SANDAG must transform itself into a new kind of organization, ready to deal with 21st century problems, and make restoring the public trust its No. 1 priority.
On this week’s podcast, hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts discuss the local issues surrounding the legality of the marijuana business. Also: A lawyer from the firm that conducted the big SANDAG investigation joins the show to discuss the most interesting findings.
In recent weeks, a few new arguments have popped up from opponents of AB 805, a state measure written by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher that would overhaul the scandal-plagued San Diego Association of Governments.
Gary Gallegos has announced plans to leave SANDAG by year’s end. Scandal has consumed the agency for nearly a year after Voice of San Diego revealed the agency failed to disclose a series of major problems facing the agency’s sales-tax funded transportation program.
On this week’s podcast, hosts Andrew Keatts and Scott Lewis read excerpts from the independent investigation of SANDAG and break down its most shocking findings.
An outside investigation commissioned by SANDAG details steps agency staff members took to keep information from the public as its forecasting scandal was beginning to unfold.
Full reform at SANDAG includes AB 805 in concert with new staff leadership. One will not be successful without the other.
Current and former San Diego Association of Governments board members said staff should have specifically flagged for the board that the agency had drastically cut down the amount of money it expected to raise from a 2004 tax increase months before the board decided to put it a measure on the ballot that predicted a much higher total.
California’s energy landscape could undergo a major transformation, Rep. Darrell Issa is walking a shaky line, the Salk Institute disputes gender discrimination claims and more.
The San Diego Association of Governments has twice misled voters about how much money the agency could raise through tax increases, which raises a simple question: Is it legal? Pretty much.