On March 10, 2006, the SANDAG Board of Directors and elected officials from San Diego County’s tribal nations met at the Pala Casino Conference Center for the 2006 San Diego Regional Tribal Summit. The Summit drew 120 participants, including elected officials from 12 tribal governments in the region, the SANDAG Board of Directors, members of SANDAG’s Policy Advisory Committees, various public agencies that work with tribal governments and interested organizations and stakeholders.
Chairman Robert Smith of the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association and Chairman Mickey Cafagna of SANDAG presided over the event. Roundtable sessions focused on public safety, environment, energy, and transportation financing identified important issues for follow up and future collaboration. Participants also discussed transportation planning policy issues, including the comprehensive 2007 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) update.
A full report of the Summit, including the results of an interactive polling exercise used to determine mutual concerns, will be distributed to participants for review and comment. Staff will come back to the SANDAG Borders Committee in April/May to seek direction on potential next steps for various issues raised. The transportation-related information will form part of the transportation issues paper for the comprehensive 2007 RTP update, which also will be circulated to all tribal nations in the region for their review and feedback.
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