For 40+ years I’ve fought against big government and their agencies. But in all my experience, no agency came close to the systemic dishonesty and actual evil that has pervaded SANDAG for decades.
It’s not just SANDAG’s current Grand Ayatollah who is the problem. For decades SANDAG has been staffed by highly paid (and pensioned) central planners who consider oppressive, unresponsive government to be a GOOD thing. These bureaucrats despise choice and liberty — they love oppression and submission — and, of course, ever higher taxes.
The SANDAG Board of Directors is made up primarily of local elected politicians. Most of these SANDAG directors are Big Government acolytes — with a solid Democrat majority. There’s a vigorous (primarily more rural/small town) group of opposition directors who understand that the primary transportation problem in San Diego County is congested, ill-maintained roads and highways. But these stout souls are largely powerless in influencing SANDAG’s anti-car, anti-people, anti-taxpayer agenda.
The San Diego U-T recently ran an article about many people in Santee protesting the SANDAG’s transit-centered plans for Santee.
Here’s the questions that the media and politicians SHOULD be asking SANDAG. Our media should ass for information about the current Santee light rail spur that connects the city with the larger San Diego “trolley” rail system.
Such questions should demand verifiable references — because SANDAG lies. There’s no kind way to describe their pathological tendency to make false assertions — combined with their ongoing effort to not reveal salient facts that undermine their central planning agenda.
IF the press were to investigate these questions, they’d discover that commuter rail in San Diego County has been a stunning waste of money, while doing little or nothing to improve the environment.
Indeed, by congesting the roads to discourage driving (Route 52 into Santee, for example), arguably SANDAG’s “Rail Not Roads” policy has INCREASED San Diego County pollution.
Such an investigation would also reveal that SANDAG has CONSISTENTLY lied to get their projects approved. Decade after decade.
But then, for our woke MSM, publishing such facts would go against the progressive narrative. So don’t expect the press to pursue such lines of inquiry. Indeed, the unofficial progressive motto regarding their policies is “Don’t Look Back.”
SANDAG should formally adopt this motto. Full disclosure, and all that.