SANDAG staffers tried to be more forthcoming about a fatally flawed forecast they had used to project tax revenues, but in the end the agency settled on a message that misled residents and included a major error.
The chair of the agency, who authored the misleading explanation, now says he would not have written it like he did, based on what he now knows.
In January, SANDAG board chair Ron Roberts reassured voters in an op-ed that the agency could still finish the transportation projects promised in a 2004 tax increase
We obtained public records that now show that, a week earlier, SANDAG’s executive director Gary Gallegos had sent an earlier draft of the op-ed to Roberts for review.
That draft dealt more directly with the agency’s flawed forecast than the one Roberts eventually published.
Roberts’ submission also included a factually incorrect claim – that the agency did not know whether the error had any impact on revenue expectations for the agency’s existing sales tax, TransNet, which was approved by voters in 2004. That claim was not included in the initial draft sent to Roberts for approval.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
OK Guys, How would you get organized to meet all the region's needs , including transportation of which the estimate is ~$203 billion until 2050"? And get agreement with 18 cities and the County, while growing~30%, under more strict environmental standards?
SANDAG us a monopoly with very weak checks and balances. There is no authoritative way to initiate review of questionable critical actions. Especially in the systems technical areas supporting implementation choices.
Currently there is a major disconnect between Staff analyses showing road vehicles responsible for the overwhelming majority of energy/emissions reduction, and absorbing 90% of travel growth, and Directors allocation of 50% of capital to new and augmented mass transit.
I can give Ron Roberts, and the elected officials who serve on the SANDAG board on a part time basis, a pass for not knowing the background on the forecasts. They are counting on Staff to do the heavy lifting and give them good information. When they don't...
Is it past time to call into question the lack of honesty and ability for the ED?
Is the SANDAG job so good that staff will do anything to keep their jobs? Is the pay that much higher, the retirement that much greater, and the work load so light, that they will tolerate their bosses not doing the right thing? I understand staff not interacting directly with the board, but when their boss also does not share the correct information with the board it is time to make a change.
Maybe an honor code needs to be installed in this (and other) government agencies?
Something along the lines of “We will not lie, steal, or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.”
When staff knows that someone is not doing their job, it should be their responsibility to step up and out them. They are well paid, have great benefits and gold plated retirements. We should get more accurate information in exchange for that.
END SANDAG .. unelected, out of control bureaucracy. We need our highways and roads expanded and repaired, not more buses or a $2.1B 11 mile trolley that pretty much follows the Coaster. Not an I-5 expansion that won't be done for 25+ years .. SANDAG workers can work their entire career to retirement on a single project like SR76 that still isn't complete. And SR78? LOL ... promised expansion for decades ... still nothing
The unwillingness to be accountable for leadership failure is endemic among politicians, but outright lying to cover up failure should not be tolerated.