Accomplishments of Council President Pro Tem Jim Madaffer



Worked with SANDAG, League of CA Cities as well as local delegation to get City’s fair share of Statewide Infrastructure bonds

For each year in office, served as Chair of every City Council Committee (NR&C, PS&NS, LU&H, Rules)

Served on SANDAG Board of Directors since 2002

Chaired SANDAG Transportation Committee 2007 & 2008

President of the League of California Cities 2007-2008

Council President Pro Tem - 2008

Brought forward brush abatement policy and erosion policy to make neighborhoods safer from future fires.  Introduced innovative idea of using goats to clear brush.

Started San Diego Project Heartbeat, which promotes the placement of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) at City facilities, public places, which has since expanded to airports and schools

Guided the efforts of the City of San Diego Police Department, San Diego Data Processing Corporation, the City Attorney and the City Manager to create the Megan’s Law web site

Created the Neighborhood eWatch web site which allows residents to learn about crimes occurring in their neighborhood

Worked with state legislators to encourage both renewing Megan’s Law and expanding it so that parents and citizens have more rights and information available to them

Working with the City Attorney’s Office to implement a stricter version of Jessica’s Law on a local level

Local Taxpayer and Public Safety Protection Initiative (Prop 1A passed 82% Statewide)

Partnered with RaceLegal to curb illegal street racing

Created “Slow Down…It’s our Neighborhood” traffic safety campaign

Created the City’s “Corporate Graffiti” utilities street-marking removal policy

Policy limiting utilities from tearing up streets after they have been newly paved

Promotion of electronic waste disposal

While chairing the Public Safety Coimmittee in 2005, led the Council’s effort to replace 50 fire trucks over 7 years, to replace the Police Department’s motorcycle fleet and to acquire 4 new high-tech police helicopters to replace the City’s aging fleet

Created the Illegal grading ordinance

Led the effort to ban smoking on City of San Diego Beaches

Photovoltaic @ Lake Murray Water Treatment Plant

Lead effort to reduce reclaimed water rates to promote greater use of reclaimed water.

Lead efforts for grants for the library system

$20 million received from State for Main Library

$5.35 million grant for the Logan Heights branch

Worked with PD, City Attorney and Graffiti Abatement to create Project TAG to eradicate graffiti in our neighborhoods

Maintained funding for one community service center per district

Created and funded Citywide CERT

Funded Disaster Response Vehicle for the American Red Cross

Help to create and operate the Qualcomm Stadium Evacuation Center during 2007 Wildfires

Worked with Mayor to reinvent City’s redevelopment agency to a more entrepreneurial entity

Combat Mini Dorm Issue & provide real solutions. Complete Rooming House Ordinance (RHO)

Worked with BOMA and Senator Kehoe to ensure extension of Good Samaritan law during the 2009 State Legislation cycle to continue use of lifesaving AEDs.

Worked with Mayor, SANDAG, Private Sector and Regional Airport Authority to negotiate an MOU to govern discussions to reinvent Lindbergh Field

Building code that requires AEDs with all new construction



Remodel Tierrasanta Blvd and Santo Road intersection in front of Serra High School with a marquee and landscaping.

Landscaped medians on Antigua Blvd

Comfort station/restroom facility and ball field at DePortola Middle School

Grass ball fields built at Kumeyaay Elementary and at Vista Grande Elementary

Replaced playground equipment at Roadrunner Park & Tierrasanta Community Parks

Transfer Tierrasanta FBA to DIF

Funding source for maintenance of Antigua median

Funded new shade structures for Little League fields

Commitment from Admiral Herring for a Skateboard Park in Tierrasanta

Community Plan Amendment Initiation to include a second fire station

Established a Youth Endowment fund for Tierrasanta

Funding for T-Cert program


Mission Trails:

Expanding acreage

Funded Phase 1 of the MTRP Master Plan

Funded restrooms for Equestrian Center

Facilitated the initiation of the process to designate new land added to MTRP as dedicated or designated park land.


Updated the Navajo DIF Projects list

Decorative community entrance signs for Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, San Carlos & Grantville.

Medians & Beautification Projects

Medians - College Ave between I-8 and Camino Rico

Medians - Del Cerro Blvd. between College Ave and Madra Ave

Comfort station and snack bar built at Lake Murray Community Park 

Grass ball fields at Hearst Elementary, Pershing and Lewis Middle Schools

Replaced playground equipment at Allied Gardens Park, San Carlos Rec Center and Princess Del Cerro park

Alvarado Canyon Realignment – relieves traffic in Allied Gardens/I-8. Fully funded design and EIR.

Remodeled San Carlos Fire Station

Constructed a new Del Cerro Fire Station

Fully funded playground upgrade at Dalliard.

Completed construction documents and acquired ARCO site for San Carlos library

Established the Grantville Redevelopment Area

Fully funded and started the Master Plan process for the Grantville Redevelopment Area

Paving Mission Gorge Road (Calistoga & Margerum)


College Area:

Medians & Beautification

Medians – College Avenue from MLK Freeway to El Cajon Blvd

Medians – Montezuma Road from College Ave. to Fairmont Ave

Medians – El Cajon Blvd from City of La Mesa to 54th Street

Built a new library for the College Rolando communities

New pedestrian bridge across College Avenue

Completing Mid-City Pipeline Project to create a more reliable water supply

Decorative community entrance sign for the College Area

Assisted the College Area BID in creating a MAD

Fully funded joint use ballfields in the College Area at the Language Academy

Paseo RFP



Replaced playground equipment at Colina del Sol Park Park

Decorative community entrance signs for Rolando and Redwood Village.

Worked with Joan Kroc and Salvation Army to create the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

Street lights within the University Ave business corridor (La Mesa border & 54th)

Fox Canyon:

Clean ups in Fox Canyon

Funded the Fox Canyon Visionary Plan

Obtained funding for a community park 

Created Islenair Historical District

Neighborhood identification signs on City street signs

Designated Fox Canyon to be have utility wires undergrounded

Funding for Wightman Street Park

District wide:

Traffic Improvements

Radar units for residents

Stop signs

Reducing speed limit

Created the new redevelopment areas



Tree plantings: Provided funding to Urban Corps of San Diego’s Urban Forestry program and planted 250 new trees in D-7 in 2002.

Undergrounding of Utility Wires:


            Del Cerro

            Fox Canyon

Technology used to make pedestrian crosswalks safer

V-Com speed signs:

            College Area


            Allied Gardens