An internal document obtained by Voice of San Diego shows that SANDAG staffers offered SANDAG board members and the public explanations for its ongoing scandal that they knew were false or incomplete.
It also shows the agency discussed in November 2016 how it had misled voters on a ballot measure in 2004 – at least nine months before the deception was revealed by Voice of San Diego – but declined to tell the board or the public.
In an investigative series, Voice of San Diego has revealed that SANDAG misled the public on two separate ballot measures. One was passed 13 years ago, after the agency told voters the tax would bring in far more than the agency actually expected.
After our stories, SANDAG staff has faced questions from its board of directors and the public.
To answer them, staff members dug into the situation. In November 2016, they produced an internal presentation that explicitly spelled out how the agency had drastically scaled back the amount it expected to raise from TransNet, a 2004 ballot measure. In recent months, SANDAG staff have made a series of pronouncements about what happened that now look questionable.
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VOSD's comments cause me to chuckle:
" It also shows that agency staffers were aware of the 2004 deception last year, in the weeks just after the scandal broke. But as the agency worked to explain away new revelations, it never disclosed the 2004 issue to the board or public despite repeated opportunities to do so."
The San Diego City council was aware that city staffers took part in a deception: the purging of data used in SDSU's biased-policing report but concealed it while city officials "worked" to explain away all related revelations. In that they received an unhealthy assist from the press, including VOSD, who knew of the purging long before the report was completed.
In a private company when the staff fails to report known facts to superiors, they are fired. In a private company when the board fails to report known facts to the public., they are prosecuted. Big difference with government. No legal need to be honest and no repercussions for cheating.
@Elmer Walker The members of the San Diego City Council knew that the SDPD was purging its data and so produced a "watered-down" report. VOSD knew too, but re-directed the attention of the public to another source of the water.
Here they "discovered" 13 year old facts.
@Chris Brewster the good 'ol boy system