The current leadership at San Diego’s regional transportation agency hates taxes, except that they love to spend it. This double-standard has become increasingly apparent in the recent months, as they are back-filling the shortfall in the local sales tax revenues and increase in project costs with $5 billion from a statewide gas tax that many on the agency’s board vehemently oppose. [Read more…] about How San Diego’s public transit went from first to worst
A Population Boom and a Housing Crunch. Rising prices and short supply are making it increasingly difficult to pay the rent in San Diego. If you’ve attempted to search for a place to rent in San Diego you’ve probably encountered more than a few roadblocks and had your fair share of frustrations. The challenges multiply if you’ve tried to find something affordable anywhere near where you work. [Read more…] about The obstacles to navigating San Diego’s housing crunch
Nearly a third of all counties in California are proposing a sales tax increase to fund transportation on this November’s ballot. But one stands out with organized opposition from an unprecedented coalition of labor, environmental and community groups. It is perhaps the only transportation measure where both political parties, and the main newspaper opposes it. [Read more…] about Measure A: How SANDAG undermines transit, environmental, and social goals.
In this age of planning emphasis on “smart growth,” “new urbanism,” “transit oriented development,” “infill development” and so on, density and proximity to transit corridors sometimes overshadow all other considerations. Zoning and Community plans years in the making, with wide participation, are now being viewed by some property owners and city officials as obsolete and vulnerable. Local residents are increasingly resentful as they experience frontal assaults to the scale and character of their neighborhoods – the essence of how they identify with their neighborhoods. [Read more…] about Three Reasons Neighborhood Identity is Paramount in Smart Growth
As I occasionally do, today I used Car2Go for a mid-day meeting. I took the trolley to work. I had a meeting in Mission Valley but not near the trolley Line.
[Read more…] about Car Share: Bridge to Greater Transit Use for Car Lovin’ Southern California?
In the late 1800s, San Diego lost the race with Los Angeles to become the western terminus of a transcontinental railroad. [Read more…] about San Diego’s Railroad Deja Vu
San Diego – On July 1, 2012, the loss of redevelopment will be felt in a very tangible and palpable manner by anyone planning a project involving a development or “discretionary” use downtown. [Read more…] about Post-redevelopment fees set to go up downtown . . . way up.
San Diego – Touting economic value beyond the city of San Diego, Chargers special envoy Mark Fabiani, recently addressed the San Diego Association of Government’s board of directors. [Read more…] about New Chargers Stadium Seeks County Support
SANDAG and the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) will be launching a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service in the San Diego region. BRT will run on dedicated bus-only lines and bring frequent and better-connecting service. It will not require a large amount of new infrastructure as underground subway systems would, and should only cost a fraction of that. Rather, it will rely mostly on existing roads and freeways. [Read more…] about Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) comes to San Diego County
The Cleveland National Forest Foundation (CNFF), a San Diego County environmental group has offered an alternative to the official transportation plan of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). CNFF has called the plan the 50-10 transit plan. The plan seeks to give a higher priority to mass transit and smart growth. The group’s website states that the core principles of its plan are:
“(1) a full build-out of the region’s public transportation network prior tofunding any additional highway expansion;
(2) a compact development, high density land use plan;
(3) a comprehensive, integrated transit system initially focused on the urban core, the Sprinter and the Coaster.”