SANDAG Reform Bill Heads To Governor’s Desk
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Credit: Associated Press
SANDAG Reform Bill Heads To Governor's Desk
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, 80th District
A measure that would reform how San Diego's regional planning agency is governed and give tax powers to the North County Transit District and Metropolitan Transit System passed the State Assembly Monday, sending the measure to Gov. Jerry Brown.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, D-San Diego, authored AB 805, which would overhaul the San Diego Association of Governments. SANDAG currently passes measures after a tally vote, where each municipality in the county gets one vote, and a weighted vote, with more heavily populated jurisdictions getting a greater vote. The bill would allow projects to pass with just a weighted vote, as long as at least four jurisdictions vote in favor, giving more power to larger cities such as San Diego and Chula Vista.
The bill would also create an independent auditor to oversee the agency's performance. Voice of San Diego has reported SANDAG overestimated how much money the failed Measure A tax increase would bring in. SANDAG staffers didn't tell board members or the public despite knowing about the discrepancy before the 2016 election. Former executive director Gary Gallegos retired last month amid the scandal.
Gonzalez Fletcher joined KPBS Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss the prospect of AB 805 becoming law.
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