Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher has unveiled the details of her plan to reform SANDAG.
But her bill, AB 805, wouldn’t just make changes at the regional planning agency that’s embroiled in a scandal. Voice of San Diego revealed the agency asked the public for a tax increase and wildly overestimated how much money it would bring in – even though the agency knew about the numbers long before it disclosed them to the public.
Gonzalez Fletcher’s bill would also make San Diego’s mayor far more powerful, as I wrote in a new story Friday.
The bill would make the mayors of the county’s two largest cities – San Diego and Chula Vista – the chair and vice-chair of SANDAG. They would alternate the roles. It would also make San Diego’s mayor the chair of the Metropolitan Transit System, the region’s largest transit operator.
That’s in addition to bringing in a new independent auditor for the agency, allowing MTS to levy its own taxes and changing the voting structure at the agency to give more sway to the county’s largest cities, instead of giving each city on the board a vote of the same weight.
“What’s been happening hasn’t produced a result that anyone who cares about transportation funding can be happy with,” Gonzalez Fletcher said.
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Comments from the Johb Horst VOSD Commentary about urban planning may be useful.
"If our leaders want San Diegans to back density, they must also ensure that transit and other infrastructure improvements precede or are built concurrently with increases in density"
With Mr. Martin, and the author, I also agree FUNCTIONLY With this approach.
But we must settle some issues first:
1),Transportation the public wants, and will use.
Primary function; personal on call random location pick up same vehicle to the actual destination.
30 years and $$$$$billions spent has not absorbed overall meaningful mass transit travel. overall travel.
2), Abandon the flawed belief from the 1970s that mass transit is the only way to clean up automobiles, and dominant Public Transportation. SANDAG dat for many years shows improving autos are the principal reason for the Regions cleaner air.
Uber and competitors must be considered for a major sorce or urban transportation. Total costs are similar to new highly subsidized mass transit. On call "doorstep" pickup eliminate need for planned $40 billion mass transit.
3), The community system review, needs objective independent facts based analyses, including developers, and other users of infrastructure.
New options for transportation demand anew roles and mission analyses considering strength and weaknesses. with each role emphasis on mode strength Example: Mass transit and Uber might swap off peak service where large heavy vehicles are wasteful.
Thus systems-community evaluation should be happen in Washington, DOT etc.
However local is possible because facilities evaluated meet feasible standards.