In 2004, 67% of San Diego County voters approved Proposition A, a 40-year sales tax extension to fund a specific list of road and highway improvements. The extension began in 2009 in the ten years since, only 6% of the funds collected have gone to those road improvements while 66% has gone to mass transit. Now, SANDAG wants to eliminate the promised projects and invest all the funds in San Diego mass transit.
SANDAG’s latest transportation plan for the future is focusing on taking money allocated for roads and putting it toward public transportation instead. Earlier this month Supervisors Jim Desmond and Kristin Gaspar said shifting funds to transit goes against the will of the voters. “Back in 2004 the voters knew what they were voting on. They were asked specifically do you want to relieve traffic congestion, and if so here are 15 highway improvement projects,” says Gaspar.
Two years after state lawmakers boosted the gas tax with a promise to improve California streets, some cities have raised the ire of drivers by spending millions of the new dollars on “road diet” projects that reduce the number and size of lanes for motor vehicles. Projects have touched off a debate as taxpayer advocates and motorists complain that the higher gas taxes they are paying for smoother trips will actually fund projects that increase traffic congestion.
San Diego County Supervisors Kristin Gaspar and Jim Desmond, along with other elected officials, held a news conference in Solana Beach Monday opposing SANDAG’s new multibillion-dollar mass transit plan.
In 2004, voters approved a TransNet half-cent sales tax that would go to highway improvements for 40 years. Now, SANDAG is proposing an idea to divert money from the sales tax to fund new high-speed rail projects.
San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, serving her first term on the Board of Supervisors, will seek re-election to a second terKristin and her husband Paul have three children and live in Encinitas. Having grown up in North County, she is intimately familiar with our region’s strengths and the challenging issues we face.
“Prevention through education and action gets the best results,” said county Supervisor Kristin Gaspar. “All of us have an opportunity to save a life today.”
Turning in unwanted, expired and unused pills is safer than throwing them away or flushing them down a toilet, according to the DEA, because residents can ensure that the pills will be properly disposed of and won’t have any adverse effect on the environment or public health.
The San Diego Association of Governments has roiled two San Diego County Supervisors because the regional agency is changing the focus of the agency’s transportation funding.
Supervisor’s Jim Desmond and Kristin Gaspar say SANDAG should keep its promise to upgrade the region’s freeways. The pair is asking the board to approve writing a letter to the regional agency charged with shaping transit.