccountable City Manager. In the 1970s, Mayor Pete Wilson tried to convert to a CEO model government, where the power of administration over the city work force would be vested in the Mayor, and the city council would act as a legislature. That failed then and again in the 1980s. In the 1990s, as a community volunteer, Scott worked with other community leaders to propose reforms to city government, to make it more effective and responsive. In 2004, Scott helped lead the effort to put the change before the voters. They adopted City Council's proposals, and beginning in 2006, the city put an end to the secrecy and unaccountability of the city manager form of government.
Audit Committee: For decades, San Diego had no audit committee at all. As a City Council President, Scott led the creation of the City’s 1st ever City Council Audit Committee, then began the effort to get outside expertise to assist. In 2008, the City Council formally agreed to include members of the public on the Audit Committee, to provide greater expertise, transparency and oversight over the City’s internal financial controls, business practices, and accounting.
Independent Auditor: When the City Council transferred the duties of the City Manager to the Mayor, the City Auditor was still reporting to the Mayor. This meant that the auditor, who was supposed to audit management, was reporting to management. As City Council President, Scott helped create a new independent structure for city audits, so that the auditor would report to the Audit Committee and City Council, not to management. Scott hired the City’s First Independent Auditor to promote accountability to the public and to improve the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of our City government.
Finance & Budget
Protected Taxpayers by Eliminating Charger Ticket Guarantee: In the 1990s, the City Council agreed to guarantee the sale of a minimum number of tickets to Charger games, putting the city budget on the line for the success of its football team. Scott's council eliminated that provision in 2003.
Reformed Port Finances: The year that Scott became a Port Commissioner was the first in memory that Port expenses exceeded revenues. The Commission acted, cutting the workforce 15% through attrition and early retirement incentives that will save the Port $26 million. Scott consolidated departments, eliminating management excess, including reducing the number of vice presidents from 13 to 6. The Port accomplished these real reforms together with its employees, without a single layoff or lawsuit.
Ended Pension Under-funding: As a City Councilman, Scott ended the 30-year-old practice of pension under-funding at the City of San Diego, a budgeting practice that began in the 1980s to balance the budget by under-funding the city retiree pension system; after 2008, pension payments declined as a percentage of the city budget because of these actions.
Achieved $350 million in pension-debt savings and eliminated costly benefits: As a City Councilmember, Scott secured $350 million in pension debt savings by working with employees in 2004 and 2005 to reach an agreement that froze pay and required city employees to contribute more of their own pay to fund their benefits. In the same negotiations, Scott eliminated – for all employees hired after July 1, 2006 – the unpopular DROP program, the “13th check,” and purchase of service credits program that was created in 1996. This was real progress, achieved at the bargaining table in partnership with employees, not the illusion of pension savings offered by speculative litigation or ballot measures that will lead to litigation and delay.
Negotiated a More Affordable Benefit Structure for New Employees: In 2008, there were calls to eliminate city pensions at the ballot box, but city employees were adamant about preserving their existing benefits. Scott knew that most employees, who don’t get Social Security, had modest pensions, averaging $36,000 per year after 30 years of work. He also knew that the City would still have to reduce those benefits to be able to afford them into the future. So as Council President, Scott worked with the Mayor and employees to create a new benefit structure that provided modest retirement benefits, but at a lower cost to the city. When fully implemented, the new structure will save the city over $22 million per year. These real savings Scott negotiated were reached without a lawsuit or layoff, and without the expense and uncertainty of a costly ballot measure.
Accelerated pay-off of pension debt: While on the City Council, Scott placed Proposition G before the voters in 2004, which created accelerated pay-off period for pension debt to eliminate negative amortization of the pension debt. For years, the City had been artificially lowering its pension debt by using overly aggressive accounting methodologies. Prop G established a maximum allowable amortization period that was more responsible and more accountable.
Reformed the makeup of the pension board: The pension board was criticized because a majority of its members had pensions in the system they governed. This created a perceived conflict of interest, so Scott supported Proposition H, which was approved by voters in 2004. It reformed the pension board to be controlled by a majority of private citizens with no personal interest in the pension system, creating more confidence in the board’s decisions.
Retiree Health Care Trust Fund: In the 1980s, then Mayor Pete Wilson and the City Council guaranteed city employees lifetime health care in exchange for getting them to give up Social Security. Then they instituted the “waterfall,” a financial practice of using a portion of the pension system earnings to pay for health care. That diversion of assets from the pension fund is the single biggest contributor to our pension deficit. As Council President, Scott stopped the practice of funding retiree healthcare from pension system assets by creating a retiree healthcare trust fund. This new trust fund will help restore the integrity of the pension fund and will ensure accountability for future health care costs.
Safeguarded Local Tax Revenues on the Commission for Tax Policy in the New Economy: Scott was appointed by the Governor to be a representative to this commission, charged with reviewing our 20th century tax system in the 21st century economy. One recommendation, which evolved into 2004 statewide ballot measure Proposition 1A, protected local tax revenues from any further raids by the state legislature, so we can dedicate that money to local police, fire, and neighborhoods.
