SANDAG Plan Roils Two San Diego County Supervisors
Excerpts from KPBS article
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said it is in SANDAG’s authority to change the focus of the transportation plan. The request from Desmond and Gaspar comes at the same time that the county is working to develop a legally defensible climate action plan.
The county’s previous efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have been soundly defeated in the courts.
“The basis of that litigation is that we are not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I would be shocked if the board of supervisors, while publically committing itself to lower greenhouse gas emissions as a result of the lawsuit, would vote for an item that so clearly increases greenhouse gas emissions,” Fletcher said.
Fletcher, the panel’s only Democrat, said the region needs to focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“It doesn’t make sense to go back decades to find failed policies that we know are not going to achieve the outcomes that we need,” Fletcher said.
The supervisors hope to redirect voter-approved transit funding to pay for the technology, mass transit and ridesharing that would change the way people travel.