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    City of San Diego ~ Vision Zero

    La Jolla Light Public-Safety News: June 28, 2018
    City to launch safety PSA's
    June 28, 2018
    To encourage safer driving, biking and walking habits, the City of San Diego and Cox Communications created three public service announcements (PSA) that will air on CityTV and on Cox cable through Sept. 30.

    Each video supports the City’s Vision Zero safety initiative and #TransitTuesday efforts to increase participation in alternative transportation methods. Vision Zero was adopted by the City Council in 2015 with the goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities and serious injuries in the City by 2025 through education, engineering and enforcement.

    Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer explained: “We’ve launched the PSAs and new website to inform our residents of the progress being made and show how the City is using data to inform the decisions we’re making to improve public safety in our neighborhoods.”

    Each 30-second PSA is available for viewing or downloading on the City’s Vision Zero portal at The safety tips include:

    Biking Tips:
    • Go with the flow.
    • Obey traffic signs and signals and stay off the sidewalk.
    • Be visible and predictable, especially at night.
    • Use your hand signals for stopping and turning.
    • Always wear a helmet.

    Pedestrian Tips:
    • Watch for turning cars and bicycles.
    • Cross at intersections or crosswalks.
    • Look in all directions for vehicles and bicycles.
    • Avoid using headphones or using your phone when crossing the street.

    Driving Tips:
    • Don’t be a distracted driver.
    • Pause and wait before you turn.
    • Stop for pedestrians crossing the street.
    • Take care in the glare.

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    From SANDAG Twitter: Link

    How will we get around in 2050?
    Learn about the 3 types of transportation projects in the Regional Plan & stay connected with us so you know when to get involved later this summer.

    SANDAG is developing San Diego Forward: The 2019-2050 Regional Plan with a vision to facilitate the efficient movement of people and goods to support a sustainable and healthy region, a vibrant economy, and an outstanding quality of life for all. There are three main types of transportation projects in the Regional Plan – Transit, Active Transportation, and Roads and Highways – and the mix of projects will be based on input from individuals and organizations throughout San Diego County. Watch this video to explore the kinds of projects that could be included in the 2019 Regional Plan and visit to sign up to receive email updates.
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2018
    Hold it. That looks like the same old SANDAG 2050 Complete Freeways Plan with more spin and a few PSA videos thrown in.
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2018 edited
    Driving Tips: Stop for pedestrians crossing the street.
    How about saying it like it should be:
    "Pedestrians have the legal right of way at ALL INTERSECTIONS"

    BTW - I am not buying SANDAG's "visions" and "plans" anymore - I want to see substantial, real change. On the ground. Like they mean it. Cynicism solidly earned and deserved.

    From: David Alvarez: @AlvarezSD
    We offer our best wishes to Stephan as he leaves @SANDAG after 38 years!
    If you ride a bike to work like I do, or just for fun, you can thank him.
    Thank-you Stephan!
    Best wishes and happy biking in all your future adventures.

    City of San Diego
    @CityofSanDiego tweet

    We're proud the City of San Diego was recently designated as a Bike Friendly Community by the Bike League!
    And we're getting bike-friendlier every day. In the coming months over 50 new bike racks will be installed as part of the Downtown Mobility Plan.

    SD Officials Plan to Build Several Hundred Additional Bike Racks

    Debbie L. Sklar July 6, 2018
    The city of San Diego Friday announced plans to install hundreds of bicycle racks across neighborhoods citywide. More than 50 racks have already been designated for downtown. Staff are seeking recommendations on additional rack locations via local Business Improvement Districts.

    “We’re building a more bike-friendly city every day and these new bicycle racks will encourage more folks to get around on two wheels instead of four,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “As we continue to improve transportation options citywide, it’s important to provide an orderly place for cyclists and casual riders to store their bikes so the public spaces in our neighborhoods are free from clutter.”

    The proposed downtown locations correspond with planned cycle tracks, also known as protected bike lanes, that will be installed to improve safety for cyclists in that area. The initiative, dubbed “BIDs to Bike Racks,” is a collaborative effort between the Mayor’s Office as well as city Economic Development and Transportation and Storm Water departments. Cyclists can locate existing racks in the city using the interactive map at

    –City News Service
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2018
    La bici transforma las ciudades (y el cambio es imparable)
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2018
    gottobike:La bici transforma las ciudades (y el cambio es imparable)
    Translation (by Google)

    Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

    What's on your wish list? The City is preparing a new five year Consolidated Plan (Fiscal Years 2020-2024) to identify community needs and priorities. You are invited to share your thoughts and suggestions at a series of Community Forums in July and August 2018. For meeting dates and locations, please view the "Community Forums" information. We also have a survey to gather responses from the community. Thank you! (This survey will close on August 31, 2018.)