Sued Polluting Shipyard: In private practice, Scott represented environmental groups in a Clean Water Act lawsuit against a shipyard that refused to prevent contaminated runoff from running into San Diego Bay. Scott’s hard-won victory set new nationwide standards for water quality around these dangerous facilities. Natural Resources Defense Council v. Southwest Marine, Inc., 236 F.3d 985 (9th Cir. 2000)
Helped Clean Up Our Beaches and Reduced sewer spills by 80%: In 2000, San Diego city had 365 sewer spills. That’s one every single day of that year! The New York Times travel section had recently featured San Diego beaches not as attractions, but as polluted areas to be avoided. As co-chair of the city's Clean Water Task Force, a collaborative of academics, business, regulators, government and environmentalists, Scott led an effort to rehabilitate our long-neglected sewer system. He tripled the rate of replacement of our pipes, cleaned the system for the first time in over 15 years, televised the insides of the pipes so that we could prioritize maintenance and avoid spills, and trained the runners and bicyclists in our canyons to look for leaks. With the help of federal grants, the city of San Diego added low flow sewage diverters along the coast, to capture sewage spills before they reach the ocean. As a result, by 2007, we had reduced sewer spills and beach closure days by 80 percent, and our beaches now consistently earn A grades for water quality in the annual survey from Heal the Bay. Watch Video
Sewer Management: To prevent contamination, Scott improved sewer maintenance by tripling the rate of sewer pipe replacement, cleaning the entire sewer system, televising sewers to pinpoint repairs, and establishing the Canyon Watch program for spill reportage.
Pollution Prevention: As a member of the city council, Scott implemented measures to prevent pollution by controlling runoff into our waters. For example, the City launched an aggressive program to install “low-flow diverters” along the shoreline that captures polluted runoff before it reaches the coast.
Ecological Protection: Scott supported various watershed improvement projects across the City in order to protect beaches, bays, and water bodies such as Chollas Creek and the La Jolla Shores Ecological Preserve.
Runoff Management Plans: Scott helped update regional runoff management plans to ensure compliance with the Regional Water Quality Control Board’s standards.
Water Quality Report Card: While on the City Council, Scott received consistently high grades on water quality, most recently an A- for 2007, in the independently conducted annual “Water Quality Report Card” for elected officials.
Acquired and Protected Open Space: San Diegans treasure their hillsides and mountaintops as much as the coastline. Scott worked hard to protect those natural treasures from overdevelopment. In 2001, the city acquired the Montana Mirador, zoned for hundreds of single-family homes, and added that 538 acre property to the Black Mountain Open Space. The City also purchased the final open space parcels of Del Mar Mesa, making them available for trails and recreation and keeping them from development.
Climate Change: As a Councilman, Scott approved the City’s Sustainable Community Program and the Climate Protection Action Plan, which is the City’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The City’s new General Plan, adopted in 2008, won national awards for the standards it set for sustainability and responsible energy usage.
Recycling & Waste Management: Scott passed measures aimed at prolonging the life of Miramar Landfill, including implementing mandatory recycling legislation that required the recycling of construction and demolition debris.
Brush Management: On the city council, Scott developed stricter brush management regulations, successfully lobbied for Coastal Commission approval of those regulations, and added code compliance officers for brush management.
Water Supply: When Scott was elected, San Diego was still in the midst of the idiotic fear of “Toilet to Tap.” From 2001 forward, along with Councilmembers Donna Frye and Jim Madaffer, Scott led the effort to rely on science and careful testing to promote water purification and indirect potable reuse. Finally, they gained the support of a council majority and voted in November 2008 to begin the program. This is critical to diversifying and expanding the City’s water supply portfolio. Scott also supported the proposed desalination plant in Carlsbad, which would increase water supply.
Led Beach and Lagoon Cleanups at Torrey Pines State Beach: Every year of his City Council tenure, Scott sponsored a cleanup in conjunction with the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. This gives hundreds of volunteers an opportunity to clean up their own beaches. Our cleanups have recovered countless pounds of trash and recyclables.
San Diego Bay Water Quality: As Chair of the Port’s Environmental Committee, Scott spearheaded the Center for Bay and Coastal Dynamics, which brought together the Port, The Scripps Institute of Oceanography, the Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute, and San Diego State University’s Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory to help understand the seismic stability of the harbor floor, and to restore sea life populations and habitat. Scott is currently working with Sen. Christine Kehoe on legislation to minimize the impact of boat hull paints that contain copper leaching into and contaminating San Diego Bay.
San Diego Tidelands Air Quality: As Port Commissioner, Scott supported the Port of San Diego Green Business Challenge, which encouraged Port tenants to find ways to prevent pollution and to reduce waste, water and energy consumption. This challenge is the first of its kind on the West Coast and often resulted in lower utilities costs for participants.
Leadership: Scott chaired the San Diego Foundation Climate Initiative, which works to deepen community awareness about the local impacts of climate change, and to spur regional action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Initiative also supports local government with philanthropic resources when they are needed to help them advance their efforts to curb air pollution. He also urged the adoption of Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategy for San Diego Bay to address problems that may result from a rising water table, which is generally due to climate change such as flooding, erosion, saltwater intrusion and habitat shift.
Supporting Seniors and the Disabled
Protecting Worker Pensions: As a City Councilman, Scott stood up to Wisconsin-style politicians who were trying to take away the retirements of people who’d worked hard their whole lives and were counting on them.
Partnered with AARP: Scott is the co-founder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, a national organization that partners with AARP, and others, to create a nation-wide focus on making neighborhoods more pedestrian friendly, which is critically important for seniors who can no longer operate vehicles.
Accessibility at the City: As a City Councilman, Scott secured funds to make public facilities more accessible to people with disabilities – such as smoother sidewalk surfaces, curb cuts and crosswalks for the vision impaired– all important to seniors who need these improvements to get around their neighborhoods.
Accessibility at the Port: More recently, as a Port Commissioner and as chair of the Port’s Accessibility Advisory Commitee, Scott oversaw the completion of 280 improvements to public spaces within Port tidelands to make them more accessible to people with disabilities. The $1.6-million worth of improvements were made at 176 different locations. Now all of these beautiful waterfront parks and spaces can be enjoyed by everyone.