Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Elizabeth Hannon of the Uptown Community Parking District made important presentations at the monthly meeting of the Hillcrest Town Council (HTC) on Oct. 13.
Speaker Atkins, who is finishing up her 16th month as Speaker (and is the first Speaker from San Diego in state history), updated the community on a number of things that she is working on. Many Californians are concerned about the drought and water issues, and Atkins announced that a desalination plant for the San Diego region will be completed in early 2017, ahead of schedule. Other bills and issues she discussed included the trade of ivory, fresh fish delivery, climate legislation, earned income tax credit, tuition scholarships for middle class families, higher education funding, homelessness and transit.
Hannon, the Chief Operating Officer of the Uptown Community Parking District, discussed two parking proposals that are under consideration. Parking is a challenge in many parts of Hillcrest, and Hannon and other groups are working to address the issue. Some things her group has done include negotiating a deal to make the DMV parking lot open for free parking after-hours and creating the “Lunch Loop” trolley to bring hospital employees into the core of Hillcrest without having to use their cars.
Two new ideas are on the table: residential parking permit areas and angled parking on some streets.