Do you have thoughts or ideas about how to keep the San Diego region moving forward? Do you want to see more investment in new and improved transit services, strengthening the highway network, or enhancing local transportation by investing in roadway, bikeway, pedestrian, and transit upgrades? Or do you want to increase investments to reduce the risk of wildfires? Or maybe focus on cleaning up and restoring water quality in lakes, rivers, and beaches?
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) wants to hear your answers to these kinds of questions as the agency considers whether to place a measure on the November 2016 ballot that could raise billions of dollars to fund improvements throughout the region. We are supporting their outreach and want to encourage you to participate. You can help SANDAG by sharing your priorities and suggesting new ideas for regional transportation and infrastructure and other important regional needs at sandag.org/priorities.
SANDAG recently approved San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan after three years of extensive public engagement, including input from our community. This plan will build on and add more choices to our region’s transportation system. Now, SANDAG is considering a ballot measure that would help implement the Plan, and possibly other important improvements across the region. The measure would ask voters in San Diego County to increase our local sales tax by up to one-half cent.
SANDAG has been doing these types of projects and programs for decades. Since 1988, SANDAG has administered TransNet, the voter-approved half-cent sales tax for transportation. These funds have supported completion of more than 650 highway, transit, bike and pedestrian, habitat conservation, local street repair, and grant projects and programs that have kept San Diego moving forward. TransNet also provides direct funding for local communities, including ours, to help pay for important projects and programs, including fixing potholes and building roads and bikeways.
We encourage you to share your thoughts with SANDAG and help determine the region’s priorities in important areas, which include habitat conservation, transportation, and water quality improvements.
There are three ways you can participate:
1. Join a Regional Telephone Town Hall
SANDAG is hosting large-scale regional conference calls to continue the conversation about important projects and programs that could be completed in our area. Everyone is welcome to join these calls, weigh in with their priorities, and be part of the dialog. The information for our regional telephone town hall is included below:
• North County Inland and East County
Tuesday, January 26 from 6 to 7 p.m.
A Spanish language town hall will be offered:
• Monday, February 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. / Lunes, 01 de febrero de 6 a 7 p.m.
At the time of the call, dial 1 (877) 229-8493 and enter access code 112664.
2. Select Your Priorities Online
You can share your priorities with SANDAG by taking a quick online survey about the types of projects and programs that are most important to you. Visit sandag.org/priorities.
3. Attend a Public Meeting
Attend a public meeting to provide your input in person.
• Friday, February 5 at 9 a.m. – SANDAG Transportation Committee meeting
• Friday, February 5 at 12 p.m. – SANDAG Regional Planning Committee meeting
• Friday, February 12 at 10 a.m. – SANDAG Board of Directors meeting
• Thursday, March 10 at 10 a.m. – SANDAG Board of Directors Retreat
• Friday, March 25 at 9 a.m. – SANDAG Board of Directors meeting
All meetings take place in the 7th floor SANDAG Board Room at 401 B Street in San Diego, except the SANDAG Board Retreat, which will be held at Barona, 1932 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside 92040.
Please take a few minutes to participate by visiting sandag.org/priorities! This is our opportunity to weigh in with our local priorities and ideas.