    FY 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan
    The Consolidated Plan is prepared every five years, and its planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing, economic, and community development needs and priorities. The City is currently in the planning process for the FY 2020–2024 Consolidated Plan (effective July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2024), and the public is invited to share thoughts and suggestions at one of the upcoming community forums throughout the City. Please view the flyer below for more information:

    • Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library: July 10, 2018
    • Linda Vista Library: July 16, 2018
    • San Ysidro Civic Center: July 19, 2018
    • Barrio Logan-Woodbury University: July 23, 2018
    • Skyline Hills Library: July 25, 2018
    • City Heights Performance Annex: July 31, 2018
    • Central Library: August 1, 2018

    Community Forum Flyer

    Public Input Sought for San Diego Airport Renovation Plan
    Alexander Nguyen July 9, 2018
    The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority began collecting public opinion Monday on a proposal billed as the “most extensive improvement” in the San Diego International Airport‘s 90-year history.

    The project includes replacement of the 51-year-old Terminal 1, as well as a new on-airport entry roadway, dual-level roadway and curb front. The plan would also expand close-in parking and make “major” airfield efficiency improvements, according to the Airport Authority. Overall, the project cost is estimated “not to exceed $3 billion.” “Upon completion, San Diego residents and visitors will enjoy a truly 21st-century airport for decades to come,” said Kimberly Becker, the Airport Authority’s president and CEO.
    Monday marked the start of a 45-day review for the project’s newly released Draft Environmental Impact Report, which can be viewed at Comments may be submitted to
    The plan considers potential project impacts, including air quality, water quality, traffic and noise, as well as greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
    Construction is expected to begin in early 2020 if the project is approved. The Terminal 1 replacement would open in 2023. The Airport Authority would fund the project primarily through ongoing user fees.

    — City News Service

    Airport Development Plan

    The Airport Development Plan (ADP) is the next master-planning phase for San Diego International Airport. In 2006, a county-wide ballot measure to move the airport was defeated. Therefore, the airport will continue in its current location for the foreseeable future. The ADP identifies improvements that will enable the airport to meet demand through 2035. An additional runway is not being considered. The ADP considers replacement of Terminal 1 and the creation of new non-airline revenue opportunities. The new Terminal 1 will be designed to accommodate current/modern standards for passenger terminals, flow and security.

    The Airport Authority has prepared a Draft EIR for the Airport Development Plan. A copy of the document is available for review here and on the San Diego International Airport website. The public comment/review period ends and comments are due by August 23, 2018. Comments may be emailed to (see Notice of Availability link).

    Comments due by: August 23, 2018
    Comment Here
    "The project includes replacement of the 51-year-old Terminal 1, as well as a new on-airport entry roadway, dual-level roadway and curb front. The plan would also expand close-in parking…"
    Not much time to influence what seems like a pre-determined outcome. More parking, more traffic, more noise, more air-pollution, big impacts on health and Quality of Life for surrounding impacted neighborhoods, freeways, surface roads etc. etc.

    "…the creation of new non-airline revenue opportunities."
    Is this operation using Port lands to generate revenue unrelated to air transport services? What gives? Will profits be returned to the tax payers that support the surrounding city and county infrastructure that the airport doesn't? How does this in anyway contribute to the CAP goals of the city, county or state. This is a major missed opportunity to significantly reduce GHG's through traffic reduction. In fact, it moves the needle in the opposite direction! What are the lost opportunity costs here? Is this development a lawsuit waiting to happen? Who will pay the fines? (The public of course. Paying the fines for being poisoned by agency induced pollution. If ever there was a Catch-22!)

    What about our long desired trolley link? With the coming major development of Harbor Island East, the development around Liberty Station and continued growth in Point Loma, Little Italy, the Midway district, downtown and surrounds, a short spur trolley should be in the mix. It would go a long, long way toward reducing traffic along Harbor Drive and Nimitz Blvd, through Little Italy, the coming Midway development, Pacific Highway, Grape Street and Laurel Street, downtown, HWY-5, State Route 163. HWY 94, yada, yada, yada!

    With reduced vehicle traffic, the bay front parks along Harbor Drive could be much more easily accessible to families, tourists and military alike. A Class-IV, protected bikeway along the whole length of the North Harbor crescent, along the south side of Harbor Drive, would provide the needed robust, efficient route for bike commuters. Accounting for growth in e-bikes, bike-share, scooters and newer modes of alternative transportation as well as the old trusty set of pedals, a facility like this will be highly used. It will get bikes off of the current, meandering combinations of MUP's and parking lots that now constitute the Harbor Drive bike route through Spanish Landing down to the CG Station and beyond. Increased use means more pedestian/bike friction. It should be properly dealt with now.

