The board and staff of the San Diego Association of Governments are heading out to a retreat for the next few days at Barona Resort. (You can check in on them, if you want.)
It’s not on the agenda, but there may be some talk about our revelation this week that the agency’s leaders knew a tax increase from 2004 was bringing in far less money than they anticipated and promises about a new tax increase they were pitching to voters were based on the same faulty reasoning. The initiative would have brought in billions less than they were claiming jeopardizing many of the promises to build roads, transit and protect open space.
Tuesday, we checked in with Supervisor Ron Roberts, who is the chairman of SANDAG. In a recent op-ed, Roberts claimed SANDAG staff merely suspected the estimates were aggressive. He and staff have said it was only our reporting in October that spurred them to dig into the issue. Now, we know staff explicitly warned higher ups many months before of the consequences they faced.
“I wish as chair or even just as a board member, I had at least been made aware of this,” said County Supervisor Ron Roberts. “I know there are board members who think I’m responsible for this, and that’s fine with me. But I never would have stood out there if I knew it was only going to raise $14 billion, and told people it would raise $18 billion.”
• The U-T followed up our story, which includes sharp rebukes from leaders on both sides of the political spectrum.
Homeless Advocates Rap Mayor’s Plan
As the increased visibility of the city’s homeless problem continues to vex locals and intimidate tourists, Mayor Kevin Faulconer has made several promises. In a recent speech, he promised to add hundreds of shelter beds, build at least one central intake center, do more to reunify homeless folks with their families and push for a hotel-tax hike to raise funds.
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I made the mistake of checking the agenda for the upcoming SANDAG board meeting and found a real gem. Seems the Orientation for new members is being handled by Kim Kawanda, Chief Deputy Executive Director. Let that title sink in, then try to visualize the SANDAG org chart. As they say, "wtf".
Who are the quoted Homelessness experts- they prefer to remain nameless, why?
If "experts" remain nameless its really only gossip. And with our issues in San Diego we need fearless advocacy or perhaps new "experts".
The San Diego Union (or whatever they call it now) has definitely outlived its usefulness. Can someone explain to me why a story about a Charger employee running for city council belongs in a prominent position on the first sports page and is continued onto another page? Just another example of the U-T pandering to the NFL. Every time the U-T falls on its face again, I appreciate the fact that I cancelled my subscription years ago and only spend about 5 minutes a day looking at it online. Journalism it isn't.