SANDAG Reform Bill Voted out of the Assembly

 

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Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez

 

Jun 4, 2017 (SACRAMENTO) The State Assembly passed AB-805, authored by Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher (D-AD80). This bill will modify how the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) functions. It will force the mayor of the City of San Diego to take a more active role.

This bill would require the mayor and the president of the city council of the City of San Diego to serve on the board. The bill would require the chair of the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors to serve on the board as one of the 2 members from the county board of supervisors. The bill would also revise the selection of alternate members of the board.

The bill will also do two more things. It will force the agency to file an annual audit to the legislature. The second is that it will force the agency to push for more public transportation, as the agency will have to meet green gas emissions.

e agency to push for more public transportation, as the agency will have to meet green gas emissions.

The bill partially reads:

This bill would require the regional comprehensive plan to address greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets set by the State Air Resources Board and would require the plan to include strategies that provide for mode shift to public transportation.

It will mandate a shift from single vehicles on roads to towards public transportation which will be required in order to meet the green house gas emissions set by AB 32 and other state and local laws and ordinances, such as the city of San Diego’s climate action plan.

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