In the week since we reported SANDAG executives knew its revenue forecast had a crucial flaw before it asked voters to approve a tax hike, the agency has tried on a handful of explanations. Those explanations don’t add up, as I detailed in a new story. The basic response from SANDAG executives is that they […]
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SANDAG is claiming it did not know a forecasting error staffers discovered in 2015 would ultimately lead to voters being offered a false promise in 2016. But the agency’s own staffers made clear to SANDAG executives the two went hand in hand.
We put in the California Public Records Act request that netted the explosive emails revealing SANDAG officials knew Measure A would not generate $18 billion, as they claimed, before Election Day. Only when we threatened to sue did the agency release the records — two months later. In the meantime, the public voted on a false number.
County Supervisor Ron Roberts, who chairs the SANDAG board and who was one of the public faces of the effort to sell Measure A, said the agency needs to rebuild public trust after Voice of San Diego revealed executives there knowingly misled voters about how much money the measure would have raised.
Emails obtained by VOSD reveal that top SANDAG officials were told the agency’s economic forecasts — and therefore its Measure A numbers — were way off almost a year before the 2016 election. Instead of acting, the agency continued to rely on numbers they’d been told were faulty, misleading voters in the process and keeping important information from potential watchdogs.
The new, seemingly bipartisan consensus is to largely admit defeat in neighborhood-level density fights and instead, just pass citywide policies that make it easier to build within the existing density.
Republican Scott Sherman and Democrat David Alvarez are pushing a series of proposals aimed at combating the city’s high housing costs.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer started 2017 by emphasizing that San Diego is going to start building way more homes to help make it more affordable to live here. It was a big part of his State of the City speech, and he reiterated it again this weekend at a gala for the building industry. His first […]
Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s actions have netted little in the way of prospects for new housing, let alone provided for the kind of supply increases that might affect affordability. His density bonus program, though, is hailed as a model for other cities.
We’ve annotated the mayor’s state of the city speech to include all the detail, context and complexity that he couldn’t – or wouldn’t – include on his own. Plus, passing a hotel tax increase might be the easiest part about expanding the convention center.