Today, Circulate San Diego released our newest report "Democracy in Planning."
Public participation is a cornerstone of city planning and a pillar of democracy. Everyone should have a voice in how decisions are made, especially in local government. In the City of San Diego, City-sponsored community planning Groups (CPGs) serve as the primary vehicle to facilitate public participation in the planning process.
CPGs provide a space for community members to serve their City, and their input frequently improves development and transportation projects.
Our report details a variety of proposed reforms to ensure that everyone has a voice in the community planning process.
Press Release: Circulate San Diego Publishes Report calling for democratic reforms for Community Planning Groups
Contact: Colin Parent
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 12, 2018
Circulate San Diego Publishes Report calling for democratic reforms for Community Planning Groups
Transportation and land use think tank Circulate San Diego published a report today titled “Democracy in Planning,” on how the City of San Diego can improve democratic representation through the City’s Community Planning Groups.Read more
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Circulate wrote a letter to provide recommendations for the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee’s 2018 work plan. We strongly recommend that the Smart Growth and Land Use committee incorporate our recommendations into their work plan, and push for these policies to be adopted.
Read the entire letter here [PDF].
Circulate wrote a letter to Caltrans supporting the City of Oceanside's application for a Safe Routes to School planning grant. We appreciate Oceanside’s efforts on safety for school children, and we encourage Caltrans to award this grant.
Read the entire letter here [PDF].
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Deadly Weekend: Five Seriously Injured, One Killed on the Road
SAN DIEGO (February 6, 2018) – Three crashes over the weekend resulted in one pedestrian killed, two pedestrians seriously injured, and three people in cars seriously injured. On Friday night, a pedestrian crossed the 2700 block of Chatsworth Boulevard midblock, a street with no crosswalk in close proximity, and sustained serious head injuries after being hit by a car. Also on Friday night, a speeding driver crashed into a minivan on Miramar Road, seriously injuring three with one in life threatening condition. The following evening, an intoxicated driver drove onto the sidewalk on the 6400 block of Parkside Avenue, hitting two pedestrians on the sidewalk and killing one of them.Read more
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Two Pedestrians Seriously Injured in One Night
SAN DIEGO (February 1, 2018) – Two pedestrians were struck by cars while crossing San Diego streets last night. At approximately 6:20 P.M, a driver hit a woman crossing University Avenue, one of the most dangerous corridors in San Diego, leaving her in life threatening condition. The other pedestrian was hit crossing La Jolla Boulevard resulting in a spinal fracture.Read more
Vision Zero received overwhelming support from the majority of Councilmembers in the first release of the City Council’s budget priorities this year. Circulate San Diego’s top priority in the FY 2019 budget season is the prioritization of safe streets and the budget priorities show that the City’s Councilmembers agree with us: Vision Zero must be prioritized. Eight out of nine Councilmembers prioritized bicycle and pedestrian safety this year, an increase from last year!
Thank you to all of the Councilmembers who prioritized safe streets in their memos! Here are some highlights from Councilmember prioritization of safe streets:Read more
It is definitely grant season! And while Circulate San Diego is fast at work submitting our own proposals to fulfill our mission of creating excellent mobility choices and vibrant, healthy neighborhoods, we are also writing many letters to support the grant applications of other agencies and organizations. Below is a roundup of the SANDAG grant proposals we are supporting.
Local Partnership Program - Support for San Diego North Coast Corridor: Multimodal Improvements.
This project would construct critical multi-modal improvements to improve infrastructure condition, and address safety within the San Diego North Coast Corridor. Read the full letter, click here.
Solutions for Congested Corridors Program - San Diego North Coast Corridor: Build NCC Phase 1
The Build NCC project will address critical transportation needs along the Interstate 5 (I-5) corridor, while helping to reduce congestion, enhance the coastal environment, strengthen the economy, and improve quality of life in the San Diego region. To read the full letter, click here.
Trade Corridor Enhancement Program – Sorrento to Miramar Phase 2 Intermodal Improvements Project
This project is a critical improvement project located on the state’s busiest rail corridor. It closes a gap by building a second track and straightens several curves along the slowest section of the corridor between San Diego and Los Angeles. Further, the speed restrictions along this section restrict operational reliability and flexibility, which result in delays for both passenger and freight services. To read the full letter, click here.
Support for The Future of Mobility: Ride-Hailing Data Collection and Analysis
Transportation Network Companies (TNC) such as Uber and Lyft present great opportunities to improve mobility for local residents. This research would help transportation planners and the public to understand the impacts of TNCs. This effort will fill a crucial gap in the data necessary to plan for the growth of these services in our respective regions. To read the full letter, click here.