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Fresh Start for SANDAG
Hasan Ikhrata, SANDAG's new Executive Director talked about the importance of making transit competitive with driving to be viable, in a recent interview with the Union-Tribune. As transit advocates, we're encouraged by Mr. Ikhrata's words and excited by the prospect of his tenure at the region's transportation planning agency. His remarks were validated by our peers in Los Angeles, where he previously served as the head of the Southern California Association of Governments.
In the same article, Mr. Ikhrata expressed support for an improved transit connection to the airport, something Circulate has aggressively been pushing for the last few months. “This is about having a system that people can access the airport, a real alternative,” he told the UT. We look forward to working with Mr. Ikhrata and SANDAG staff to advance transit in the region.
To read the Union-Tribune article, click here.
To join the over 560 San Diegans letting the Airport Authority know that San Diego needs better transit to and from the Airport, click here.
Farewell to Cynthia Offenhauer
Cynthia lives with her husband in Kensington, maintains one of the most beautiful native plant gardens in San Diego, and is a regular transit rider and cyclist. She moves on from Circulate to start a new venture that addresses the housing crisis. Keep an eye out for her as she continues her advocacy for a better world!
This means we have a job opening. For more information check out the listing, here.
Circulate San Diego wishes all of our friends and partners a happy holidays.
We are grateful for so many new individual and corporate members this year. Your support has helped us grow our impact in the region.
2018 Has Been Quite A Year
For a lot of nonprofits, showing impact can be a challenge. Fortunately, in 2018 Circulate San Diego will have no trouble showing what we have accomplished.
In 2018 we were able to accomplish:
- We persuaded the Metropolitan Transit System to adopt a policy to transform empty parking lots into affordable homes.
- Together with Mayor Faulconer’s administration, we secured funding for safety retrofits to the City’s 15 most dangerous intersections.
- At SANDAG, we persuaded the board to accept the full housing needs figure for the region.
- Our years-long effort to reform parking rules finally resulted in a proposal released from the Faulconer administration.
- Early in the year we released a report detailing needed reforms for Community Planning Groups.
- We organized more than 500 San Diegans to press for a transit connection to the airport, and we won a major commitment to do so.
Few organizations can show this kind of impact in the San Diego region. If you want to see our organization continue to make an impact in the region, please make an end-of-year gift.
With your help, we can continue to press for a more vibrant and equitable region.