By Murtaza Baxamusa / UrbDeZine
The current leadership at San Diego’s regional transportation agency hates tax, except that they love to spend it.
This double-standard has become increasingly apparent in the recent months, as they are back-filling the shortfall in the local sales tax revenues and increase in project costs with $5 billion from a statewide gas tax that many on the agency’s board vehemently oppose.
With the failure of the local sales tax measure last year, and the gridlock in Washington D.C., the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG – in charge of planning and building transit in the county) is now far more dependent on the passage of transportation taxes by the California legislature.
Yet, SANDAG is institutionally resistant to achieving state transportation goals particularly with regard to climate change. [Read more…]