The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has been in turmoil for a while and the newest revelations through an independent investigation revealed deeply troubling results. More importantly the organization — responsible for regional transportation needs throughout San Diego County — needs to regain the trust of the voters if projects are to be constructed in our county.
It is my position that organizations by themselves — private or public — do not correct their course. That is done through by bold action of a Board of Directors or through external changes in governance or structure. What we see right now is that both are happening simultaneously. The Executive Director recently resigned after the SANDAG Board of Directors voted to hold a closed session meeting on the Executive Director’s performance. Separately, a state bill, AB 805, seeks to reform SANDAG from above.
If you would like a more in depth report, I’d encourage you to read Mayor Blakespear’s newsletter on SANDAG. It is a great summary and as always demonstrates her journalistic prowess.