Letter: Update on TOD Report

Earlier this year, Circulate San Diego published a report on how the City of San Diego can implement more transit oriented development.

Today we are releasing a letter to supporters detailing the impact of our recent report on Transit Oriented Development. The short summary: Our Transit Oriented Development Report is improving San Diego’s land use policy. [PDF]


Letter: 2017 Vision Zero Strategic Implementation Update

Circulate San Diego prepared a letter for the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee meeting on July 19th on Vision Zero strategic implementation in 2017. The letter includes recommendations on how to ensure that the City meets the Vision Zero goal of working in partnership with all of our communities to achieve safe and livable neighborhoods, and to end traffic fatalities.

Read our letter here.


Letter: Support for AB 805 (Gonzalez Fletcher)

Circulate San Diego's board voted to support AB 805 (Gonzalez Fletcher) to reform transportation entities in the San Diego region.

The structure of our metropolitan planning organization SANDAG, as well as our two transit agencies, MTS and NCTD, need reform. All three entities distribute power disproportionally among smaller and less central jurisdictions, which is not consistent with the democratic principles of one person, one vote.

The structure of our transportation organizations also results in policy outcomes that are not consistent with California’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Instead of prioritizing transit and active transportation to help San Diegans move about our region, SANDAG often relies on counterproductive strategies such as expanding freeways.

For San Diego to move forward, and to achieve our collective greenhouse gas goals, we need the structural reform called for by AB 805.

Our formal endorsement letter is available online in PDF format here.


Letter: Amendments to San Diego's Municipal Code to Introduce and Define Placemaking

As part of our continuing campaign to create a placemaking policy in the City of San Diego, Circulate San Diego submitted a letter to staff in the Economic Development Department on April 26, 2017. Economic Development is collaborating with the Development Services Department to create the policy and relevant permit process. The letter highlighted requests to ensure the permit process is transparent, equitable, and inclusive.

Read the full letter [PDF].

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Update: Circulate San Diego's "The Fatal Fifteen" with San Diego City Council

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The morning of March 6, prior to a City Council hearing where the City Auditor presented its Pedestrian Safety Performance Audit, City staff released a memorandum providing an update to infrastructure improvements planned for 15 of the City's most dangerous intersections highlighted in the Auditor report.

Download a copy of the City's memo here.

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Letter: Recommendations for Win-Win-Win Approaches to Housing Affordability in the City of San Diego

Circulate San Diego prepared a letter for Councilmember Scott Sherman, urging him and other city leaders to heed recommendations on how to improve housing policy for the City of San Diego. 

In order to advance three interconnected goals of economic development, affordability, and environmental sustainability, Circulate San Diego suggests that new policy meet three criteria: 1) new land use reforms should be made city-wide, not in limited geographic areas; 2) new subsidies for deed-restricted affordable homes should not add more costs to market rate development; and 3) new incentives for market rate development should not undermine existing policies to promote affordability.  

Download the full PDF version of the letter here: [PDF]


Letter: Circulate San Diego Comments for SANDAG NOP of Program EIR for the 2019 Regional Plan

Circulate San Diego submitted comments in response to the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 2019 Regional Plan issued by SANDAG on November 14, 2016. Our comments included two core points:

(1) The EIR must contain one or more transit-friendly reasonable alternatives that are financially constrained and do not require an amendment of the 2004 TransNet Ordinance.

(2) The EIR should analyze the extent to which the Regional Plan does or does not meet the mode-share goals for local jurisdictions with Climate Action Plans.

Read the full letter [PDF]. 


Letter: Requests for FY 2018 City Budget

Circulate San Diego submitted a letter to the City outlining projects we want to see included in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget to ensure the goals of the Climate Action Plan and Vision Zero initiative are achieved. The letter was submitted in partnership with the organizations Climate Action Campaign, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, and BikeSD.

The undersigned organizations are submitting this request asking you to continue support for implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan and Vision Zero, specifically as these policy initiatives relate to the FY 2018 budget. We appreciate your ongoing support for making San Diego a sustainable, safe city to live in for all residents. The projects and requested funds outlined below will help keep the Climate Action Plan and Vision Zero initiatives strong.

Read full letter [PDF].


Letter: Response to the City Regarding Complete Boulevard Study

In response to the final design concepts outlined in the Complete Boulevard Planning Study, Circulate San Diego lauds many of the proposed infrastructure improvements making walking safer along the El Cajon Street corridor.  However, the improvements included in the final design concept fail to account for bicycling facilities.  As such, we believe Alternatives 8b and 6 are better at allowing for bicycling facilities and maintaining desired elements for all modes including on-street parking, a connected facility for bicyclists, and safer crossings for pedestrians.    

For Circulate San Diego's complete response, you can download our letter here: [PDF]


Report: Transit Oriented Development

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Circulate San Diego released a report today on how the City of San Diego can better implement transit oriented development (“TOD”). TOD benefits housing affordability, economic development, and the climate. However, a variety of barriers exist to prevent TOD in San Diego.

This report recommends a variety of specific, detailed, and actionable policy reforms that can be adopted city-wide to implement TOD. The full report can be viewed online at http://www.circulatesd.org/todreport

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