SANDAG wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
Encinitas Mayor Blakespear Named New SANDAG Chair
At the December 4 SANDAG Board of Directors meeting, the Board unanimously elected its current Vice Chair, Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, to Chair of the Regional Transportation Planning Agency. Blakespear will begin her new role on January 1, 2021, and will serve for two years.
Blakespear takes the helm at a pivotal time for SANDAG and the region. The Regional Plan will be determined at the end of 2021, and the new extension of the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley will open about the same time. In 2022, the agency will begin implementing the Regional Plan and will work with regional, state, and federal leaders and advocates on funding challenges.
Blakespear has been a member of the SANDAG Board since January 2017 after being elected Encinitas Mayor in November 2016. She was re-elected to a third term as Mayor last month. In addition to serving on the SANDAG Board, Blakespear is a Board member of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the Encina Wastewater Authority, the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority, and the San Dieguito Water District. Blakespear is a fourth-generation resident of Encinitas and an attorney. Congratulations to Chair-Elect Blakespear on this well-deserved role.
SANDAG Continues Funding Opportunities to Support Outdoor Activities
SANDAG is excited to announce the continuation of the Shared Streets Pilot Program with an additional $60,000 in grant funds to support Bike Month in May 2021.
Shared Streets 2.0 Pilot Program funding is intended for projects that create streets where users of all ages and abilities feel safe and comfortable riding bikes and using other micromobility options (e.g., scooters, skateboards) while reducing vehicle miles traveled. The 18 cities and the County of San Diego are invited to apply and may also partner with non-profits, advocacy groups, community-based organizations, or other entities to implement the pilot. To learn more, visit sandag.org/sharedstreets.
SANDAG Construction Activities Updates
During the pandemic, SANDAG continues to keep construction projects moving while following all health measures and orders.
Construction of El Portal Undercrossing Breaks Ground
In early December, SANDAG and the City of Encinitas began construction of the El Portal Undercrossing at the north end of Old Encinitas, between N Vulcan Avenue and N Coast Highway 101. Initial construction activities include the installation of a temporary fence, tree removal and brush clearing, and the removal of existing concrete structures. The El Portal Undercrossing will create a new rail bridge and pedestrian undercrossing between N Coast Highway 101 and N Vulcan Avenue, east of El Portal Street in Old Encinitas. Construction is anticipated to be completed by Spring 2022. Learn more at KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/LOSSAN.
Median Islands Take Shape as Part of Fourth and Fifth Avenue Bikeways Project
SANDAG crews continued construction of median islands that will separate bikeways from parking and vehicle travel lanes on Fifth Avenue between Cedar and Laurel streets in the City of San Diego. Construction includes newly constructed stormwater drainage improvements, upgraded curb ramps, and the installation of medians where landscaping will be planted at various intersections on Fourth Avenue between Cedar and Grape streets. When complete, the Fourth and Fifth Avenue Bikeways project will add approximately 4.5 miles of separated and buffered bikeways on Fourth and Fifth Avenues between Downtown San Diego and Hillcrest, enhancing connections in San Diego’s urban core. This project is the first segment of the Uptown Bikeways, which will add approximately 12 miles of bikeways to the City of San Diego. Learn more at KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/FourthandFifthBikeways.
During the symposium, Edwin “Thorpe” Romero was honored for his work to support collaboration between SANDAG and the tribal nations through the Southern California Tribal Chairman’s Association (SCTCA). Earlier this year, SANDAG and the SCTCA signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the implementation of the 2021 Regional Plan through the established government-to-government framework. To learn more about the 2021 Regional Plan, visit SDForward.com.
New SANDAG Report Analyzes Marijuana Use Among San Diego Arrestees Post-Proposition 64
The SANDAG Criminal Justice Clearinghouse recently released a new report, Marijuana Use Among San Diego Arrestees: Three Years of Data Post-Proposition 64, which examined data from 2017 to 2019, including how perception and use of marijuana have changed among San Diego arrestees after Proposition 64 passed in 2016, legalizing the use of recreational marijuana. The report found that in 2018 and 2019, 66% of arrestees were more likely to use marijuana after legalization, compared to 57% in 2017. In addition, the report found that in 2019, 78% of juveniles reported ever vaping THC, compared with 62% of adults. View more highlights from the report in the CJ Flash.
Meth Strike Force Shares Research Findings at Countywide Press Conference
On November 13, industry experts in the County of San Diego Meth Strike Force, including SANDAG Director of Research and Program Management, Cindy Burke, shared findings from their latest report card about meth and its effects on users in the San Diego region.
The countywide report card found an alarming 546 meth-related deaths occurred in 2019, a 76% increase from 2015 to 2019. The research is driven by efforts to diminish meth impacts through prevention, recovery, and enforcement in the San Diego region. The press conference streamed live on the Meth Strike Force’s Facebook page, and the latest statistics are available on the Meth Strike Force’s website.
SANDAG Unveils New Highway Traffic Monitoring Tool
SANDAG recently unveiled a new tool to help San Diegans view travel patterns since the start of the pandemic. The SANDAG Highway Hot Spots & Volumes Tracker is an interactive map that tracks weekday month-by-month vehicle miles traveled at ten traffic hotspots, including traffic speeds and average daily traffic volumes. The data available on the tracker includes March through October 2020, and users can also compare current data to the same time in 2019. The SANDAG tracker will be updated monthly. For a guide to help navigate through the Highway Hot Spots & Volumes Tracker, visit sandag.org/highwaytracker.
Explore the Faster, Fairer, Cleaner Transportation Vision for the 2021 Regional Plan
Speak with members of the 2021 Regional Plan team. Join staff and fellow community members for an upcoming virtual community chat session. Engage with staff, ask questions and learn about tools and resources to explore the vision for the 2021 Regional Plan. Spanish-speaking staff will be available in each session.
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