The Complete Bulevard, Planning Study


The Complete Boulevard SANDAG Smart Growth project is underway in the Little Saigon District. The El Cajon Boulevard BIA, through the Mid-City Community Parking District, partnered with the City of San Diego on the Complete Boulevard SANDAG Smart Growth Grant and was awarded $175,000 for improvements in the Little Saigon District.

The Complete Boulevard Planning Study will work with the City Heights and Talmadge communities to propose multi-modal mobility infrastructure improvements within the El Cajon Boulevard corridor between Highland Avenue and 50th Street, and will produce a planning study that includes preliminary engineering drawings for the highest priority improvements. The mobility infrastructure improvements envisioned for the corridor are intended to help realize the transformative potential of the Rapid Bus service in Mid-City by creating a more walkable, bikeable, and transit-friendly street corridor. The section of El Cajon Boulevard that is the focus of this project encompasses the Little Saigon District, and this planning study will identify urban design improvements that will help highlight this district and enhance the corridor's existing character. Learn more on the Project Page.

Project Schedule

  • The Complete Boulevard study is required to be fully completed by the 1/29/2017 contract deadline.
  • The following provides the task items and schedule to be completed:
    • Final Conceptual Plans -September 2016
    • 30% Preliminary Engineering Drawings for Specific High Priority Locations
    • Draft Study -November 2016
    • Final Study -January 2017




West End Traffic Calming, Walkability and Parking Study

Through a community process, the MCCPD has selected and contracted with KTU+A to study the west end of El Cajon Boulevard.The project addresses the following issues between Park Blvd to I-805.

• Traffic Calming Measures
• Crosswalk Enhancements
• Parking Management
• Non-motorized Transportation/ Bike Lanes
• Lighting


  • April 2, 2012- A survey of business owners and other stakeholders was conducted to prioritize the goals of the project.

    The top priorities were:

    • Safe and non-confrontational environment
    • Encourages new investments from developers with new projects
    • Well lit walkways
    • A very walkable street along its edges & at street crossings (may create some congestion)
    • Supports social interaction on the street
    • Traffic calmed with minor congestion at peak times but slower overall traffic
    • Business supportive
    • Encourages new investments from existing owners through renovations
    • Celebrates public art/design
    • Dynamic design elements that attracts users throughout the day and night
    • A very bikeable street (may require loss of one---lane of traffic or some parking)

The full survey results can be found here.

  • July 31, 2012- Project kick-off meeting. There was an overview of the study area with discussions and input on problem areas and ongoing projects or changes expected that the team should now about. There was also an initial review of walk time zones for transit, for public facilities, for major employment and major retail locations.
  • September 13, 2012- A stakeholder meeting was held to go over constraint and opportunity mapping results, collision data and preliminary solutions.



  • November 28, 2012- A stakeholder meeting was held to go over recommendations.


Bike Corrals


The MCCPD will facilitate the installation of bike corrals in the district. Locations will be announced once City approval is gained.



  • May 23, 2011- An application to evaluate a location on Louisiana Street, adjacent to the Lafayette Hotel has been submitted.
  • August 09, 2011- Several attempts have been made to check on the status of this process. City staff is unresponsive.
  • May 16, 2012- The project is moving forward. The Mid City Community Parking District has ordered 6 inverted U racks. City staff will be installing the corral on Louisiana Street, adjacent to the Lafayette Hotel. The North Park LMD has agreed to pay to clean and maintain the corral.
  • July 26, 2012- City crews have installed the first bike corral in the district on Louisiana St, adjacent to the Lafayette Hotel. The racks were purchased with Mid-City Community Parking funds and the installation was funded by a SANDAG grant to the City. The North Park Landscape Maintenance District will be responsible for cleaning the corrals.

Bike the Boulevard fills the corral at the Lafayette hotel stop


Council member Gloria was at Bike the Boulevard to celebrate the corral.


City crews installing the bike corral


The first parklet project to be funded by the MCCPD is located on Alabama Street in front of Mama’s Lebanese Bakery and the Live Wire. The design includes landscaping, seating and bike amenities that will be both functional and engaging for the community. Parklets incorporate traffic calming and walkability amenities in one structure. This project is a partnership between The Mid-City Community Parking District, The El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association, and the business owners, which exemplifies the support and interest in carrying this project through for the benefit of the community at large.

Just in time for Park(ing) Day, Friday, September 19th, The City of San Diego's second permitted parklet was installed.

Council Member Todd Gloria, Eddie Haidar (Mama's Bakery), Tootie Thomas (Lips), Jorge Michios (parklet designer), and Sam Chammas (Live Wire) at the opening ceremony


Head-In (90 Degree) Parking

Click image above for an enlarged PDF
In 2006, the Mid-City Community Parking District hired The Mission Group to
explore converting side streets to 90 degree head in angle parking.


