Seven board members say they weren’t told SANDAG’s Measure A sales tax estimates were wrong – an error that led to voters being sold a false promise – and are calling for an independent review.
The saga involving the San Diego Association of Governments can get convoluted pretty quickly. First, there’s the fact that SANDAG is not too familiar to many people. Then there’s the fact that the scandal centers on some complex stuff, namely economic forecasts and what goes into them. The fundamental issue at hand, though, is not complex: A powerful government agency knowingly misled the public. And that’s worth understanding.
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.
It’s deadline day for new bills, the Legislature starts to reflect changing attitudes on gender, water problems stretch north and south and more in our weekly roundup of news from Sacramento.
The watchdog groups that keep tabs on taxpayer-funded bonds in California “by and large … have proven ineffective,” according to a new report. Many of the issues identified in the report have reared their heads in San Diego.
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.
Andrew Keatts gets super fired up in this week’s podcast as he and cohost Scott Lewis distill the big SANDAG news. Plus: A nonprofit exec says San Diego leaders aren’t doing enough for refugees, and Lewis is in awe of the budding pot industry.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher gets some surprise pushback to a seemingly uncontroversial bill, the toll of public pensions, California considers a homelessness state of emergency and more in our weekly digest of news from Sacramento.
The economy is doing well and tax revenues are rising – so why are three of San Diego’s largest government agencies facing massive hits to their bottom lines?
President Donald Trump hasn’t yet made good on his promise to slash corporate taxes – but his plan is already causing real problems for low-income housing projects across the state, including at least one in San Diego.