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Circulator - 01/08/2021

Check out this week's featured stories: 

1. New Year, New Commitments!

2. Sign Up Today: How to Join Your CPG Events

3. Participate in the 2021 Community Needs Assessment!

4. Arabic Resources for Transit in El Cajon

5. Circulate’s Recommendations for Councilmember Budget Priorities 

6. Promotion Spotlight!

New Year, New Commitments!

Happy 2021 to all! A new year often brings with it new promises and resolutions. Maybe you are trying to save money, reduce stress, or commit to a good cause.  Circulate San Diego works to promote public transit, safe streets, and sustainable growth within our region.  Consider making a commitment to help Circulate create excellent mobility choices and vibrant, healthy neighborhoods. Please consider donating - Donate Here!

 Sign Up Today: How to Join Your CPG Events

Circulate is hosting two How to Join Your Community Planning Group panels and we hope you can join us to learn more about getting involved!

CPGs provide important feedback to the City about future growth, transportation options, and community needs. On January 20 and February 2, we'll hear from current and former CPG members about their experience: How they got involved, what they do on their CPG, and why it matters. 

Sign up today for any of the events below!

January 20, 2021: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Zoom (Link Provided Upon RSVP)
Sign up here for January 20's event!

This event is co-hosted by the Linda Vista Public Library Branch of the San Diego Public Library and made possible with support from San Diego Gas & Electric.

February 2, 2021: 5:00pm-6:30pm
Zoom (Link Provided Upon RSVP)
Sign up here for February 2's event!

This event is co-hosted by the City of San Diego's Planning Department and made possible with support from San Diego Gas & Electric.

 Participate in the 2021 Community Needs Assessment!

Through January 15, 2021, Circulate San Diego is working

alongside the County of San Diego’s Community Action Partnership to collect input about community needs across the region. To ensure the community has a voice in the process, the County of San Diego and Circulate San Diego invite residents to participate in a Community Needs Assessment Survey and Community Conversations being held virtually.


For a list and registrations links for the Community Conversation in your area, visit

Participants will be entered into a drawing to win $100 Amazon gift cards

 Arabic Resources for Transit in El Cajon

At the close of 2020, Circulate completed the AARP Community Challenge Grant and launched the educational materials for public use.

This “quick-action” grant was designed to increase the confidence of Arabic-speaking adults in El Cajon to use the public transit system independently and demonstrate culturally relevant transportation access. Published materials for this project can be viewed at: El Cajon Transit

Resources include:

  • Video – How to take transit in El Cajon and around the region (English/Arabic)
  • El Cajon-Specific Transit Map – Trolley and bus routes in El Cajon and key information about how to ride
  • Educational How-To Guides – Easy-to-follow resources for learning about different transit topics, such as how to get a Compass Card and how to schedule a transit trip
  • Teens Teaching Transit (T3) Resource Guide – An intergenerational engagement tool to encourage teens in El Cajon teach an Arabic-speaking parent, grandparent, or other adult about how to use public transit

To learn more about the work being funded by the AARP Community Challenge across the nation – including all 184 granted projects this year, visit: AARP Community Challenge

 Circulate’s Recommendations for Councilmember Budget Priorities

Over the past couple of weeks, San Diego City Councilmembers have been gathering input from the public on proposed budget priorities for FY 2022.

Circulate submitted a letter with recommendations for inclusion in Councilmember Budget Priority Memoranda for FY 2022. Our letter requests that the City Council prioritize improvements that meet San Diego's Vision Zero and Climate Action Plan goals and also supports the Mobility Board's recommendations. Read Circulate's letter and the Mobility Board's letter here.

On January 6, the San Diego City Councilmembers sent their budget priority memos to the Independent Budget Analyst’s office.

Circulate looks forward to reviewing once they are made public and we’re hopeful that safe streets improvements will be prioritized by the Mayor in this year’s budget. Stay tuned!

 Promotion Spotlight!

Congratulations to Jana who has been promoted to Senior Planner. Jana has been with Circulate San Diego since 2018 and will continue to lead the organization’s Age Friendly Communities efforts, mobility assessments, and community enhancement programs.

Congratulations to Angelica who has been promoted to Associate Planner. Since joining Circulate in 2019, Angelica has established herself as our graphics and GIS guru and expert on women’s mobility issues presenting at both local and national webinars in 2020. 

Thank you for all your hard work, dedication, and commitment to the organization. We look forward to seeing what's to come in 2021!

Circulate In the News

Transit agencies propose new fare hikes for train, bus, The San Diego Union Tribune, January 8, 2021