SANDAG needs reform. Why AB 805 is just the ticket

As excerpted from San Diego Union Tribune 

Can you imagine a government where the representatives of 15 percent of the population get to veto anything that happens in an entire region? That’s the reality facing San Diego when it comes to our transportation needs — all of which are controlled by the San Diego Association of Governments, more commonly known as SANDAG.

If that acronym sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen recent headlines. Maybe you read how SANDAG wrote a transportation plan that is being challenged in the California Supreme Court, after two lower courts found that the agency failed to address California’s greenhouse gas and pollution targets. Or maybe you read how agency executives purposely overestimated by billions of dollars how much money would be raised by Measure A last November. Or maybe you saw SANDAG acknowledging it will need $17.5 billion additional state and federal dollars to keep promises they made to voters in 2004.

What you probably haven’t read is who should be held responsible for these obvious shortcomings. That’s because SANDAG — which was originally created in state law — is a staff-controlled organization with rotating leadership of mayors and city council members from some of our county’s smallest cities.