Maya Srikrishnan

Maya Srikrishnan is a reporter for Voice of San Diego. She can be reached at maya.srikrishnan@voiceofsandiego.org.

If ever a housing development was ripe to cut down on parking spaces, it would be National City’s Paradise Creek. Yet a push from the city to reduce parking spaces for the development never got off the ground. The struggle reveals one of the region’s biggest challenges when it comes to providing affordable housing and encouraging the use of public transit.

Escondido Mayor Sam Abed claims SANDAG’s proposed ballot measure favors public transportation projects in the city of San Diego, at the expense of North County. His statement misses a broader point fundamental to regional transportation planning: North County residents don’t live in bubbles.

If voter registration advantages ever translate into Election Day victories, Democrats and Republicans will each have two seats on the County’s Board of Supervisors. The coastal District 3 would then be where the fight for control over the body will play out. And this year, we have a preview of what those contests might be like.

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