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TransNet Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee

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TransNet Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee

The TransNet ITOC aids in the implementation of the TransNet program, the San Diego region’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.

The TransNet program is administered by SANDAG. As outlined in the TransNet Ordinance and Expenditure Plan, the ITOC provides an increased level of accountability for expenditures of TransNet funds.

With the passage of the TransNet Extension Ordinance and Expenditure Plan in November, 2004 (Proposition A), it was mandated in the Ordinance that an Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee for TransNet be formed to provide an enhanced level of accountability for the expenditure of funds under the Expenditure Plan. The Committee helps ensure that all voter mandates are carried out as required and develops recommendations for improvements to the financial integrity and performance of the program.

ITOC released its Annual Report, which highlights the Committee's milestones and accomplishments during FY 2020.

View FY 19 Annual Report | View FY 2018 Report | View FY 17 Report | View FY 16 Report

ITOC released the fourth Triennial Performance Audit on the TransNet program in June 2018. The third audit was released in May 2015, the second audit was released in May 2012, and the first audit was released in May 2009. These required audits from the TransNet Extension Ordinance generally give the program high marks, while making a series of recommendations to improve various processes. ITOC is currently working with SANDAG staff to develop an implementation plan for the recommendations for the most recent audit.

The roles and responsibilities of ITOC, the selection process for ITOC members, and related administrative procedures are to be carried out in substantially the same manner as further described in the document titled, “Statement of Understanding Regarding the Implementation of the Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee for the TransNet Program,” which is incorporated in the TransNet Extension Ordinance and Expenditure Plan. That document, as well as ITOC bylaws and other guidelines adopted by ITOC are included below as downloads.

Part of ITOCs success relies on continued feedback from the public. Building and maintaining open dialogue is a critical element of the future of San Diego’s transportation system — one that offers viable choices and alternatives to travelers. To share your thoughts and ideas with ITOC, please complete our comment form.

As specified in the TransNet Ordinance, ITOC members have been selected to serve in each of the seven specified areas of professional expertise. The Selection Committee, consisting of a panel of city mayors and county supervisors, has selected the following ITOC members:

  • Michael Kenney, ITOC Chair (Term expires May 2022): Michael is serving in the ITOC position for a licensed architect or civil/traffic engineer with experience in transportation and/or urban design. Michael is a Civil and Traffic Engineer with over 28 years’ experience. He has worked for both private and public entities and has served as City Traffic Engineer for several Cities. Michael lives in the Rolando neighborhood of San Diego.
  • Sunnie House, ITOC Vice Chair (Term expires May 2021): Sunnie is serving in the ITOC position for a chief executive officer or person in a similar senior-level decision-making position, of a major private sector employer with demonstrated experience in leading a large organization. As an executive in operations and business development for large global infrastructure consulting firms for over 23 years, she led diverse teams of professionals in areas of transportation planning, engineering, and program and construction management. Sunnie owns a consulting firm providing management and leadership optimization solutions to public and private organizations to support their growth and success. Sunnie lives and works in Rancho Bernardo area of San Diego.
  • Brad Barnum (Term expires May 2021): Brad is serving in the ITOC position for a professional with experience in the management of large-scale construction projects. He has more than 13 years of experience in various aspects of the construction industry, including bidding practices, specifications content, project delivery methods, payment schedules, inspector methods, change order procedures, contracts, safety, and labor compliance. Brad has served as Vice President of Government Relations of the Associated General Contractors in San Diego for the past 12 years. He is a Torrey Hills resident working in Sorrento Valley.
  • Dustin Fuller (Term expires May 2023): Dustin is serving in the ITOC position for a professional in biology or environmental science with demonstrated experience in environmental regulations and major project mitigation requirements and/or habitat acquisition and management. He is a Senior Environmental Planner with the 22nd District Agricultural Association. Dustin has more than 15 years of experience in the environmental planning field, including coordination with resource agencies, preparation of environmental documents, and permit processing. He currently serves as a member of the Association of Environmental Professionals. Dustin is a Clairemont resident working in Del Mar.
  • Stewart Halpern (Term expires May 2023): Stewart is serving in the ITOC position for a professional in the field of municipal/public finance and/or budgeting with a minimum of ten years in a relevant and senior decision-making position in the public or private sector. He has over 30 years of experience in various aspects of financial decision-making, managing external auditors, budgeting, and financial analysis. Stewart has served as a senior financial executive for major Wall Street firms with a focus on tax-exempt entity financing. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of San Diego Coastkeeper and as a member of the SANDAG Audit Committee. Stewart lives and works in the La Jolla area of San Diego.
  • Les Hopper (Term expires May 2024): Les is serving in the ITOC position for a licensed engineer with appropriate credentials in the field of transportation project design or construction and a minimum of ten years of experience in a relevant and senior decision-making position in the government or private sector. Les is a Principal at Rick Engineering Company and leads the Transportation Infrastructure Practice. He has 40 years of hands-on experience in the management, planning, permitting, and design of both public and private projects from inception through construction. He has a Master’s of Business Administration from Chapman University and currently holds board positions on the local WTS and ACEC chapters. He is a past president of the San Diego Transportation Development Agency and of the Society of American Value Engineers. Les enjoys living in North County and works in Mission Valley.
  • Jeff Schneider, JD, MA, M.Ed., PCC (Term expires May 2024): Jeff is serving in the ITOC position for a professional experienced in real estate and land economics. With graduate degrees from Stanford, Harvard, and Fielding, Jeff has been a real estate lawyer, real estate executive, real estate professor, real estate broker, real estate lender, and real estate investor and operator. He re-tooled and now helps individuals and organizations with their growth and development goals and commits much of his time to public service. Jeff lives and works in the downtown area of San Diego.

ITOC bylaws authorize the current ITOC Chair to serve as the primary spokesperson for ITOC.

If you would like to be notified of future vacancies on ITOC, or if you have comments, questions, or suggestions for the Committee, please contact

Project Manager(s)

José Nuncio, TransNet Program Director
Phone: (619) 699-1908, Email:

Meeting Schedule

The ITOC will meet on an as needed basis.

Copies of TransNet Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee meeting agendas, action notes, and presentations are available via the links below. The agendas and action notes are provided in PDF format. Visit our Help section if you have problems viewing any of these PDF files.

Date Meeting Title            Meeting Materials [a-z] [z-a]
12/9/2020Teleconference Session            N/A
11/4/2020Teleconference Session             Agenda, Supporting Materials
10/14/2020Teleconference Session             Agenda, Supporting Materials
9/9/2020Teleconference Session             Minutes, 2018 RTIP TransNet Amendment 14, 2020 TransNet Program of Projects: FY 2021 to FY 2025, Agenda, Supporting Materials
8/17/2020Selection Committee             Agenda
7/8/2020Regular Session             Minutes, Agenda, Supporting Material
6/17/2020Regular Session             Agenda, Meeting Minutes
5/13/2020Regular Session             Minutes, Agenda, Draft Supporting Materials
4/24/2020Selection Committee             Agenda
4/15/2020Special Session             Minutes, Agenda, Supporting Materials
4/8/2020Meeting Cancelled             Cancellation Notice
3/18/2020Cancelled             Cancellation Notice
3/11/2020Cancelled             Cancellation Notice
2/12/2020Regular Session             Agenda, Supporting Material, Audio
1/8/2020Regular Session             Minutes, Agenda, Supporting Material, Audio

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