Just 12 years into the most recent 40-year SANDAG sales tax increase (whose "oversight" is dubious), SANDAG wants still more money from us. It's not sure what it needs the money for, but who doesn't want more money? SANDAG has all kinds of nifty ideas like a sky gondola from downtown to Balboa Park.
Moderates like former Supervisor Pam Slater-Price oppose SANDAG's tax hike because the unaccountable, unelected board uses its huge war chest to bribe or bully cities into putting what SANDAG wants ahead of the needs of local residents. Such as increasing high-density development to meet SANDAG's phony growth projections. Or deciding where Cardiff should put its Rail Trail.
The SANDAG play is to put a 40-year, 1/2 cent sales tax hike, which overlaps and doubles the last SANDAG 40-year tax, on the ballot and persuade citizens that it's critical for infrastructure. They want to avoid local elected officials having to go on record supporting or opposing the tax increase, because the more public discussion that happens, the more uncomfortable questions people might raise, like what happened to the last $14 billion we voted them?
Rostra's conservative Brian Brady interviewed Mayor Kristen Gaspar, and Gaspar is firmly opposed to SANDAG's $30 frozen yogurt. Let's hope she puts it on the council agenda so we can see which council members stand with locals, and which stand with SANDAG.