The balance of power at the San Diego Association of Governments just shifted.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed AB 805, a bill by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher that overhauls the regional planning agency SANDAG, following a year in which the agency has been besieged by scandal.
The changes at SANDAG will empower large cities like San Diego and Chula Vista, at the expense of small and rural cities like Del Mar and Santee.
In practice, that’s expected to shift SANDAG and its $1.3 billion annual budget to the left, making it more likely the board inks labor-friendly contracts and emphasizes transit projects over freeways.
Gonzalez Fletcher introduced the bill this spring, after Voice of San Diego revealed the agency is now billions short of what it needs to fulfill the promises made to voters as part of TransNet, a sales tax hike passed in 2004, and that SANDAG had knowingly overstated how much TransNet would bring in and understated project costs over a series of years.
SANDAG later commissioned an outside investigation from an Orange County law firm, which confirmed that agency staffers and executives knew its revenue estimates were overstated but presented inflated numbers to voters anyway. It also found that the agency hid and deleted public documents to cover up the scandal once Voice of San Diego began writing about it.
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Say good-bye to compromise politics in San Diego County; say hello to the new San Frandiego County. And MTS can do anything it wants along its right-of-way without regard to local zoning codes; now it can even create its own tax for whatever it wants. "...of the people, by the people, and for the people..." is going away. It's now: "Nevermind, Government knows what's best for you! Chill out, people!"
Get ready for more congestion 95+ percent of San Diego road travelers who use roads. Your leaders have not heard your 30 year cry that you can't afford to waste time riding on limited access mass transit. New SANDAG voting rules are more likely to approve more than the current $40 billion for mass transit predicted not to reduce congestion.
Hopefully Federal fund sources won't support SAN Diego's negative plan to obstruct auto use to "induce" near trivial, but costly mass transit use, and;
look ahead instead to a SANDAG alternative, " public ridideshare",(Lyft,Uber,etc) which meets the public's demand for modern on-call personal same vehicle travel directly to actual destinations.
The Public will agree, and want touse such.
Maybe now City of San Diego will not support freeway expansion to far away suburbs like I-15 all the way to 76 and 78.
Take care of freeway expansions in the core of downtown San Diego. Like expanding the I-5 thru National City from 4 to 5 lanes. It goes from 6 lanes to one mile of four lanes to 5 lanes. Why not do that work for one mile instead of building 20 mile freeway expansions to far away suburbs that encourages urban sprawl.
@mike johnson Mike, Major Interstates like I-5 and I-15 are also channels between major active Metro LA and SD. Most of this is by autos an trucks. Andre round trips. They are not suburbanizimg what open land is sill there.Travel time and flexibility to destination same vehicle are impormt.
Coaster/Metrolink is a drop in this bucket. That, and if there is bus service encounter the usual need for another mod to get where you realy want to g.
Bill Bradshaw's HS Train as propose is really another slightly faster commuter route. If it were non-stop LAX to nid SD it could releive air traffic and help catch flights out of LAX,