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 on the ballot and nearly a year before voters approved the measure.
Instead, the agency went to voters with a measure pledging $14.2 billion in new revenue to build a host of regional projects, even though a forecast the board adopted said the measure would bring in just $12.9 billion.
That $1.3 billion gap is no small thing – it’s roughly the same amount SANDAG will spend on the Mid-Coast Trolley line, one of the hallmark projects of the ballot measure.
Barry Jantz was a La Mesa councilman who had just been appointed to SANDAG’s board in late 2003 when it approved a long-term plan for the region, including an economic forecast that would have projected $12.9 billion in revenue from a 40-year, half-cent sales tax.
He was still on the board a few months later when it first voted on the outline of a spending plan for TransNet, the sales tax that would go to voters that November. That plan called for $14.2 billion in local revenue.
Jantz said he had no idea the board had formally adopted a forecast predicting the tax measure to raise $12.9 billion prior to telling voters on the ballot that it would raise $14.2 billion.
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So how are the gorillas about to be released by AB-895, MTS ans NCTD going to interact with central planning and management? In SDForward they use ~50% of capital funds for mass transit, with trivial in[act on improving transportation, reducing travel times, congestion etc.
-Small cities aids, or even more power for large?
-Run by reformers, or politicians with technology fast approaching on-demand personal travel Public proves it wants?
- How does this pass edict from Review Commission about year 2000 that Planning will be integrated in SANDAG?
So Mary Salas also "looked the other way" to avoid finding out unpleasant financial numbers? That's a big favor just to get an express bus that tears through Eastlake on its way from the border to downtown San Diego.
Kristine Allessio said, "Gary is not the problem, lack of leadership is." Wrong. Gary is the problem, along with the chairman and vice-chairman of the board. No amount of deflection will change that reality. It's time for big change at SANDAG, but I still think it won't happen. The power is too entrenched with favoritism playing its part too.
It's hard to imagine a leader in any other organization keeping their job when several billion suddenly go missing from the budget.
Mr. Jantz is right. Ms. Allessio is wrong. SANDAG is not a functional deliberative body because of its size and the lack of investment of the board members in individual decisions. They all seem to feel, like Mr. Roberts, that they have deniability. That means that the participating governments depend enormously on the staff to be straightforward and accurate. Ultimately, it is true that the political leaders on the board are ultimately responsible for screw-ups, but it is the staff, led by Mr. Gallegos, that screwed up, repeatedly.
December 16, 2016 San Diego Board of Directors Meeting. Item 12 FY-2017 Program Budget Amendment: Elvira to Morena Double Track. $62 million TransNet Cost Increase.
1 Hour, 8 to 11 Minutes. SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos and County Supervisor Ron Roberts.
SANDAG specifically held back Cost Increases for Years on the Mid-Coast Corridor, and Elvira to Morena Double Track because SANDAG wanted Chance to Compete for Federal and State grants, which they received.
The board didn't know of the shortfall until the public was told. Right, and Donald Trump didn't know about his son's meeting with the Russian "lawyer" until a couple of weeks ago.
@Bill Bradshaw The first example is criminal the other is hyperbole, an attempt at combining the two is a great example of what's wrong with the proposal to fix SANDAG. This "look over there" form of governance is tired.
Yet another on point article regarding this cluster eff. Please consider more coverage regarding Union activist Lorena Gonzales' bill banning local non-union construction workers as the way to solve the problem. The proposed bill to fix SANDAG requires you to have a union card if you want to participate in local construction work funded by local tax dollars, how is this a fix? Lorena's logic is to discriminate against 85% of the LOCAL construction workforce because elected hacks can't balance a checkbook. The same Lorena that feels illegal immigrants should get public services feels that the tax payers funding those public services should be forced to join a union in order to work on the very jobs we fund. We already have an existing example in San Diego Unified School District where a union labor monopoly was the answer to the lack of accountability and gross mismanagement of public dollars, look where that got us.
Treating the symptom instead of the problem seems to be the new standard operating procedure in San Diego, until we identify and address our current system of having the tail wag the dog nothing will change. Do we really want to back efforts that deny local workers the right to work on local tax payer funded construction projects in some special interest coup claiming to keep elected officials from ripping off tax payers? Tell Union Labor puppet Lorena that we'll welcome true reform and efforts to hold officials accountable but she needs to leave her union only special deals in the backrooms of Sacramento.