    SANDAG is supposed to be the overarching coordinating agency in the County of San Diego! It does a terrible job of it! Disparate city governments, MTS, County government, SD Port Admin, CalTrans, Border Agencies, SAN airport, military agencies and facilities, all doing their own planning, financing and development without the required coordination to make the pieces fit together seamlessly. It provides ample opportunity for "things to fall through the cracks".

    A lot like the Balboa Trolley Station Plan. SANDAG, SD City, MTS, LOSSAN, planning groups all going in different directions, making multiple implied promises and delivering on little. Remember the 35 years to get the promised HWY-15 bike path? So it will be with the promised ped/bike bridge over HWY-5, the Bike Paths along Mission Bay Drive, the realigned bridge abutments under both HWY-5 and the new trolley rails over Balboa Avenue to accommodate separated pedestrian and bike paths. You'll get all the housing and business development and the much increased vehicle traffic (be real here), without accounting for parking, traffic, CAP and safety.
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2018
    "San Diego residents and visitors will enjoy a truly 21st-century airport for decades to come,” said Kimberly Becker, the Airport Authority’s president and CEO.
    No rail? Even LAX is getting rail now.

    Learn about the Park Boulevard Bikeway
    SANDAG invites you to stop by to talk with the project team and provide feedback on the proposed Park Boulevard Bikeway.

    Date and Time:
    Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    Join us between: 7 – 9 a.m., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and 4 – 7 p.m

    Refill Cafe
    3752 Park Blvd #104
    San Diego, CA 92103

    Park Boulevard Bikeway
    The Park Boulevard Bikeway project is one of five segments planned as part of the Uptown Bikeways, which will enhance neighborhood connectivity between Uptown, Old Town, Mission Valley, Downtown San Diego, North Park, and Balboa Park. The Park Boulevard Bikeway will provide a vital connection for people to walk and bike between Hillcrest, North Park, and Balboa Park.

    The Park Boulevard Bikeway will be completed in two segments. The first segment runs along Park Boulevard from Robinson Avenue to Upas Street, and the second along Park Boulevard from Upas Street to Village Place. The proposed bikeway will also provide important connections to several regional bikeways including the Eastern Hillcrest Bikeway to the west and the Robinson Bikeway to the east.
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2018
    Old Knotty Buoy Learn about the Park Boulevard Bikeway. SANDAG invites you to stop by to talk with the project team and provide feedback on the proposed Park Boulevard Bikeway.

    This is the only detail available about the Parl Blvd Bikeway project from that link:
    "Features may include buffered or separated bikeways, intersection improvements, and traffic calming features..."
    (my emphasis).

    If they are looking for community input, we need more detail than that.
    San Diego International Airport Receives Innovation Award
    Debbie Sklar July 17, 2018
    San Diego International Airport is the recipient of the American Association of Airport Executives’ 2018 Most Innovative Large Hub Airport award, it was announced Tuesday. The airport was recognized for its environmental sustainability programs and unique Airport Innovation Lab.
    “Our innovation focus is informed by the unique characteristics of this airport,” said Kimberly Becker, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s president and CEO. “Being right next to San Diego Bay drives our commitment to environmental stewardship. And operating on a small, 661-acre footprint drives us to think of new ways to fund necessary improvements, while always enhancing the passenger experience.”
    The Airport Innovation Lab was set up in a decommissioned former commuter terminal to workshop ideas for possible use around the country. The lab will soon work with 10 companies to test potential solutions to airport parking and help passengers with unique needs navigate airport environments. Previously, the lab was responsible for launching a food and retail item delivery service for passengers at their gates. The service has since expanded to Port Authority of New York & New Jersey airports.

    –City News Service
    "...drives our commitment to environmental stewardship..."

    "...recognized for its environmental sustainability programs and unique Airport Innovation Lab."
    Counting pennies and missing dollars best describes the sustainability efforts of SAN Diego Airport. While the drips from the air conditioning water the cactus, hundreds of unnecessary car trips are committed to be driven with new parking facilities, curb-side loading/pickup, high speed entry/exit ramps onto Harbor Drive, added traffic to city surface streets and highways and no meaningful mass transit solution to people moving. Where's the sustainability?

