Beset by allegations of poor management and even deceit, can the region’s premier long-range transportation planners succeed in galvanizing the public’s trust so it will give billions more in taxpayer dollars for new mass-transit and highway projects?
As voters from Los Angeles to Santa Clara to Seattle passed tax increases in November to pay for new transportation projects, San Diegans rejected such a ballot proposal. The region now faces difficult questions about how to pay for everything from highways to trolley tracks to bike lanes.
Complicating the issue, revelations have emerged that top officials at the San Diego Association of Governments overstated by billions how much the levy would have pulled in.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, is pushing a bill that would fundamentally restructure the planning agency’s balance of power and appoint an outside auditor.
It’s far from clear whether this or any other efforts can rebuild trust in the embattled public agency, which is commonly known as SANDAG.
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune