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Proposed San Diego Code Update Seeks to Increase Density Near Transit

A set of proposed updates to the city’s development code would expand TOD zones and encourage more backyard dwellings.

January 9, 2023 - Del Mar Times

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Old San Diego Library to Become Shelter

The long-disused Central Library will accommodate 26 unhoused residents starting later this month.

January 5, 2023 - Voice of San Diego

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Opinion: To Meet Climate Goals, San Diego Must Improve Bike Infrastructure

The city wants to drastically reduce carbon emissions, but bike advocates argue it has not done enough to make biking and walking in the city safer and more convenient.

January 3, 2023 - San Diego Magazine

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San Diego Ponders How to Declare ‘Housing as a Human Right’

Landlords in the city believe housing rights shouldn’t supersede property rights.

November 2, 2022 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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How to Hire and Retain Bus Drivers During the Great Resignation

Bus systems all over the country are cutting service due to an ongoing shortage of operators—the drivers who make the whole system go. A few examples of success provide a way forward.

October 17, 2022 - TransitCenter

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San Diego No-Fault Eviction Ban Expires

A temporary ban on evictions without cause was lifted on September 30, spurring fears that landlords will aggressively push tenants out of apartment units to raise rents.

October 6, 2022 - Fox 5

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Rent-to-Own Program Gives San Diegans Access to E-Bikes

A program that distributed over 400 e-bikes to low-income San Diego residents is poised to go statewide.

September 26, 2022 - Next City

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Electric School Buses Put Power Back Into Grid

A “vehicle to grid” pilot program in a Southern California school district has school buses doing double-duty as electricity storage.

July 31, 2022 - Governing

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San Diego Not Meeting State Housing Goals

Based on the number of permits issued for new construction in the last year, the city must triple its production to meet the targets set by the state in the latest round of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment.

July 20, 2022 - Voice of San Diego

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California Coastal Commission Nixes Parking Reforms Intended to Spur ADUs in San Diego

Environmental causes run into conflict with zoning reforms intended for environmental benefit once again, as the California Coastal Commission requires San Diego to reinstate parking requirements for ADUs.

June 23, 2022 - OB Rag

Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, San Diego, California

Waterfront Wonder: The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park in San Diego

Learn more about this beautiful concert venue located on the edge of San Diego Bay.

June 20, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

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San Diego To Consider Tightening Regulations on E-Scooters

Proposed regulations would limit the popular micromobility devices to two operators, impose new fees, and require more accountability for safe scooter use and parking.

May 4, 2022 - NBC San Diego

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People Mover Proposed for San Diego Airport

The $4 billion project promises to connect San Diego to its international airport in under ten minutes.

May 3, 2022 - San Diego Union-Tribune

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San Diego To Consider Upzoning in College Area

Local residents worry that city proposals to increase density will harm neighborhood character, while the city is touting ‘smart growth’ as the goal.

April 28, 2022 - NBC San Diego

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Local Opposition Threatens San Diego’s Last ‘Slow Street’

Residents in Pacific Beach want the city to revise its design of the Diamond Street ‘slow street,’ the last remaining segment of pandemic-era pedestrian-oriented road in the city.

April 26, 2022 - San Diego Union-Tribune

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Report: San Diego Density Bonus Has Created Hundreds of Affordable Units

Going above and beyond California’s state-level housing density bonus law, San Diego launched its own program to encourage developers to build more affordable units.

April 25, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

San Diego Metropolitan Transit System

Free Transit for San Diego Youth

The Youth Opportunity Pass program provides free transit to San Diego County youth in an effort to boost ridership and improve transportation options for young residents.

April 20, 2022 - ABC 10 News San Diego

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San Diego County Development Turns Inward

Formerly a bastion of sprawling suburban developments, the San Diego region is experiencing a renaissance of urban infill development and higher-density, mixed use construction projects.

April 10, 2022 - Urban Land Institute


San Diego Moving Forward With No-Fault Eviction Moratorium

Unlike the no-fault eviction protections being considered in other states and cities, San Diego's new eviction moratorium is timed to coincide with the ongoing economic and public health emergency presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

April 6, 2022 - Voice of San Diego

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'Homes for All of Us' Initiative Eases San Diego Building Restrictions

The ordinance, which allows lot splitting and eases permitting for accessory dwelling units, is an effort to boost housing affordability.

March 16, 2022 - CBS 8 San Diego

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