05/06/19

SUPERVISORS GASPAR AND DESMOND SAID SANDAG FAILED TO DELIVER ON CRITICAL VOTER-APPROVED ROAD AND HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS

SUPERVISOR KRISTIN GASPAR

San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Contacts: Itica Milanes 619-307-1793 itica.milanes@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

PRESS RELEASE

5-6-19

SUPERVISORS GASPAR AND DESMOND SAID SANDAG FAILED TO DELIVER ON CRITICAL VOTER-APPROVED ROAD AND HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS

“San Diegans” have lost faith in SANDAG,” Supervisor Gaspar said. “They can’t be trusted to follow through with their promises to voters.” In 2004, SANDAG persuaded voters to approve a half cent sales tax in exchange for critical highway improvement and expansion projects, including the 67.

Now, SANDAG’s new Executive Director wants to change the

including adding express lanes to state routes 78 and 52 and widening state routes 67 and 56.

San Diegans wasted 56 hours stuck in traffic congestion in 2018.

This is a money grab to shift dollars away from North County and to downtown San Diego.

When voters were asked to support this tax, they were promised expansions of 78, XXX, XXX, XXX, in North County, a region that has experienced exceptional growth in the number of people who live there and the number of high tech, life sciences, and other businesses that drive our innovation economy.

Unfortunately, the investments in our infrastructure have not kept up with that growth and today, commuters are suffering hours of unnecessary time in their cars, burning more carbon while they crawl to and from work, to school to pick up their kids, etc.

Part of our strategy of getting cars off the road should be the idea that greater capacity means cars on the road for shorter periods of time, lessening the carbon footprint.

Was reading this and thought of one line…”keeping your word shouldn’t need to be legally binding,” in response to the idea that Transnet allowed for an amendment. The voters were told

the monies would fund specific projects and now the proponents of the tax increase arbitrarily decide to break the promise to fund more downtown projects at the expense of North County.

SANDAG’s new bold proposal breaks a promise that we made to voters.

You, San Diegans will be paying this tax for the next 29 years and you’re not getting anything for it!

We still have congested roads and hwys

Roads that were promised for the backcountry in 2004 still haven’t been completed. During an emergency, not having these viable roads will make it very difficult for first responders to get in and for evacuees to get out.

Need roads and highways to transport our goods for commerce.

SANDAG’s new proposals aren’t bold—they’re pie in the sky. Having a transit center near the airport is unrealistic for those in North County, parents like me who have to carpool kids to and from their after-school activities.

Shifting funds to new projects without voter approval is wrong! And it’s not fair.