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SANDAG Regional Plan Update Includes Pledge To Black Contractors

A conceptual rendering shows a re-imagined San Ysidro Transit Center as part ...

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Above: A conceptual rendering shows a re-imagined San Ysidro Transit Center as part of SANDAG's vision for the 2021 regional transportation plan.

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) today took a significant step in its ongoing effort to approve a multi-billion dollar package to beef up transit.

After a contested SANDAG meeting, the board voted to approve a guiding document saying among other things they will work with unions and the National Black Contractors Association leading up to the multi-billion dollar regional plan.

Listen to this story by Matt Hoffman.

"Important that we have that voice at the table," said SANDAG board member and National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis.

Yet, some of Sotelo-Solis' colleagues said the resolution that ultimately came to a vote was not inclusive enough. One was La Mesa Councilmember Jack Shu.

"You may have apprenticeship programs, other open shop programs that need to be included and that’s why I wanted inclusive language rather than specifying one specific organization," Shu said.

Representatives from the National Black Contractors Association said the guiding document is a good first step. But they said it remains to be seen if SANDAG is truly committed to equity. Final approval for a multi-billion dollar transit overhaul is expected in the coming months.


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