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Board Actions - May 2019

SANDAG Executive Director’s Report

May was a big month for SANDAG, our partner agencies, and for the region.

On May 9, we opened three projects in Encinitas – the 1.3 mile Encinitas segment of the Coastal Rail Trail, the San Ellijo Double Track project, and the Chesterfield Drive Rail Crossing Improvements project – all great examples of what happens when agencies, organizations, and stakeholders come together to plan and execute visionary projects. The projects are part of the larger North Coast Corridor program, which exemplifies SANDAG’s complete corridors concept to increase safety, capacity, and efficiency and provide transportation choices.

On May 16 we held the 29th Annual SANDAG Bike to Work Day. Thank you to the thousands who turned out to bike to work, rain or shine. A special thanks to our 100 pit stop hosts for their commitment to our riders and to biking in the region.

Also in May, Chief Deputy Executive Director Kim Kawada and I traveled to Sacramento with Vice Chair and Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear, La Mesa Councilmember Kristine Alessio, and Coronado Councilmember Bill Sandke to meet with some of our key legislators and administration officials to provide information on AB 1730, our Regional Transportation Plan extension bill.

While in Sacramento, we had a great meeting with the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development about funding opportunities that could help each of our member agencies meet housing needs identified in our ongoing RHNA cycle. We also met with staff from the Air Resources Board to dig deep into what the state requirements are for our next Regional Plan, and how we can work together to submit a plan that meets the law of the land and serves the region’s needs. We also talked to some of our state legislators about how best to bring more dollars to the region for our projects.

Overall, this was a valuable trip.

Following the April presentation to the Board about the 5 Big Moves, the framework that will help shape the 2021 Regional Plan, staff started scheduling meetings for any member agency or stakeholder groups interested in learning more. In May, we made 16 presentations as part of our Regional Plan Roadshow and scheduled 50+ more.

Thank you for having us and for the thoughtful discussions. We will continue to reach out and present the ideas for the regional vision throughout the summer. Please let me know if you haven’t heard from us yet, and I’ll get you on our schedule.

May also saw the start of our recruitment for our Vision Advisory Panel. Once chosen, the panel will provide expert advice to SANDAG staff and the Board as you prepare the 2021 Regional Plan. Submissions are being accepted through June 14 and the panel’s first meeting will be July 10.

The Airport Connectivity Subcommittee was also busy. At its May 22 meeting, staff presented four transportation concepts to the Subcommittee for discussion that could improve transit, roadway, and freeway connectivity to and from the airport. The subcommittee also discussed the criteria that will be used to evaluate the concepts, which will be analyzed by staff through June. Staff’s recommendation to the subcommittee is expected in early summer.

Finally, at our May 24 Board meeting, we recognized one of our regional champions, Consul General Marcela Celorio from the Mexican Consulate General’s office here in San Diego. She will be leaving us for a new post in the Los Angeles consulate office. This is a prestigious honor. Since 2016, we’ve been very lucky to benefit from her leadership, passion, and steady presence in this region. She’s had a tremendous impact on our binational relationships. We are cheering her on in this latest chapter of her career and will miss her.

Hasan Ikhrata, SANDAG Executive Director
(619) 699-1990,

May 10 Board Meeting

San Diego Forward: The 2021 Regional Plan Update
Staff reminded the Board about the SANDAG Vision Lab, a place for stakeholders and the public to learn about and share ideas in the development of the region’s vision for a transformative transportation system.

Throughout May and continuing through June, SANDAG staff have been available in the Vision Lab for drop-in discussions with the community:

Tuesdays: 3-4 p.m.
Thursdays: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fridays: 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Public hours in the Vision Lab will continue throughout development of the 2021 Regional Plan. The Vision Lab is in SANDAG offices at 401 B Street, San Diego, 92101. Please check in at the 7th floor lobby. The office is accessible by numerous forms of transit, and two-hour on-site parking validation also is available if needed.

For more information, visit

Key Staff Contact: Coleen Clementson, (619) 699-1944,

Interstate 5 Auxiliary Lane Improvement Project
The I-5/Genesee Avenue Auxiliary Lane Project will construct a new southbound auxiliary lane between Genesee Avenue and La Jolla Village Drive. SANDAG has negotiated a Guaranteed Maximum Price of $4.941 million with Mid-Coast Transit Constructors (MCTC) to construct the project in tandem with the Mid-Coast Trolley project. Construction is expected to begin this summer and wrap up in summer 2021.

Key Staff Contacts:
John Haggerty, (619) 699-6937,
Greg Gastelum, (619) 699-7378,
Allan Kosup, Caltrans, (619) 688-3611,

Regional Housing Needs Assessment Update
Staff presented an update on development of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) Plan for the San Diego region. After conducting several meetings, the RHNA Subcommittee, with input from the Regional Planning Technical Working Group (TWG) and stakeholders, is recommending a RHNA methodology framework that incorporates “proximity to transit” and “jobs/housing relationship” in allocating a RHNA share to each local jurisdiction. The objective is to provide more housing while also increasing transit use, reducing vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gases, and relieving traffic congestion. The RHNA Plan is scheduled to be adopted by the Board of Directors in October 2019. Local governments will have until April 2021 to update their housing elements to accommodate the housing unit allocations in the RHNA Plan.

