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CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST FOUNDATION PRESIDENT JACK SHU SPEAKS OUT ON SANDAG’S DECISION TO APPEAL TRANSPORTATION CASE TO STATE SUPREME COURT

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

Hear our interview with Jack Shu, Cleveland National Forest Foundation president: https://www.eastcountymagazine.org/sites/eastcountymagazine.org/files/au... 

 

 

December 31, 2014 (San Diego)—Jack Shu, president of the Cleveland National Forest Foundation (CNFF), sat down for an in-depth interview with East County Magazine on KNSJ radio.  CNFF and other environmental groups filed a lawsuit challenging the regional transportation plan proposed by the San Diego Association of Government (SANDAG) .  California Attorney General Kamala Harris joined the suit in support of environmentalist.

CNFF contends that instead of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, as state law requires, SANDAG’s plan will increase them by 700 percent (see chart). 

San Diegans rely 95% on automobiles for transportation and only 3% on transit, yet SANDAG’s plan calls for more freeways instead of expanding transit in the near future.  San Diego also has the seventh worth ozone pollution in the nation as well as serious asthma issues, CNFF argues, yet SANDAG failed to provide a health impact analysis in its plan.

An appellate court and trial court agreed with plaintiffs that SANDAG failed to adequately address air pollution and climate change concerns, yet SANDAG voted 20 to 1 to appeal to the California Supreme Court.

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SANDAG MAKES $15 MILLION IN GRANTS AVAILABLE TO FUND SMART GROWTH AND BIKE/PEDESTRIAN PROJECTS

 

Applications Due March 20

December 26, 2014 (San Diego)--To incentivize projects that promote smart growth, as well as increase walking, biking, and transit usage, SANDAG is calling on local jurisdictions to submit applications for $15 million in competitive grants available under its TransNet Smart Growth Incentive Program (SGIP) and TransNet Active Transportation Grant Program (ATGP).

MTS READY TO OPEN $44 MILLION 'RAPID' BUS ROUTE

 

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By Chris Jennewein , originally published in Times of San Diego

Photo by Chris Jennewein

October 12, 2014 (San Diego)--San Diego transit and planning agencies on Thursday  celebrated completion of the $44 million Mid-City Rapid project, which starting Sunday will provide fast bus service between San Diego State University and downtown San Diego.

AUGUST 13 HEARING TO CONSIDER WIDENING OF I-5

 

North Coast Corridor Public Works Plan/Transportation and Resource Enhancement Program has “dire consequences to public health, climate change, and coastal integrity” says Duncan McFetridge, Cleveland National Forest Foundation co-director

East County News Service

August 10, 2014 (San Diego)--The Cleveland National Forest Foundation (CNFF) has sent a formal request to the California Coastal Commission to postpone project approval for the North Coast Corridor Public Works Plan/Transportation and Resource Enhancement Program (PWP/TREP). This project would expand and widen areas of Interstate 5 between La Jolla and Oceanside.

McFetridge has long contended that transit problems encouraging sprawl anywhere in the county puts added pressure on forests in the inland regions.

PUBLIC SAFETY SPENDING AND ARRESTS IN S.D. REGION BOTH CONTINUE TO DECLINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 24, 2013 (San Diego) --Public safety spending is decreasing in the San Diego region. At the same time, arrests also are going down, according to a pair of new reports released by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). 

This news comes on the heels of several recent complaints ECM has heard from residents in unincorporated areas, who spoke to us off record to complain of very long response times for calls to the Sheriff.  According to the residents, responses of 30 to 60 minutes have occurred even for violent asauslts, hot prowl burglaries, and other crimes in progress in unincorporated areas such as Campo and Lakeside.

SANDAG HOLDS COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS TACKLING IMPORTANT REGIONAL ISSUES

 

Throughout June and July, SANDAG will hold community workshops countywide to solicit public input on the biggest issues facing the region between now and 2050 – including the economy, environment, energy, transportation, public health, land use, borders, and social equity. Iinput gathered at these workshops will be used to develop San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. The SANDAG Board is expected to adopt the plan in 2015.

A workshop in East County will be held on  June 27 from 6-8 p.m. in the  La Mesa Community Center, Arbor View Room, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa.  For a full list of workshops, scroll down.

PUBLIC MEETINGS ON MID-CITY RAPID BUS PROJECT CONSTRUCTION JUNE 10 AND 13

 

New Bus Line Runs Between SDSU and Downtown

June 9, 2013 (San Diego) – SANDAG will hold evening open house meetings on Monday and Thursday this week to inform the community about the upcoming construction of the Mid-City Rapid Bus Project. Mid-City Rapid will be a high-frequency, limited-stop bus service between San Diego State University and Downtown San Diego via Park and El Cajon Boulevards.

