SANDAG, the umbrella coalition of local government agencies, didn’t just mislead voters last fall about projected revenue from a transportation measure. As our new reporting discovers, SANDAG had practice in deception: Back in 2004, it asked the electorate to boost sales taxes to pay for a measure that was supposed to bring in $14.2 billion in revenue. Actually, public records reveal, the agency had forecasted revenue of $12.9 billion, and its board approved the projection. No one bothered to tell voters.
Here’s a previous readers guide to the scandal we’ve unraveled. Andrew Keatts previously reported that SANDAG is now actually expected to bring in $5 billion less than the $14 billion that voters were misled into thinking was projected. That was a result of an error in the calculation that SANDAG officials covered up and didn’t acknowledge until after our reporting.
“Overpromising how much money the tax would bring in allowed the agency to promise more construction projects and regional infrastructure funding, and therefore generate more support for it,” our Andrew Keatts reports.
Fletcher’s Running, Again
Former legislator Nathan Fletcher has had quite a decade.
Ten years ago, he got out of the Marines.
In 2008, he ran for state Assembly and won, serving as an moderate Republican. He got high-profile legislation passed and was considered a rising star in a party without many of them in the state. When he leveraged his vote on the budget for an expansion of redevelopment in San Diego, he was both lauded and pilloried by San Diego leaders.