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Did you know that May is designated as Bike Month? This past month we took part in several events and led others to make cycling in San Diego more accessible to diverse communities.Read more
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SAN DIEGO (May 30, 2018) – A 51-year-old man crossing 47th Street in a crosswalks in the Chollas View neighborhood was struck in a hit and run last night. At 8:04 P.M, the driver hit the man, in the illuminated crosswalk at Hartley Street, according to the San Diego Police Department’s Watch Commander’s Log.Read more
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San Diego Pushes Back on Boardwalk Scooter Ban
SAN DIEGO (May 22, 2018) – This afternoon, the San Diego City Council refused to pass a temporary ban on motorized scooters on the Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, and La Jolla Shores Boardwalks. Since the introduction of dockless bike and scooter share earlier this year, San Diegans have begun to use active transportation more than ever before. Circulate San Diego supports the use of dockless bike and scooter share as a form of transportation and spoke at City Council in opposition to the proposed ban.Read more
Circulate wrote a letter in support of the proposed Middle Income Bonus Program, which was heard at the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee on May 21st. Circulate’s advocacy shaped the current proposal to make it more compatible with the existing and successful affordable homes bonus program. Circulate recommends changes to the draft, to ensure the program advances the cause of affordability for all income levels.
Read the letter of support [PDF].
Yesterday, Circulate San Diego convened a press conference with a coalition of housing advocates at the Metropolitan Transit System headquarters. We were there to call on the transit agency to transform its empty parking lots into affordable homes.
Our effort is a continuation of a campaign we launched in April with the publication of our latest report “Real Opportunity.” That document identified that MTS has at least 57 acres of available property, which could support up to 8,000 new homes.
The press conference generated a lot of coverage. Circulate has established credibility with local journalists who recognize that our policy recommendations are thoroughly researched, and help drive change in the region. We were covered by ABC 10, CBS 8, KPBS, Fox 5, KUSI, the Times of San Diego, and more. Our board chair also published an op-ed on the subject in the Voice of San Diego.
At our press conference we were joined by housing advocates, developers, construction workers, and REALTORS. Afterwards, our coalition provided testimony to the MTS board. We presented our report, and called on the board to take action to reform the agency’s real estate policies. The new MTS Board Chair Georgette Gomez offered positive comments, and let the public know that she is working with staff to bring forward updates to the agency’s policies.
While signs are positive, we are not resting on our laurels. Public agencies move slow, and often only with ongoing attention. Circulate San Diego will continue to keep this issue in the spotlight, and work with MTS staff and the elected officials on their board to ensure these changes are made a reality.
We can only keep up our fight for affordable homes and access to transit with your support.
Thank you for your continuing support for Circulate San Diego. We appreciate it.
Executive Director and General Counsel
Circulate San Diego
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