MEDIA ADVISORY – May 9, 2023
Media Contact: Jesse O’Sullivan, Policy Counsel
619-301-1381 | [email protected]
Press Conference: City of San Diego’s Proposed Budget Requires Additional Funding for Vision Zero
Investing in pedestrian and bicycle safety is inexpensive and saves lives. On May 10, a coalition of San Diego City Councilmembers, safety advocates, and survivors will host a press conference to urge Mayor Gloria to include additional funding for Vision Zero in the May Revise of the Proposed Budget. The budget asks are outlined in a coalition letter sent on May 2.
When: Wednesday, May 10 at 9:00 a.m.
Where: San Diego City Hall breezeway, in between Golden Hall and the Civic Theater, 202 C Street San Diego, CA 92101.
- Joe LaCava, Councilmember, District 1, City of San Diego
- Kent Lee, Councilmember, District 6, City of San Diego
- Raul Campillo, Councilmember, District 7, City of San Diego
- Laura Keenan, co-founder, Families for Safe Streets San Diego. Laura’s husband, Matt Keenan, was killed by a driver while riding his bicycle in September 2021.
- Steve Shinn, member, Families for Safe Streets San Diego. Steve’s wife, Laura Shinn, was killed by a driver while riding her bicycle in July 2021.
What: Pedestrian fatalities in the City of San Diego are at a 10 year high. Investing in safety will save lives. In September 2022, a coalition sent a letter requesting funding for Vision Zero. Four of our budget requests were included in at least six councilmember budget memos, yet they were excluded from the Proposed Budget. Funding these asks would cost only three percent of the proposed transportation budget. We urge the Mayor to include these asks in the May Revise of the Proposed Budget.
Visuals: City Hall, City Councilmembers, and street safety advocates.
About Circulate San Diego
Circulate San Diego is a regional nonprofit think tank dedicated to advancing mobility and making the region a better place to move, work, learn and play. Our work focuses on creating great mobility choices, more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and land uses that promote sustainable growth. For more information, go to www.circulatesd.org.
About Families for Safe Streets San Diego
Families for Safe Streets San Diego is a group of families who have lost loved ones to traffic crashes or have been affected themselves. Our members support each other, share stories and advocate for safer streets to save lives and other families from our pain. For more information please go to: www.sdfamiliesforsafestreets.org.