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 stretch from Los Angeles to San Diego is one of America’s busiest travel corridors. Yet the plans for California’s high-speed rail prioritizes the route from Los Angeles to San Francisco instead. There are steps Southern California officials could take in the meantime, however, that would drastically improve rail services and encourage more people to ride.
Ridership for MTS Access, which provides service for seniors and the disabled, has risen sharply over the last three years. The rising use and cost of the service reveal some of the larger challenges facing San Diego as it figures out how its growing senior population will get around.
Millennials want to live in urban, mixed-use environments that are built around biking, walking, transit, shared rides and plenty of social encounters. And our regional plans just don’t do enough for this rising generation.
Protea Properties is optimistic it’s reached a deal with SANDAG to build roughly 40 condos, retail space and commuter parking for a new trolley station on three and a half acres at Clairemont Drive, on the new $2.1 billion Mid-Coast Trolley line set to open in 2021. The agency had held the threat of eminent domain over the developer’s head for months.
Aside from big questions surrounding whether SANDAG’s proposed sales tax increase will generate the amount the agency says it will, opponents point to other promises they think could go unfulfilled — like whether SANDAG will complete the highest-priority projects within 15 years, whether it will use local labor and whether the measure will do anything to improve water quality.
My fellow Ph.D. students and I want to stay in San Diego and have no interest in the Bay Area’s soul-sucking commutes, bank-draining rents and Mission-style burritos. Yet most of us will move there anyway.
The San Diego Association of Governments hasn’t been shy about touting the benefits county residents will feel if they pass its proposed ballot measure in November. One of the proposal’s major selling points is that the projects the measure would fund will relieve traffic congestion. We found SANDAG thinks of traffic relief differently than a typical commuter might.
Issues raised by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association chief highlight a basic question facing SANDAG as it pursues a tax hike on the November ballot: Where does education end, and campaigning begin?
The county Republican Party is opposing SANDAG’s ballot measure, which would raise taxes to pay for transportation projects, on anti-tax grounds. But Democratic SANDAG board members are more surprised by opposition coming from their usual allies: environmental and labor groups. The tensions boiled over in a series of emails obtained by VOSD.