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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