    A trolley spur from downtown out to the airport would truly be worth recognition I would say. Getting an award for collecting condenser drops, and providing food delivery inside a glorified mall, is emblematic of the fake virtue signaling of the land-use/government cabal of industry insiders. Using public finances to support an Airport Innovation Lab (what should be a privately supported endeavor) is an incredible misallocation of public funds. Get a grip!

    San Diego Airport Hires New President from San Jose International
    Chris Jennewein March 27, 2017
    Kimberly J. Becker, who has risen through the ranks at the Silicon Valley airport since 1995, will start work in San Diego on May 1, 2017. Her salary will be $280,000.

    San Diego is the nation’s busiest single-runway airport and last year saw total passenger volume increase to a record 20 million. Becker will join the Airport Authority as it is aggressively adding new nonstop air service, building a new Customs and Border Protection facility to accommodate rapid growth of international arrivals, and planning the replacement of 50-year-old Terminal 1.

    Airport Authority Board Chair April Boling said Becker was chosen following input from local business and community leaders and an extensive industry search. “We are delighted to have recruited Kim, whose proven leadership capabilities and collaborative style will allow our agile, high-performing team to take SAN to the next level,” Boling said.
    No inclusion of a trolley spur out to the airport with access to both the just completed Terminal-2 and soon to be Terminal-1 replacement doesn't seem very agile, collaborative, high performing or next level. The next level is higher GHG's, warmer climate and more traffic, noise and hassle for surrounding neighborhoods. At that salary (benefits and retirement), who needs to respond to the public when your overlords call the shots?

    The very short comment period (see July 10, 2018 posting above) shows the disdain, irrelevance of, and dismissal of any meaningful public input. They're just checking the boxes to adhere to the required laws concerning public engagement and input. Talk about being set in stone. Another governmental agency answerable only to itself with no public oversight or any coordinating help from our friends at SANDAG. Another day in paradise.
    • CommentAuthorallanorn
    • CommentTime3 days ago
    ^ From what I’ve heard (unconfirmed) there are three potential concerns with trolley to the airport.

    The first is that there currently isn’t a place to run the trolley line. You can’t run it down Harbor Drive unless you want to rip out all of the parking and the car rental path, or the bike path. That leaves Pacific Highway right next to the existing trolley tracks, which seems redundant. Also, where would be the proposed trolley terminal be on airport grounds? Last I heard they were talking about a people mover underneath the runway with an entrance at Pacific Highway but that was years ago. I guess you could do a monorail/AirTrain setup but those tend to get expensive real quick (also see #3).

    The second issue is that apparently under Federal Railroad Adminsitration rules you can’t have light rail crossing heavy rail at-grade. If the trolley tracks and the heavy rail tracks were swapped in that area MTS could build a nice transit center there, but that’s technically infeasible. Light rail and heavy rail can’t also use the same track at the same time, which is how the SPRINTER and the Blue Line run south of 12th/Imperial: heavy rail operations cannot use the track during regularly scheduled NCTD/MTS business hours at all.

    The third is that MTS and/or SANDAG have an intermodal transit center in the plans (constrained and/or unconstrained budget). The rumor I heard is that they’re waiting to see where the high speed rail corridor is going to go in and try to make the HSR terminus at the airport if at all possible. If true that would explain why they’re waiting to build it and also why they’re rebuilding Terminal 1 instead of talking of a possible airport move.
    First, I want to hire OKB as our bike/transit lobbyist.

    Second, although there should be rail to the airport, I don't understand why we don't work on an interim solution that incorporates shuttle buses. The buses now run frequently from the Pacific Hwy lot and rental car terminal into the airport. Build a pedestrian bridge from the Middletown trolley station over to Pacific Hwy, and have the shuttle buses stop there to pick up and drop off passengers. Expand the station somewhat. Probably a few million dollars. Then you can say you have an airport stop on the trolley. For years there was a shuttle bus from the Oakland Coliseum BART stop to the Oakland airport. Although the new spur rail line is nice, the old Air BART shuttle bus system worked adequately. The San Diego Trolley system would work even better than the old Air BART system, if we just thought creatively.

    Or is there some flaw in this plan that I'm not aware of? This seems like a no-brainer that should have been obvious to planners.
    • CommentAuthorallanorn
    • CommentTime2 days ago
    ^ Found the appropriate SDUT article from 2015. The current setup (walking from Middletown to the shuttle pickup point) was the most cost-efficient, because SANDAG.

    A direct pedestrian bridge from Middletown to the shuttle point needs to clear the railroad tracks right away and then go 600' across to the station. Getting all of the easements and making it ADA compliant on both ends is not cheap. You might be able to create a tunnel but I can't imagine that being cheaper or socially safe.