Kansas Street Head-In Parking Pilot Project

This project installed head-in parking along two blocks of Kansas Street, just north of El Cajon Boulevard. Head-in parking is similar to the more familiar diagonal parking (that is in more common use), except that the spaces will be perpendicular to the curb. Kansas Street was selected because it is one of the wider streets in the area. The east side of the street will continue to be parallel parking as it is now.

The project has been developed in conjunction with the City of San Diego traffic engineers. They will monitor and evaluate the change. If for any reason it causes unanticipated problems it can be discontinued. If, however, it is well received it could be expanded to other wide streets in the area such as Utah and Oregon Streets.


  • June 2011- A pilot project for the block of Kansas, just east of El Cajon Boulevard will be installed in the coming months. If the community likes the 90 degree parking configuration, a second block will be added.
  • August 2011 - The Kansas Street pilot project has been installed between El Cajon Boulevard and Meade Ave. The number of parking spaces increased from 16 to 32. The project will be evaluated for impacts
  • September 2011 - Article in Reader "North Park’s Pilot Perpendicular Parking Project"
  • January 5, 2012 - After positive feedback from the community, the MCCPD has requested that phase 2 of Kansas be installed. Assuming positive feedback will result from phase 2, additional side streets will be converted to head-in parking
  • June 19, 2012 - Phase 2 of Kansas St has been installed. Plans for additional streets are currently in the works.


Council member Gloria with City crews at the Kansas St, Phase 2 installation

Kansas St, Phase 2


Kansas St, Phase 1

Kansas St, Phase 1


Oregon Street Head-In Parking


  • August 2012- A request was submitted to the City of San Diego to evaluate Oregon Street (from University Avenue to Adams Avenue) for conversion to 90 degree head in parking.
  • January 2013- Analysis of the conversion was received from the City stating there is a potential gain of over 100 spaces
  • March 2013- Maps to distribute to property owners for feedback were received from the City.
  • June 2013- Property owner information was compiled by the MCCPD for Phase Two using GIS and notices were prepared and sent.

    University – Lincoln (east side)
    Total Existing Spaces = 20
    Total Proposed Spaces = 42
    Total Gain of Spaces = 22

    El Cajon – Howard (east side)
    Total Existing Spaces = 14
    Total Proposed Spaces = 31
    Total Gain of Spaces = 17

    Meade – El Cajon (east side)
    Total Existing Spaces = 15
    Total Proposed Spaces = 34
    Total Gain of Spaces = 19

    Madison – Monroe (east side)
    Total Existing Spaces = 12
    Total Proposed Spaces = 27
    Total Gain of Spaces = 15

    Total potential gain of 73 spaces

  • August 2013- Notices were mailed to property owners by the MCCPD. The City of San Diego was listed as the entity to contact for questions and objections. After a 30 day waiting period, 2 objections were received.
    • Project Notification Process: Petitions were mailed to the 92 property owners on both sides of the affected blocks of Oregon St. The property owner addresses on record with the San Diego County Assessor’s office were used. After a 30-day input period, the City of San Diego received two objection letters and 7 “undeliverable” returns ( referred to as “returns” below). So as to err on the side of caution, the City has counted the undeliverable returns as objections for the purposes of determining the required approval ratio.
    • Results:
      University to Lincoln – 2 objections and 2 returns/42 notices = 90%
      El Cajon to Howard – 1 return/4 = 75%
      El Cajon to Meade – 3 returns/27 = 88%
      Madison to Monroe – 1 return/19 = 94%

  • November 2013- Phase One blocks with standard angle to head in parking conversion (not requiring mailed notices) go before the North Park Planning Committee Public Facilities, Transportation, Parks, and Public Art Subcommittee and full committee. Both groups approve project.
  • January 2014- Work order issued for Phase One to convert standard angle to 90 degree head in parking.
  • March 2014- Phase One is installed. This included:

    Adams – Madison (east side)
    Total Gain of Spaces = 6

    Monroe – Meade (east side)
    Total Gain of Spaces = 5

    Howard – Lincoln (east side)
    Total Gain of Spaces = 21

    Total gain of 32 spaces

  • June 2014- Phase Two goes before the North Park Planning Committee Public Facilities, Transportation, Parks, and Public Art Subcommittee and the full committee.
    • Notices for the North Park Planning Committee Public Facilities, Transportation, Parks, and Public Art Subcommittee meeting were sent to the two objectors and posted on all four of the affected blocks. Both groups approve project.
    • Documents are being prepared to go before City Council.

Euclid Avenue Angle Parking

The MCPMD has worked with the Kensington/Talmadge Community Planning Committee to create angle parking along the east side of Euclid Avenue between Monroe Street and El Cajon Boulevard. As the project progressed the Talmadge Beautification Committee became interested in redesigning the very confusing and well used intersection at Euclid and Monroe. Several designs have been developed for consideration by City traffic officials. The purpose of this project is to increase available parking and to enhance both pedestrian and vehicular safety at the intersection.

