Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Bill To Reform SANDAG Wins State Senate Approval

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Bill Would Make the Troubled Agency More Accountable, Transparent

SACRAMENTO – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) today won state Senate approval of her legislation to reform SANDAG, the agency responsible for roads and transit in San Diego County. Assembly Bill 805, which would make the troubled agency more transparent and create a more equitable voting structure, will return to the state Assembly for a final vote in the coming week.

AB 805 was presented to the full Senate Friday by Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) on a 25-13 vote.

“Reform is long overdue,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said. “As we’ve seen time and again, SANDAG can’t be trusted to represent the people of the San Diego region under the status quo. Today we’re one step closer to the achieving the principle of one-person-one-vote as well as the environmental quality, workplace and taxpayer safeguards that our communities deserve.”

The bill would, among other things, modify the voting structures of SANDAG, the Metropolitan Transit System and the North County Transit District to better reflect the populations they serve; create an Audit Committee that includes members of the public that oversees an independent auditor; require that SANDAG provide annual reports to the state about the region’s transit issues; permit MTS and NCTD to approach voters to raise revenue for better transit; require skilled and trained workers are employed on local transportation projects; and insist that regional transportation plans address greenhouse gas reduction rules and the needs of disadvantaged communities.

For more information on this issue or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, contact Alex Roth at 619-228-3253.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher represents California’s 80th Assembly District, located in southern San Diego County, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace, and Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus.

CONTACT: Alex Roth, Cell: (619) 228-3253