MADRID, EWIN FEUD OVER COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS AND TRAVEL ISSUES

 

By Miriam Raftery and Janis Mork

February 15, 2013 (La Mesa)--It’s not often that a mayor accuses a councilmember of lying in a public meeting, or that a councilmember contends the mayor is engaging in schoolyard banter.  Both happened in La Mesa this week, where Mayor Art Madrid and Councilmember Ernie Ewin engaged in a terse dispute over appointments to three regional boards plus travel expenses.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

DRAFT PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT PLAN FOR REGIONAL PLAN RELEASED FOR PUBLIC REVIEW

January 15, 2013 (San Diego)--SANDAG invites the public to review and comment on the draft Public Involvement Plan (PIP) that will be used to support the development of a consolidated regional plan. The review period ends February 7, 2013. Comments should be directed to David Hicks at david.hicks@sandag.org.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

December 26, 2012 -- (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

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READER’S EDITORIAL: MAYOR FILNER’S BINATIONAL OFFICE IN TIJUANA IS LONG OVERDUE

By Patrick Osio

December 1, 2012 (San Diego)--The election of Bob Filner as Mayor of San Diego can have positive trans-border economic growth with his plan of San Diego’s opening an office in Tijuana for direct and timely communications with that city’s mayor, other city and state officials and business and community leaders. It's long overdue.

To be sure, the idea of closer cooperation between the cities of San Diego and Tijuana have been important with former San Diego mayors as most recently exemplified by Mayor Jerry Sanders who had a strong and amicable relationship with the former and present Tijuana mayors. Going back to Pete Wilson who worked closely with Tijuana city, state and federal agencies on the location of the Otay Mesa  Port of Entry, and Susan Golding establishing a direct telephone (Red Line) between her office and then Mayor of Tijuana, Hector Osuna Jaime, after the devastating El Niño storms that crippled Tijuana’s economy.

DEADLINE FOR SANDAG'S PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SURVEY EXTENDED

October 8, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego County residents have until a week from today to fill out an important public participation survey. SANDAG has extended the survey deadline to Oct. 15. The online survey, available in both English and Spanish, asks residents how SANDAG could best provide information and get input from them about significant regional issues, such as transportation, growth, housing, energy, sustainability, and regional planning.

CRIME RATES UP IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2012, BUT STILL THE SECOND LOWEST IN THE PAST DECADE

August 30, 2012 (San Diego)--After several consecutive years of declines, crime rates in San Diego County are on the upswing in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period last year – however, both violent crime and property crime rates are still the second lowest in the past ten years, according to a SANDAG report released Tuesday.

NEARLY 2,000 ACRES OF VALUABLE HABITAT ACQUIRED AND PRESERVED

 
Acquisition augments San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
 
July 16, 2012 (East San Diego County) -- With the assistance of The Nature Conservancy, SANDAG and the U.S. Department of the Interior have bought a 1,905-acre property in East San Diego County for open space preservation and the protection of endangered and threatened species, including the Quino checkerspot butterfly and California gnatcatcher.

CITY OF LEMON GROVE HOSTS GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY TO COMMENCE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW MAIN STREET PROMENADE JULY 19

 

City’s Highly-Anticipated, Sustainable Redevelopment Project Moves Forward
June 11, 2012 (Lemon Grove) -- Construction is set to begin next month on the highly-anticipated Main Street Promenade Redevelopment Project in Lemon Grove. The public is invited to join regional public officials for the groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, July 19 at 3:00 p.m. on the 3500 block of Main Street, just north of Broadway.

SOUTH BAY EXPRESSWAY TOLL REDUCTIONS NOW IN EFFECT

 
July 1, 2012 (Otay Ranch) -- SANDAG implemented across-the-board toll reductions for the South Bay Expressway (State Route 125 toll road) today and marked the historic occasion by hosting a free community celebration at the Otay Ranch Town Center.
 
Dignitaries at the event included SANDAG Chair and Encinitas Mayor Jerome Stocks, Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox, and County Supervisor Greg Cox.

DAVE ROBERTS CHARTS MODERATE COURSE IN QUEST TO WIN SEAT ON BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

By E.A. Barrera
 
Candidacy blends elements of conservatism, liberalism and pragmatism
 
May 8, 2012 San Diego)--Solana Beach City Councilman Dave Roberts likes to describe himself as a “passionate moderate” who is more interested in getting things done then towing a party line.

He is running for the third District Supervisorial seat currently held by 20-year incumbent Pam Slater-Price. Slater-Price decided not to seek reelection for what would have been a fifth term, thus breaking up a board of five members who have served together for 17 years.Roberts’ main opponent is Congressman Brian Bilbray’s Chief of Staff Steve Danon.

