With many of the bombshell revelations Andrew Keatts has reported about SANDAG, the agency in its official responses suggested it was just as surprised as the public to learn about some of the details.
When we reported that SANDAG misled voters on the 2004 TransNet measure by saying it would bring in more than $14 billion when the agency really expected only $12.9 billion, a SANDAG official confirmed the story was true but suggested it was a misunderstanding its officials were learning about for the first time. Now we know that’s not true.
Now, Keatts has obtained an internal presentation that shows SANDAG staffers explicitly knew at least nine months ago it had misled voters on the 2004 ballot, but never mentioned it to the SANDAG board of directors despite having talked about the very subject several times over the last year.
The presentation also makes clear that the agency knew one of its primary responses to its forecasting scandal — that the recession is the real reason its numbers have been so off — isn’t true, either. The agency had already revised down the amount of money it expected to raise from TransNet, without telling voters, years before the recession hit.
OB Takes Aim at Target
Here in my South Park neighborhood, Target Express has been quietly and unremarkably providing an easy place to buy shampoo and paper towels for almost two years now. It’s a far different scene than what protesters who opposed the store predicted. The traffic, chaos and havoc they all predicted never materialized.
Now the same fight is brewing in Ocean Beach, which is even more opposed to any corporate presence in the neighborhood.