The San Diego Association of Governments, the coalition of local governments known as SANDAG, has been coping with quite a spot of bother lately. First came the scandal revealed by a VOSD investigation over financial projections. Then came Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, who’s pushing a bill to dramatically boost the power of big cities like San Diego and Chula Vista.
What’s SANDAG to do? Fight back at the ballot box, maybe. As our Andrew Keatts reports, SANDAG is considering whether to ask county voters to weigh in next year. That could spell trouble for the Gonzalez Fletcher plan if enough voters feel like their communities are being shut out.
Or perhaps not. Things are quite early, and there haven’t been any public hearing about what kind of ballot measure would appear. “It’s hard to tell if SANDAG’s hypothetical measure would ask voters to approve or disapprove of [Gonzalez’s bill] — which by that point would either already have been killed or signed by the governor — or would represent a competing reform proposal,” Keatts reports.
Gonzalez Fletcher is having none of it. “Except for creating a new argument for themselves against AB 805, it’s unclear what they’re intending to do, or if they know what they’re intending to do,” she said.
All Irradiated and Nowhere to Go
The L.A Times has an in-depth look at the radioactive nuclear waste at the defunct San Onofre nuclear power plant that, like nuke leftovers elsewhere in the country, has no permanent home.
“The nation’s inability to find a permanent home for the dangerous byproduct of its 50-year-adventure in nuclear energy represents one of the biggest and longest running policy failures in federal government history,” the Times reports. “Now, the Trump administration and Congress are proposing a fast track fix. The new plan aims, after decades of delays, to move the waste to one or more temporary central storage sites that would hold it until a geologic repository can be built in Nevada or somewhere else.”