HIGHWAY 94 CLUB TO SEEK ANSWERS FROM SANDAG AND CALTRANS

What can be done to make Highway 94 safer? April 19 meeting set at Barrett Junction Cafe

 
“Pray for me, I drive Highway 94”

April 16, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--That’s a bumper sticker spotted now and again on cars, SUVs and trucks traversing State Route 94 as it departs suburban San Diego out past Rancho San Diego and Jamul and enters a world quite different.  

The people who live along SR 94 “out east” toward Dulzura and Barratt Junction, Potrero and Campo are a different breed — a blend of distinctly Mid-Western American values of land and open space with a spirit of entrepreneurship to raise horses and sheep and to plant vineyards and bottle and brand their own wines.

CA ATTORNEY GENERAL & ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SUE SANDAG OVER REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN

 

By Megan McGlamery

March 8, 2012 (San Diego)—“Our biggest challenge is to stabilize climate change,” Mike Bullock, chairman of the Transportation Committee for Sierra Club’s San Diego chapter, told attendees at the Forging a Sustainable Future Conference hosted by UnitedGREEN at San Diego State University last weekend. 

To accomplish that, the state has set ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions--and mandated that counties reduce driving and encourage public transportation. 

But the San Diego Association of Government (SANDAG) failed to meet those goals in a Regional Transportation Plan(RTP) that it approved last fall. Now, California Attorney General Kamala Harris has joined with the Sierra Club, the Cleveland National Forest Foundation, and other environmental groups to sue SANDAG. 

JOIN EDGEMOORE IN GROWING A COMMUNITY GARDEN FOR SANTEE

 

 By Melissa Roberts
 
February 9, 2012 (Santee) -- Lack of access to healthy, fresh foods has contributed to the rise in obesity rates in Americans.  One way to address this concern is by increasing the availability of gardens accessible to the community.  An initiative under way is assisting communities to build gardens that can be sustained for many seasons is Healthy Works.As part of Healthy Works, a volunteer garden is currently being established at Edgemoor Hospital in Santee (655 Park Center Drive) which can be utilized by both local residents and Edgemoor staff. 

CAL-TRANS, SANDAG REVEAL PLAN FOR DOUBLE-DECKER FREEWAY TO JULIAN

 

By Joy Ryder

 

April 1, 2011 (Julian) – Highway 67 is notorious for the many head-on collisions and fatality crashes which have occurred on the winding stretch from Lakeside to Julian. Today, Cal-Trans and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) announced a solution.

 

In a joint press conference outside Julian Apple Pie Company, a major project sponsor, officials from both agencies revealed plans to replace old 67 with a new double-decker freeway from Santee to Julian.
 

THOUSANDS FROLIC ON NEW FREEWAY: HIGHWAY 52 NOW OPEN FROM SANTEE TO THE SEA

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 20, 2011 (Santee) – An estimated 20,000 people turned out to run, walk, bike and party atop the last link of Highway 52 at yesterday’s “Sea to Santee” celebration. Now open to traffic, the new freeway segment is the last link connecting Highway 67 in East County to Interstate 5 and La Jolla.

 

Transportation improvements have historically heralded changes in East County, starting with cattle drives and the coming of stagecoach and railway lines in the 19th century. Invention of the "horseless carriage" brought construction of Highways 94 and 80, connecting East County to San Diego and Arizona. The aviation era led to the airfield at Gillespie Field. More recently, construction of Interstate 8, Highway 67 and now Highway 52 further improved access to East County for visitors from around the county and across the nation. 

 

The new highway will also make it faster for East County residents to reach San Diego destinations including employment and yes, beaches.  Surf's up, Santee!

PEDESTRIAN SKY BRIDGE TO GROSSMONT CENTER BREAKS GROUND, THANKS TO STIMULUS FUNDS

 

February 14, 2010 (La Mesa)—A groundbreaking will be held Wednesday, February 17 at 11:30 a.m. for improvements including an elevator tower, stairs, and a pedestrian bridge connecting the Grossmont Transit Center trolley stop and residential community to Grossmont Shopping Center shops and nearby businesses.

SANDAG SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP PLAN REGION’S FUTURE

June 5, 2009 (San Diego)—The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is seeking public volunteers for its Regional Planning Stakeholders Working Group to serve in an advisory capacity to both the SANDAG Regional Planning and Transportation Committees on the development of the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and its components, and laying the foundation for the next Regional Comprehensive Plan (RCP) update. The 2050 RTP is scheduled for adoption by the SANDAG Board of Directors in 2011.

 

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