Posts Tagged ‘SANDAG’
Public safety routinely consumes 50% or more of municipal budgets and crime rates are very much associated with the perception and reality related to “quality of life” issues. Is your local park an amenity or a menace? Additionally, property crimes have a direct effect on the cost of your area’s property Insurance. The attached annual SANDAG Crime Report indicates that in 2011, both the violent and property crime rates for the San Diego region decreased and were again at new 30-year lows. Good job people!
Annual CrimeReport 2011
Per Richard Phillips of the Encinitas City Manager’s Office:
Construction of the Santa Fe grade-separated pedestrian undercrossing was been placed out to bid by SANDAG today (8/30). The project is the first of four grade-separated pedestrian undercrossings that are planned for the rail corridor that runs through Encinitas. Part of the Santa Fe project includes construction of a small portion (220’) of the rail trail just south of the undercrossing site. The purpose of the grade-separated pedestrian crossings is to improve pedestrian access and circulation across the rail corridor and improve rail/pedestrian safety conditions. Planning of the project began in 2002 with the settlement agreement between the City and NCTD and obtaining a funding commitment from the State for preliminary design and engineering. The City and SANDAG partnered in the project, with the City taking the lead in design approval and environmental documentation phase, and SANDAG on the construction phase. Funding for the project is from State TCRP, STIPP, a TransNet funding swap by SANDAG and the City of Encinitas CIP # WMC02A ($1.25 m).
When State Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) is not plucking the petals from a rose a to determine whether or not she should run for Mayor, she seems content to bungle up traffic on the 5 freeway in north San Diego City and County. Car accidents are proving to be the old-fashioned way to mess up traffic. Nowadays you can hold up the expansion of a freeway by introducing a bill in the State Senate–thus further marring traffic in the area you claim to represent. Six more lanes on the 5 freeway from La Jolla to Oceanside would sure be nice, but Kehoe doesn’t think so.
I must give credit to the North County Times editorial board for having the integrity and honor to very boldly publish a correction for a previously published misleading piece. They didn’t hide it on the page two “corrections” blurb, they put it right out there in the editorial section where the error occurred. If this type of responsive and admirable journalistic character and integrity were the norm in the mainstream media, I believe the public would have far more respect for it, and they would have far more credibility with the public. Thank you North County Times for doing the right thing. You make me proud to be a subscriber and occasional Community Forum contributer!
I was troubled by the “Raspberry” the NCTimes handed out to SANDAG the other day for a number of reasons. I have emailed them my concerns but doubt they’ll have the fortitude to publish any correction, so I’ll post here and you will know the accurate facts. It’s a shame the editorial Board couldn’t have the courage or courtesy to call and confirm their concerns… I guarantee you they have my phone number and email address… Too much trouble I suppose. The editorial is in italics, and my corrections are in bold:
Posted in Editorial on Monday, February 1, 2010 12:00 am Updated: 10:25 pm.| Tags: Editorials, Nct, Opinion