The San Diego Association of Governments would like to focus on mass transit over expanding road and highway systems. Last week we asked readers: Will San Diegans ever give up cars and embrace public transit and the increased taxes needed to build it?Public won’t back a partial solutionWill the public buy the next good idea to solve traffic woes? No, they won’t, nor should they until someone can lay out a viable transit network, one that connects people and takes them from where they are to where they need to be in a convenient, reliable and affordable way. Statistically, and through, ahem, observation, it is painfully apparent that the automobile is the dominant means of movement and will be for some time to come. This is, after all, Southern California.So, with that question answered, how do we get from here to there? Honestly, if we go back to the 1970s, we can see where we went wrong. We didn’t make a full commitment to a transit future, and we didn’t even … [Read more...] about Your Say: Transit’s future in San Diego County
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A decade ago, as the Great Recession was taking hold, there were “zero” residential building projects going on or even being considered in Escondido.Today, as the economy hums and the need for housing is on the tips of the tongues of local leaders and business officials, the opposite is the case. Thousands of condos, apartments and homes are either being built or are far into the planning process.“During the recession, we had zero residential projects underway,” said Escondido Community Development Director Bill Martin. “Now, we are predominately residential projects. And that’s where we need to be. We’re in a housing crisis.”The following are brief updates on big housing projects in Escondido, plus an innovative church project along Grand: Safari Highlands Ranch, a project calling for the construction of 550 luxury homes in a gated community in the hills above the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park in the San Pasqual Valley, is undergoing … [Read more...] about Thousands of condos, apartments and homes planned for Escondido
San Diego officials are proposing new zoning policies that would make it easier for developers to build “mixed-use” projects featuring dense housing blended together with commercial and industrial uses.The goal is encouraging more high-rise housing projects to be built near jobs in major transportation corridors, preferably ones with mass transit.City officials say the new zoning is most likely to be used in Mission Valley, Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa and University City, where many developments have outdated layouts featuring large surface parking lots and only one type of use.But the new zoning policies would apply to the entire city, so they could be used in other areas. The new zoning policies would also help the city meet the goals of its legally binding climate action plan by reducing the need for many residents to commute long distances to work. The Planning Commission unanimously approved the new policies Thursday, sending them to the City Council for final approval in … [Read more...] about San Diego encouraging more mixed-use neighborhoods with new zoning policy
Reporting from San Diego — San Diegans will probably be asked in coming years to pay for a costly, yet world-class public transit system — complete with a San Diego Grand Central, new rail lines and commute times that rival driving.To fund the ambitious vision, officials are gearing up to ask the region’s historically tax-averse electorate to approve not one but two new tax hikes, the first of which could be before voters as soon as November 2020.For months, leaders at the county’s premiere transportation and planning agency, the San Diego Assn. of Governments, have sketched out the need for tens of billions of dollars in public funding to overhaul the region’s transit system.Now officials with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System say they’re also serious about pursuing a tax increase to pay for bus and rail upgrades.Political and transportation experts have said the move could be risky, potentially confusing voters and stretching … [Read more...] about San Diegans could face two tax hikes to fund world-class transit system. But will they foot the bill?
Calvin Woodward, Seth Borenstein and Hope Yen, Associated Press Updated 5:34 am PDT, Saturday, March 16, 2019 IN this March 14, 2019, photo, Beto O'Rourke speaks at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 13 hall in Burlington, Iowa. IN this March 14, 2019, photo, Beto O'Rourke speaks at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 13 hall in Burlington, Iowa. Photo: Charlie Neibergall, AP Photo: Charlie Neibergall, AP Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 IN this March 14, 2019, photo, Beto O'Rourke speaks at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 13 hall in Burlington, Iowa. IN this March 14, 2019, photo, Beto O'Rourke speaks at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 13 hall in Burlington, Iowa. … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: O’Rourke on climate, Trump on ‘no collusion’