Gaspar Leads Charge Against "Track and Tax" Driving Scheme

Gaspar Leads Charge Against "Track and Tax" Driving Scheme

Valley Road Runner: North County mayors, supervisors vs. SANDAG’s new proposed tax on driving

With I-15 traffic moving at a crawl in the background, North County leaders Wednesday morning gathered in the patio outside of the Ventana restaurant atop Escondido’s Lexus dealership to condemn a proposal that surfaced last Friday at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG): to adopt a new form of taxation  that would charge drivers for using busy streets and freeways during peak hours of usage.

The elected officials jointly asked for local residents to join them in fighting this proposal.

Times Advocate:Gaspar convinces board to funnel $6 million for homeless, low-income housing

The Board of Supervisors supported 3rd District Supervisor Kristin Gaspar’s “Tip the Scale” proposal that directs the County’s Chief Administrative Officer “to make three strategic investments to address critical areas of vulnerability and immediately increase emergency housing solutions for three extremely vulnerable populations.” This includes considerable funding for Escondido.

Read the original 2004 Prop. A language on the TransNet tax

Read the original 2004 Prop. A language on the TransNet tax

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.

KUSI: Gaspar Rallies Opposition to SANDAG Tax Grab

KUSI: Gaspar Rallies Opposition to SANDAG Tax Grab

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.

Politicians Raiding Gas Tax Funds for Bikes Lanes and Fewer Lanes

Politicians Raiding Gas Tax Funds for Bikes Lanes and Fewer Lanes

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.

Video: County Supervisors speak out against new SANDAG mass transit plan

Video: County Supervisors speak out against new SANDAG mass transit plan

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.

Gaspar Leads Drug Take Back Day

Gaspar Leads Drug Take Back Day

“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.

Gaspar Opposes SANDAG Transit Money Grab

Gaspar Opposes SANDAG Transit Money Grab

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.