Peppered with questions on the drought, infrastructure woes, economic growth and housing affordability, the mayors of Chula Vista, Encinitas, Poway and San Diego instead made the case for their cities’ greatness.

By developing the land around its transit stations, the North County Transit District can earn some money off the land it owns, and help the region build housing in the mixed-use, transit-oriented projects it has said are needed to accommodate population growth.

Transit advocates hoped a new policy SANDAG has been working on since 2013 would compel cities to plan for more homes and jobs around public transit stops. It’s yet another example of the difference between laying out aspirations for smart growth and ensuring those goals come to fruition.

SANDAG’s board of directors voted 20-1 last week to appeal its long-term transportation plan to the state Supreme Court. Chuck Lowery, deputy mayor of Oceanside, was the one. He explains what he’d like to see from a long-term transportation plan and how the board dynamics contributed to the lopsided vote.

The planning process is already cumbersome, but community health advocates are pushing for additional reviews that look at health in broader terms. That’s come in handy with the planning of a new skate park in City Heights.