Check out this week's featured stories:
1. Intro Spotlight: Octavio Garcia
2. Time to renew your Circulate Individual Membership for 2021!
3. Last Chance: How to Join Your CPG Event
4. Casita Coalition ADU Best Practices Webinar Series
5. SANDAG vacancy for the TransNet Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee (ITOC)
6. Bus and Trolley Transfers in the 2021 Regional Transit Fare Update
Intro Spotlight: Octavio Garcia
Join us in welcoming our newest team member and Planner, Octavio Garcia! As is our tradition, we interviewed Octavio so our supporters and members can get to know him.
To read his intro/spotlight, Click Here
Time to renew your Circulate Individual Membership for 2021!
With 2021 underway, it is time to begin or renew your Individual Membership with Circulate San Diego.
Memberships are in effect through the calendar year and purchases made in December will count for a full year membership in the subsequent calendar year.
To become a member and learn about the individual membership levels, CLICK HERE!
Last Chance: How to Join Your CPG Event
Circulate is hosting its final How to Join Your Community Planning Group (CPG) panel of the year and we hope you can join us to learn more about getting involved!
February 2, 2021: 5:00pm-6:30pm
Zoom (Link Provided Upon RSVP)
Sign up here for February 2's event!
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.
This event is co-hosted by the City of San Diego's Planning Department, Urban Land Institute San Diego-Tijuana, San Diego Leadership Alliance, and made possible with support from San Diego Gas & Electric.
Casita Coalition ADU Best Practices Webinar Series
Join the Casita Coalition on January 29th from 11 AM - 12:30 PM for the first of a new monthly webinar series highlighting Best Practices in the world of ADUs. Each month, they will focus on a different city, county, or hot-button topic, highlighting some of the innovative approaches Cities, Counties, and local ADU practitioners have used to navigate State Policy and make ADUs more accessible.
For their kickoff Webinar this month, they will spotlight innovation in San Diego, a city that has been a leader in ADU best practices. Join the City of San Diego’s Gary Geiler, Deputy Director for San Diego’s Development Services Division, and Casita Coalition Board Member Jared Basler, co-founder of Maxable Space and Lead Designer, aka ‘The Godfather of Granny Flats’ as we discuss some of the dramatic steps the City of San Diego has taken to lead policy change and ADU deployment. Featuring a live Q&A with a Guest Panel of ADU experts, we plan to share insights into key partnerships, community-building, and the process of working with City departments to address the need for additional housing.
Registration is FREE – CLICK HERE!
SANDAG vacancy for the TransNet Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee (ITOC)
SANDAG is requesting your assistance in looking for qualified candidates for an ITOC vacancy. The current vacancy on the seven-member committee is looking for a professional with demonstrated experience of ten years or more in the management of large-scale construction projects.
ITOC membership is open to individuals from throughout the region, who possess a set of appropriate professional skills and experience.
To find out more information regarding the ITOC and its responsibilities CLICK HERE!
Bus and Trolley Transfers in the 2021 Regional Transit Fare Update
Circulate submitted a letter recommending the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors revise SANDAG’s proposed 2021 fare changes to include free bus transfers and reinstate free trolley transfers during one-way trips. Read Circulate's letter here.
MTS is one of only two of the twenty largest transit agencies in the United States that does not provide free or reduced-price transfers for bus riders. Circulate commends the current proposal for including progressive fare-capping and expanding access to non-cash payments through the PRONTO system. However, the current proposal would still require a one-way trip that required a transfer to pay double the price.
Accessing public transit should be seamless, to make it attractive and affordable for all riders.
SANDAG is still gathering public input on the proposal and more information can be found here.
Circulate in the News
CA: Transit agencies propose new fare hikes for train, bus, Mass Transit, January 11, 2021
Arabic-language educational materials about transit system available online, The San Diego Union Tribune, January 15, 2021
Trottenberg, former NYC transportation chief, among Biden appointments, New York Post, January 18, 2021
SDSU, SDSU Mission Valley recognized for sustainable transportation, SDnews.com, January 21, 2021