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.
Barbara Bry, who’s running for City Council, recently wrote that Save San Diego Neighborhoods, a group trying to enforce tighter controls on vacation rentals, found more than 6,000 homes had been converted to mini-hotels citywide. Bry, who’s endorsed by the group, said those rentals were “directly contributing to the housing shortage” by removing them from the long-term renter or buyer market.
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.
The San Diego Police Department can’t hire and train new recruits as fast as veteran officers are leaving the force. Chief Shelley Zimmerman says that’s partly because of the “national dialogue” around police officers that the media has fostered. Is there any evidence to back up her claim?
Todd Gloria and other officials have explained their support for SANDAG’s transportation plan by touting the fact that “75 percent of transportation funding in the next five years will go to transit, up from 50 percent in the last five years.”
In making the case for proposed water rate increases, the city has downplayed how much of the money will pay for administration and overhead.
San Diego Unified trustee Richard Barrera said some integration efforts have backfired, making schools even more segregated.
Tomas Herrera-Mishler, who took over as CEO of the Balboa Park Conservancy in June, said a lack of parking spaces hurts the bottom lines of the park’s major institutions.
“Criminal prosecution is a tiny part of the responsibilities of that office,” political consultant Tom Shepard, who is consulting for San Diego city attorney candidate Gil Cabrera, told the San Diego Union-Tribune about the city attorney’s office.
El Cajon is in the midst of a heated debate about its future. One local leader recently claimed residents there “remain the poorest in the county.”