“With working families still reeling from the economic impacts of the pandemic — and given that this charge is not necessary for this plan to be successful — we do not support the inclusion of a road usage charge as a means of financing the county’s transportation plan.”
– Catherine Blakespear, Todd Gloria and Alejandra Sotelo-Solis
Catherine Blakespear, mayor of Encinitas and chair of the San Diego Association of Regional Governments (SANDAG)… agrees that bicycles will never be anywhere near the dominant mode of transportation, but argues that even a minute switch would be beneficial.
Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, who leads the county planning agency that coordinated construction of the new line, said Sunday was a day for celebrating and also looking forward. “It’s not that frequently that you open a $2 billion, nine-stop, 11-mile transit line,” she said.
New trolley line to La Jolla could be ‘game-changer’ for commuting, housing, equity and climate efforts
“As the Chair of SANDAG, I’m proud to have played a role in this landmark transportation network improvement. Our new UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley creates several exciting and convenient ways for people to be able to work, shop and play.”
– Catherine Blakespear
“I’m extremely pleased that my council colleagues joined together to pass my resolution to demonstrate to the federal government our city’s formal opposition to drilling off our coastline,” Mayor Blakespear said.
“Our finances, even against the headwinds of COVID-19, have been robust and sound,” Mayor Catherine Blakespear said.
“Resilience is a word that best describes who we have shown ourselves to be this past year,” Blakespear said. “While none of us would have predicted the upheaval to our daily lives or the tragedies of COVID-19, it does serve as a striking reminder of the importance of our health and safety, and our responsibility to each other. What we do, how we act, what we say and how we treat one another, matters more than ever.”
“We’re really excited because we’re doing our part, we care about climate change, we want to be a more environmentally committed city and we’re doing everything we can to get there,” said Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear.
“We use more natural gas in our homes on water heaters than we do on space heating,” said Karl Aldinger, a conservation organizer for Sierra Club. “It’s because they run constantly, so even in the summertime they’re still running and it’s something we take for granted.”
“We always seek to understand your perspective and to provide updates on where we are and where we are going. Whether you are a person who bikes, walks or drives to where you’re going, you can communicate with us via email at [email protected], or by phone, toll-free, at (833) 899-BIKE (2453). Thank you for being vocal, passionate, and caring members of our community. The only way to build a safe transportation network — for all modes of travel — is together.”
“We know that California right now is really in need of an equitable economic recovery from the pandemic,” she said. “We need bold leadership in tackling the ever growing threat of climate change. That requires action from all levels of government at all times. It’s really important that California continue to be a leader.”
“We need to have better transit in our county. So right now it is clear that for many people transit is not competitive with the car. And that is something that I hope we can change. And I recognize that it changes over time and it starts with things like transit going where you want to go, and it’s going with enough frequency that it’s a choice you’ll make.”
“Never been afraid to tackle the tough issues when it came to housing and supporting new initiatives,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “Her bipartisan approach is always appreciated, and I think that is how our region succeeds. I think we will be in good hands in the coming year under Catherine’s leadership.”
“It’s way more than parking. It’s truly wrap-around services with one goal to get individuals and families in the parking lot back into housing so it could be everything from employment to working with them in housing navigation, food, a variety of services, mental health services,” said Michael Hopkins, CEO of Jewish Family Services.