Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas backed SANDAG’s Measure A, successfully lobbied for a tax increase in Chula Vista to fund infrastructure upgrades and boosts housing developments in the South Bay and beyond. But both she and Chula Vista still struggle to get a seat at the table when it comes to SANDAG and the projects it oversees.

The measure that sought to approve the 1,700-home Lilac Hills Ranch master-planned development near Valley Center failed Tuesday. One expert says the developers will now have to figure out how to change the project in such a way that they can still meet their financial goals while doing something politically feasible.