San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)

ASSEMBLY PASSES AB 805, CONTROVERSIAL MEASURE TO REFORM SANDAG

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 4, 2017 (San Diego) – By a 49-25 vote, Assembly Bill 805 by Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher (D-San Diego) was approved by the state Assembly. 

The measure has been touted as a bill to “reform” the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) by making transportation planning and funding more accountable and transparent.  But critics contend it shifts power away from East County cities to San Diego and Chula Vista, which together would control agenda-setting and have a majority vote.

GROUP THAT SUCCESSFULLY SUED SANDAG OVER 2011 TRANSPORTATION PLAN SAYS 2015 PLAN HAS SAME FLAWS

 

Source: Cleveland National Forest Foundation

October 8, 2015 (San Diego)--The Cleveland National Forest Foundation (CNFF) today announced that its attorneys submitted a critical letter to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) on its behalf over SANDAG’s proposed 2015 update to its Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. The letter, which is posted to the CNFF website, makes a strong argument that SANDAG’s 2015 plan is not meaningfully closer to meeting state-mandated greenhouse gas reduction goals than the deeply flawed 2011 plan.

COURT BLOCKS SDSU EXPANSION PLANS, INCLUDING ADDITION OF STUDENT AND FACULTY HOUSING

 

East County News Service

Photo: SDSU news center

August 4, 2015 (San Diego)--An expansion approved by San Diego State University has been flunked by the state’s Supreme Court. That’s because CSU trustees failed to fund mitigation of traffic impacts on neighborhoods near campus or Interstate 8.

READER'S EDITORIAL: NEW REPORT SHOWS SAN DIEGO URGENTLY NEEDS MAJOR INVESTMENT IN PUBLIC TRANSIT

 

By Cleveland National Forest Foundation

April 23, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--As San Diego’s population grows, a new report finds that the region’s shifting demographics are driving an urgent need for major public transit investments and a halt to highway expansions. A move toward investments in transit would protect air quality, prevent suburban sprawl and support demographic and land use trends toward pedestrian-friendly communities.

2015 HOUSING MARKET FORECAST LOOKS BRIGHT, LOCAL REAL ESTATE EXPERTS SAY

 

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From left to right: Clint Daniels, Carey Guthrie (PSAR president-elect), Bob Olivieri (PSAR 2014 president), Alan Nevin.

Realtors hear 2015 housing forecasts at El Cajon meeting

December 25, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a trade group for San Diego-area realtors, recently hosted a program on forecasts for the 2015 local housing market. Speakers at the program, held at the PSAR East County Service Center in El Cajon, included real estate economist Alan Nevin, director of economic and market research at Xpera Group, and Clint Daniels, manager of regional models, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

SANDAG VOTES TO APPEAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN DECISION TO STATE SUPREME COURT

 

East County News Service

December 7, 2014 (San Diego)—By a 20 to 1 vote, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has voted to appeal a ruling on its 2050 Regional Transportation Plan to the California Supreme Court.  Oceanside Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery cast the lone vote against filing the appeal.

APPELLATE COURT CONFIRMS SANDAG'S TRANSPORTATION PLAN FAILS TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 24, 2014 (San Diego)—California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal has confirmed that the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) broke state law with a long-range transportation plan for our region that failed to take steps to reduce greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change.

SAN DIEGO NEEDS TO PUT TRANSIT AND ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION FIRST

 

Originally Published in the ECOreport

By Roy L Hales

September 13, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - A statewide survey, done by the Public Policy Institute, found that 77% of Californians think public transit should be the focus of transportation spending. Only 18% said more money should be spent on highways and freeways.(1) This sentiment is strong in San Diego, where more than a decade ago 85% of the respondents said the transit system was the #1 priority.(2) When the question came up again, in 2010, 55% of those polled wanted the transit system expanded, as opposed to 32% who want more roads.(3) Now, as the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) draws up its’ transportation plan, community groups want them to put plans for a freeway expansion on hold. According to Monique Lopez, from the Environmental Health Coalition, San Diego needs to put transit and active transportation first.

PROTEST OVER TRANSPORTATION PLAN SET FOR SEPT. 12 AT SANDAG OFFICE

 

September 11, 2014 (San Diego) – Cleveland National Forest Foundation is urging the public to join in a protest Friday over the transportation plan put forward by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). The protest rally will be held in front ot the Wells Fargo building in downtown San Diego, 5th and B Street on Friday, September 12 from 11:30 a.,m. to 12:30 p.m. A press release issued by CNFF.org and TransitSanDiego.org states:

RE-ARREST RATES UP SLIGHTLY UNDER REALIGNMENT

 

Source: County News Service

May 27, 2014 (San Diego)--The shift of felons from state parole supervision to County Probation supervision did not result in a spike in crime, as measured by arrests, said Probation Chief Mack Jenkins, citing a San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) study released late last week.

MOUNTAIN HEALTH PROVIDES TRANSPORTATION FOR SENIORS AND DISABLED RESIDENTS IN RURAL EAST COUNTY THROUGH VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

                          

 

March 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --Raul was blind for four years due to diabetes.  He lives alone and couldn’t leave his house, walk to the store or do daily tasks.  Last winter he was very cold because he couldn’t see well enough to make a warm fire. 

With the help of Mountain Health’s Senior Transportation Program, Raul has been able to get to and from his doctor’s appointments including surgery for his eyes, and pick up his eye drops and diabetes medications.  Today, Raul can see 70% better in his right eye after having multiple surgeries.  He recently underwent surgery on his left eye that resulted in seeing shadows and light. 

Raul said, “Your program is God sent.  Without it, none of this would have happened.  It’s just a miracle!”  He has a better outlook on life and states with a huge smile on his face, “My future is looking brighter now that I can see my grandkids.”