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Circulator 7/31/2020

Check out this week's featured stories:

1. Exit Spotlight: Kaitlyn Cochran

2. We're Hiring a Policy Manager!

3. Crash Not Accident: A Panel on Safe Streets, Journalism, and Word Choice

4. Campaign Update: Community planning reform takes a big step forward

5. Campaign Update: Success for the Middle Income Bonus Program

6. Circulate News

Exit Spotlight: Kaitlyn Cochran

Join us in saying farewell to our intern, Kaitlyn Cochran! As is our tradition, we conducted an exit interview with her to share her experience with us and to celebrate her journey forward!

To read Kaitlyn’s exit spotlight, Click Here

 We're Hiring a Policy Manager! 

Circulate San Diego is hiring for a Policy Manager! This is a high-profile role in the San Diego policy and media environment. This position is perfect for a lateral jump into a nonprofit, or for an up-and-comer looking to take the next step in their career.

Circulate San Diego values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and any relevant work product examples to [email protected], and with the subject line “Policy Manager.” No phone calls please. A full position description is online here:

 Crash Not Accident: A Panel on Safe Streets, Journalism, and Word Choice

Words matter. Crash Not Accident is a campaign to educate San Diegans about our role preventing traffic deaths and serious injuries by acknowledging that crashes are not merely accidents but the result of human error and systemic decisions.

Circulate San Diego will lead a discussion about the Crash Not Accident movement nationally and the ways language shapes our perception of traffic violence. The panel will delve into the role of cities, advocates, and the media when discussing traffic collisions with the general public. Panelists include:

  • Leah Shahum, Executive Director and Founder, Vision Zero Network
  • Andrew Bowen, Metro Reporter, KPBS
  • Maya Rosas, Director of Policy, Circulate San Diego
  • Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel, Circulate San Diego

Panel co-hosts include the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and Climate Action Campaign.

When: August 6, 2020 at 5pm - 6:30pm
Where: Zoom (Information provided in RSVP autoresponse)

RSVP here.

About Crash Not Accident Campaign
Crash Not Accident is a campaign led by Circulate San Diego, with funding from California Office of Traffic Safety.

 Campaign Update: Community planning reform takes a big step forward

Last week the City of San Diego released a survey of members of community planning groups. The survey quantified what many had observed anecdotally, that community planning groups are older, wealthier, and whiter that the communities they are tasked with representing. The survey was reported by the Voice of San Diego.

This survey provides clear and unambiguous evidence that San Diego’s system of community planning excludes many voices, and must be reformed if it is to continue.

Reforming community planning is important. The community planning groups in San Diego are tasked with advising the city on numerous land use and transportation issues. When those groups create barriers to participation, it means that many in the public are excluded for public decision-making. That doesn’t comport with our nation’s broadly shared values of democracy and participation.

Read more on our campaign here.

 Campaign Update: Success for the Middle Income Bonus Program

Last year we jumped the gun a little by announcing the adoption of the City of San Diego’s Middle Income Bonus program. It took a full year before the City Council implemented the policy with a required second reading, which they did this week.

Due to our advocacy, the program allows developments near transit to receive up to a 75 percent bonus above base density! This is a big deal, and it will allow substantially more homes in the City of San Diego.

Circulate has a philosophy that we can make housing policy most effectively by designing it to be a win-win-win between affordability, climate, and economic development. Our advocacy around the Moderate Income Bonus is a clear illustration of that approach. The amendments we secured allow for more market-rate homes, located near transit, and paired with both subsided units and commitment to no displacement.  

Read more on our campaign here.

 Circulate in the News

City Council puts removing Midway 30-foot height limit on the November ballot, San Diego Community Newspaper Group, July 22, 2020

Public benefits define Midway proposal for the San Diego Sports Arena property, SD Metro Magazine, July 24, 2020

Community Planning Groups Skew Richer, Whiter and Older, Voice of San Diego, July 24, 2020

Temperate Southern California Channels European-Style Outdoor Dining as Pandemic Lingers, Courthouse News Service, July 25, 2020

Morning Report: MTS Doled Out Violations Disproportionately, Voice of San Diego, July 27, 2020