  • October 2000- The MCCPD was approached by the Talmadge Beautification Committee regarding a traffic calming proposal for Euclid Avenue between El Cajon Boulevard and Monroe Avenue.
  • February 2001- Initial concept was developed by the MCCPD and submitted to the City of San Diego to restripe Euclid Avenue from parallel to head in parking. The project would have a gain of over 30 spaces with the installation of angled parking on both sides of Euclid Ave.
  • August 2002 - Euclid plans resubmitted to City Traffic Engineering for review.
  • August 2003- After several revisions and attempts to settle on a process to install angle parking, the MCCCPD mailed petitions to property owners. Although no standard exists, the City asked for 75% approval to proceed.
  • November 2005- The project was held back due to the inability to gain approval of property owners on the east side of Euclid Avenue. To this extent, we submitted a follow-up requests to the City’s Streets Division regarding the 75% standard created to be used for gaining approval. Ultimately, the pilot project for Kansas St., along with other efforts through the Parking Advisory Board, would lead to work towards an Angle PArking Ordinance.
  • December 2011 - The project is reestablished with support from KenTal residents.
  • October 2012- The Kensington-Talmadge Planning Group voted 12-0 to endorse the installation of diagonal striping for parking along both sides of the 4400 block of Euclid Avenue, between El Cajon Boulevard and Monroe Avenue.
  • November 2012- Petitions circulated obtained the required signatures and was approved by the City .Ken-Tal Planning Group voted in approval of this improvement ea. Attached is their "endorsement "letter of "reverse diagonal parking., also requesting that this improvement be installed as soon as possible.
  • September 2013- City Council approved the project
  • October 2013- The revere angle parking was installed on the east side of Euclid Avenue and included a marked bike lane.

    Total Existing Spaces = 35
    Total Proposed Spaces = 47
    Total Gain of Spaces = 12

Pedestrian Countdown Indicators

The MCCPD facilitated the installation of countdown indicators at 32 intersections on Adams Ave and El Cajon Blvd. Indicators for 26 intersections have were installed in 2010. The City managed the purchase and installation of the units with Mid-City Community Parking District funds. A remanding 6 countdown indicators require additional time due to complicated installations and CalTrans permit issues. Funding for the project comes entirely from the Mid-City Community Parking District meter allocation.

Bike Racks

The Mid-City Community Parking District has received requests from the community to install bike racks within the district. Locations have been selected with help from local stakeholders, including bicycle advocates. Promoting alternative forms of transportation, such as biking, will reduce parking demand.

Please contact us with location requests.


El Cajon Boulevard Bike Racks - 2900 Block

The MCCPD worked with the Media Arts Center, The Coffee and Tea Collective and The Homebrewer to install five bicycle racks in front of this great cluster of new businesses on El Cajon Boulevard.

Photo: Carlos Solorio

The MCCPD purchased the racks and City crews did the installation.

Photo: Media Arts Center


Mid City Bike Racks

The MCCPD advocated for the purchase and installation of 24 bike racks at locations in the public right away within the district.

Electronic Speed Indicators

The Mid-City Community Parking District successfully installed a speed indicator on Adams Ave at Hamilton St in 2008. The positive traffic calming results from that indicator has led the district into seeking additional locations.


(Click to download the results)

Parking Survey

Close to 100 business owners responded to the survey concerning transit and parking (download the results here). In general, businesses do not want to lose a lane for transit only vehicles, nor do they think a transit station in front of their business is a good idea.

On the subject of parking, there was general agreement that more is needed, and in convenient, well maintained locations.

Surprisingly there was some acceptance of the use of parking meters, provided that the revenue comes back to the area to solve parking problems, and provided that the rates are fair.

Upcoming activities will be noticed to all of those expressing interest via returned surveys.

Hawley Boulevard

Working with the Normal Heights Community Planning Committee, the MCPMD has undertaken an evaluation of the 4500 block of Hawley Boulevard with an eye toward increasing the availability of parking, improving pedestrian safety and adding landscaping as a byproduct. A new concept was developed which utilizes parallel parking in the medians. The plan has been conceptually approved by City traffic engineers, but needs City support to move forward.

Felton Ave Parking Lot

Working with the Adams Avenue Business Association, the MCPMD contributed partial financial assistance in constructing an off-street parking lot on Felton Street, immediately south of Adams Avenue. An amount of $2,500 was contributed to the project in the form of assistance to reconstruct a curb, gutter and sidewalk, along with a landscaping component. The property owner paid for demolition and for the site improvements that has resulted in additional parking spaces becoming available.

Abandoned Driveway Removal

The El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association worked with the Mid-City Parking Management District to find locations where driveways have been closed off to use. Letters were sent to owners of property adjacent to these driveways, reminding them that funds from the parking district can be used to remove the driveway, with no cost to them. While the City suggests that this work can be done without the adjacent owners' consent, the Boulevard BIA notified owners on three different occasions. No driveway will be replaced with curbing where an owner objects. Six driveways were successfully removed which increased on-street parking on El Cajon Boulevard.