City planners visited the Barrio Logan community planning group Wednesday as part of the latest attempt to separate homes from industrial businesses there. It didn’t go well.
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It just got a lot easier to raise taxes in California. Now, if a group of citizens gather signatures to put a tax increase on the ballot for a specific purpose – something like building a football stadium, a convention center, or a bunch of low-income housing – it will only require approval of a […]
California’s deadliest hepatitis A outbreak in 20 years has claimed the lives of 11 people in San Diego. The virus disproportionately affects homeless people, because it spreads person-to-person and people living on the streets without easy access to basic amenities like restrooms struggle to maintain typical hygiene standards. Despite that, a public restroom in the […]
In recent weeks, a few new arguments have popped up from opponents of AB 805, a state measure written by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher that would overhaul the scandal-plagued San Diego Association of Governments.
Gary Gallegos has announced plans to leave SANDAG by year’s end. Scandal has consumed the agency for nearly a year after Voice of San Diego revealed the agency failed to disclose a series of major problems facing the agency’s sales-tax funded transportation program.
John Collins, the former superintendent of the Poway Unified School District, is facing five felony charges for allegedly misappropriating public funds, according to a complaint filed last week by the San Diego County district attorney’s office.” Collins could serve over seven years in prison if convicted of all charges, a DA spokesman told Ashly McGlone. […]
That SANDAG told staffers to hide and delete records is perhaps the most shocking revelation to come from a bombshell report this week, but it isn’t the only major discovery in the document. The report also found that witnesses urged investigators to look into other major issues, that the agency’s chief and board chair misled board members and the public after the scandal broke and that the agency has been crippled by mismanagement.
An outside investigation commissioned by SANDAG details steps agency staff members took to keep information from the public as its forecasting scandal was beginning to unfold.
An internal document obtained by Voice of San Diego shows that SANDAG staffers offered SANDAG board members and the public explanations for its ongoing scandal that they knew were false or incomplete. It also shows the agency discussed how it had misled voters on a 2004 ballot measure but declined to tell the board or the public.
Current and former San Diego Association of Governments board members said staff should have specifically flagged for the board that the agency had drastically cut down the amount of money it expected to raise from a 2004 tax increase months before the board decided to put it a measure on the ballot that predicted a much higher total.