Press Release: Bicyclist Struck in Hit and Run in Pacific Beach

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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.

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Letter: Support for Assembly Bill 571 – Density Bonuses

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].


Memorandum: Permissible Expenditures by Community Parking Districts

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.

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Press Release: Pedestrian Struck in Traffic Crash in Bay Park

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Press Release: Pedestrian Struck in Traffic Crash in Bay Park

SAN DIEGO (April 21, 2021) – A 59-year-old pedestrian was seriously injured when he was struck by a driver in the Bay Park neighborhood of the City of San Diego. According to the San Diego Police Department’s Watch Commander’s Log, at around 9:00 a.m. on April 17, the pedestrian suffered life-threatening head trauma when he was struck by the driver while crossing the street.

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Letter: Support for AB 1238 – The Freedom to Walk Act

Circulate San Diego submitted a letter supporting AB 1238, which would legalize safe street crossings outside of a crosswalk or against a traffic light. Jaywalking laws prevent pedestrians from making safe and logical choices about crossing the street. In addition, they prioritize vehicle traffic over pedestrian traffic, reinforcing a car-centric mindset that results in greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. This bill will reprioritize pedestrian movement on California streets, encouraging non-car modes of transportation.

Many pedestrians already safely cross streets outside of crosswalks in California but are at risk of receiving a traffic ticket if they do so. Given that people of color can be disproportionately targeted for traffic stops, legalizing jaywalking also removes a potential for bias in traffic enforcement. Read the full letter here [pdf].


Letter: Oppose AB 371 – Insurance for Shared Mobility Devices

Circulate San Diego submitted a letter opposing AB 371, which would place onerous insurance mandates on micromobility operators. Micromobility programs are a new and promising piece of the future of clean transportation. Bikeshare and dockless micromobility programs can reduce vehicle miles travelled by providing an alternative to the car for short trips. Moreover, they extend the reach of existing transit systems by giving riders a way to get from a transit station to a destination that is out of walking distance.

AB 371 would require an operators to purchase liability insurance coverage for the negligent conduct of a shared mobility device rider. This requirement would be a legal anomaly. Rental car companies are not liable for the negligence of their drivers. Cyclists and scooter riders are not required to purchase liability insurance. To require micromobility operators to purchase liability insurance for their riders’ negligence would be unfair and would be an outlier in the scheme of existing law. Read the full letter here [pdf].


Press Release: Pedestrian Killed in Traffic Crash in Kearny Mesa

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Press Release: Pedestrian Killed in Traffic Crash in Kearny Mesa

SAN DIEGO (April 13, 2021) – A pedestrian was killed when she was struck by a vehicle on April 11, 2021 in the Kearny Mesa 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., the woman was in the crosswalk on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard when she was struck and killed by the driver.

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Press Release: Pedestrian Struck in Traffic Crash in San Ysidro

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Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel
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Press Release: Pedestrian Struck in Traffic Crash in San Ysidro

SAN DIEGO (April 13, 2021) – A 74-year-old pedestrian was seriously injured when she was struck by a driver in the San Ysidro neighborhood of the City of San Diego. According to the San Diego Police Department’s Watch Commander’s Log, at around 8:00 p.m. on April 12, the pedestrian was crossing the street when struck by a driver. She suffered life-threatening injuries including a brain bleed that required immediate surgery.

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Press Release: Pedestrian Struck in Traffic Crash in East Village

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Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel
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Press Release: Pedestrian Struck in Traffic Crash in East Village

SAN DIEGO (April 13, 2021) – A 59-year-old pedestrian was seriously injured when he was struck by a driver in the East Village neighborhood of the City of San Diego. According to the San Diego Police Department’s Watch Commander’s Log, at around 8:00 p.m. on April 10, the pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries after he was struck by the driver of a Ford F250 while crossing the street.

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