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Key Staff Contact: Seth Litchney, (619) 699-1943,

May 24 Board Meeting

FY 2020 Weighted Vote Distribution
Directors received information on the SANDAG weighted vote distribution for FY 2020, which has been recomputed based on updated population figures certified by the California Department of Finance. There were no changes from the prior fiscal year. The weighted vote is proportional to each jurisdiction’s population as a percentage of the San Diego County region and is limited to a total of 100 votes. Each agency must have at least 1 vote and there are no fractional votes. 

The FY 2020 adjusted weighted vote will be as follows: San Diego (42), County of San Diego (15), Chula Vista (8), Oceanside (5), Escondido (4), Carlsbad (3), El Cajon (3), Vista (3), San Marcos (3), Encinitas (2), National City (2), La Mesa (2), Santee (2), Poway (1), Imperial Beach (1), Lemon Grove (1), Coronado (1), Solana Beach (1), Del Mar (1).

Key Staff Contact: André Douzdjian, (619) 699-6931,

Quarterly Progress Report on Major Transportation Projects Through March 2019
Directors received an update on major SANDAG and Caltrans projects and programs in the San Diego region. The 55 projects summarized represent an investment of approximately $4.4 billion in the San Diego regional transportation system. Eight projects are in the environmental phase, 28 projects are in the design phase, and 14 projects are in construction. Three projects opened to users. Two projects, Landis Bikeway and State Route 905/125/11 Southbound Connectors, have completed the design phase and are being combined with larger projects for construction. The SANDAG Regional vanpool Program ended the quarter with 691 vanpools and Guaranteed Ride Home program membership rose to 2,355 participants.

Key Staff Contact: Michelle Smith, (619) 595-5608,

2019 Capital Grant Receipts Revenue Bonds: Review of Draft Documents
Staff presented an overview of the proposed bond financing, draft documents, and schedule for the issuance of up to $332 million in fixed rate, tax-exempt Capital Grant Receipts Revenue Bonds funds to continue work on the Mid-Coast Trolley project. The final bond documents will be brought back to the SANDAG Board in June 2019 and the transaction is expected to close in August 2019.

Key Staff Contact: André Douzdjian, (619) 699-6931,

Regional Electric Vehicle Charging Program Partnership Opportunity
Directors adopted Resolution No. 2019-17, which states that SANDAG will work collaboratively to establish the framework and agreement for a joint electric vehicle charging incentive program with the California Energy Commission (CEC), County Air Pollution Control District, and Center for Sustainable Energy. This summer, the CEC is expected to announce regional projects the agency intends to fund. If selected to receive some of this funding, SANDAG will work in partnership with these agencies to develop a San Diego regional CALeVIP project, hold a joint public workshop in August or September, and prepare scopes of work and agreements amongst the parties for future Board consideration. If not selected, SANDAG and APCD will proceed with developing a more limited regional program. San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan, approved by the Board in October 2015, commits SANDAG to establishing an incentive project for public EV chargers beginning in 2020. The program would provide rebates to offset the purchase and installation costs for public and workplace Level 2 EV chargers. A budget of approximately $1 million per year on average is planned from SANDAG from 2020-2050.

Key Staff Contact: Susan Freedman, (619) 699-7387,

2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard Conformity Demonstration
Directors adopted the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard Conformity Demonstration for San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan and the 2018 Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) and found that the 2015 Regional Plan and 2018 RTIP, as amended, are in conformity with the requirements of the federal Clean Air Act and applicable State Implementation Plan for air quality. The Board’s adoption reflects an administrative action needed to assure that SANDAG complies with federal requirements and continues to keep transportation funds flowing into the region. The adopted documents will be submitted to the U.S. DOT to request its conformity determination in consultation with the U.S. EPA.

Key Staff Contact: Rachel Kennedy, (619) 699-1929,

2020 Census Complete Count
Staff presented information on the Census 2020 Complete Count. For more than 200 years, the U.S. Census Bureau has attempted to count every resident in the nation. Among other things, the data is used to determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and to distribute federal funding to local communities (e.g., Head Start programs, public transportation, road rehabilitation and construction). SANDAG is receiving more $1.56 million from the 2020 Census California Complete Count Office to coordinate and implement Census 2020 outreach activities in the San Diego region.

The FY 2019 and draft FY 2020 SANDAG Program Budgets include resources to supplement these activities. Coordination of 2020 Census outreach activities for the San Diego region are currently underway and will conclude by September 2020.

Key Staff Contact: Darlanne Hoctor Mulmat, (619) 699-7326,

Next SANDAG Board of Directors Meetings

The Friday, June 14, 2019 SANDAG Board of Directors meeting has been cancelled. The next meeting will take place on Friday, June 28, 2019.

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