FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel
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Press Release: Bicyclist Struck in Hit and Run in Pacific Beach
SAN DIEGO (April 22, 2021) – A 39-year-old bicyclist was seriously injured when she was struck by a driver in a hit and run in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of the City of San Diego. According to the San Diego Police Department’s Watch Commander’s Log, at around 10:00 p.m. on April 19, the bicyclist was riding south on Ingraham Street when she was struck from behind. She suffered life-threatening head trauma including an orbital roof fracture and a brain bleed. The vehicle then fled the scene.Read more
Circulate San Diego submitted a letter supporting AB 571, which would disallow cities from charging development impact fees for affordable units constructed pursuant to California’s Density Bonus Law. This change would incentivize affordable housing production by reducing the cost of its construction.
Local governments frequently charge development impact fees (DIFs) to offset the costs associated with accommodating more development. Growing criticism from housing advocates argue that high fees have the consequence of deterring more production of both market-rate and deed-restricted homes. In response to these concerns, some California jurisdictions have already chosen to limit their fee collections on deed-restricted affordable homes. Those jurisdictions include at least the cities of San Diego, Sacramento and La Mesa.
AB 571 is an incremental positive step towards increasing housing production and solving California’s housing crisis. Read the full letter here [pdf].
Circulate San Diego and the Downtown San Diego Partnership sent a letter to Mayor Gloria and the City Council requesting that the City update its rules on how parking revenues can be spent. The full letter and its attached memorandum are available here. Current rules from the City of San Diego restrict how parking revenues can be spent by Community Parking Districts. The rules largely limit expenditures to projects that create new parking. As a result, the City’s Parking Districts have more than $9 million in unspent revenues.
Circulate San Diego created a memorandum, which was attached to the letter, analyzing the legal landscape regarding parking meter revenues. Recent caselaw, and the adoption by California voters of Proposition 26 in 2010, clarify that parking revenues are not governed by rules that limit the uses of either fees or taxes. The City of San Diego therefore has the ability to update its policies to allow parking revenues to be spent on a wider variety of activities than only parking.