San Diego County Board of Supervisors
SUPERVISOR GASPAR RESPONDS TO SANDAG DIRECTOR’S UNINFORMED COMMENT ABOUT COUNTY LEADERS’ ACTIONS
Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, along with several elected officials in San Diego County, held a press conference Wednesday about the controversial proposed siphoning of the TransNet tax for a mass transit system that San Diegans did not vote for. SANDAG’s Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata, responded with a statement that clearly proved he is not familiar with our County. Mr. Ikhrata said, "SANDAG staff and leadership are committed to addressing this important safety issue for our region. The question that SANDAG has for those who held the press conference today is: The fires occurred in 2003 and 2007 – what have you done in the last 16 years to fix the problem? Our Regional Plan will include real solutions that will improve safety and reduce congestion on SR 67."
In an effort to set the record straight, Supervisor Gaspar said, “It is alarming to me that the person tasked with such significant planning in our region with 3.3 million people is so out of touch with reality. Since the 2003 wildfires, the County of San Diego has invested over half a billion dollars to improve and enhance fire protection including: historic agreements with Cal Fire, the US Forest Service, the Marines and Navy, additional air and land assets and significant upgrades to our communications systems. The County’s wildland fire response capacity is unrivaled with more locally stationed resources than any other region in the entire nation. Instead of fulfilling the commitments made for SR 67, Mr. Ikhrata took a shot at leaders throughout the region including our fire chief, the Deputy Sheriffs ‘Association, and several residents who made it clear that they have had enough broken promises and negligence that could cost lives”