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Board Actions - June 2019

SANDAG Executive Director’s Report
It’s award season here at SANDAG, and I want to recognize the outstanding work of the project teams recently honored. 

First are three awards from the San Diego Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). The APA recognized our team with the 2019 Large Jurisdiction Achievement Implementation Award for the Regional Mobility Hub Strategy. The SANDAG Regional Climate Action Planning Framework also earned an Environmental Planning Award. And SANDAG received a Best Practice Award from the APA Chapter for our Plug-In San Diego Regional Needs Assessment Mapping Tool. 

Next are two awards SANDAG received from the California Association of Public Information Officials. The 511 Roadside Assistance Registration Wallet received an Epic Award for Marketing and Promotional Items. Additionally, the 2018 San Diego Regional Bike to Work Day effort was recognized with an Epic Award for a Recurring Special or Community Event. 

Congratulations to these project teams.

I also want to recognize a SANDAG employee who recently earned an international award for her efforts – Pam Scanlon. Pam is the Director of the Automated Regional Justice Information System, also known as ARJIS. 

She received the G. Thomas Steele Excellence in Law Enforcement Information and Technology Award, which is presented annually at the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Information and Technology Section Conference. 

Pam has dedicated her career to serving the men and women in justice and public safety and has had a tremendous impact on the community through her work at SANDAG. 

We are all grateful for Pam’s efforts and congratulate her on earning this prestigious award.

June also brought us some great news from Sacramento. AB 1730 – our Regional Transportation Plan extension bill - unanimously passed out of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, bringing us one step closer to the Governor’s office.

The Governor also signed the 2019-2020 state budget, which includes about $6.2 million for Del Mar Bluffs stabilization. The budget also includes the housing funds I’ve mentioned previously - $250 million to help cities and counties plan for new housing and another $500 million to support housing development.

We plan to have state officials join the Board later this summer to talk through how our region could use this funding to support implementation of our next RHNA cycle.

Work on finding better transportation alternatives to the airport also continued in June. SANDAG staff are currently conducting the analysis for the modeling, construction feasibility, and costing for each of the airport-connection concepts that the Airport Connectivity Subcommittee identified in May. SANDAG and MTS also agreed to conduct a joint feasibility study of Trolley alignments to the airport. This effort will take six to eight weeks to complete. Because of this, the next Airport Subcommittee meeting will take place toward the end of the summer.

In other major related news, on July 10 SANDAG announced it had reached an MOU agreement with the Navy to explore possible options for the redevelopment of Naval Base Point Loma Old Town Complex, also known as NAVWAR. Chair Vaus, Mayor Faulconer, and NAVFAC Southwest Commanding Officer Captain Mark Edelson made the announcement at a joint press conference here at SANDAG. The MOU gives SANDAG and the Navy a framework to discuss potential options for the naval property.

Moving on to the 2021 Regional Plan, SANDAG staff continue to develop the vision we propose to deliver through the 5 Big Moves. The 5 Big Moves concepts also were discussed during the July 12, 2019, Board of Directors meeting as the process of developing the Regional Plan continued. 

June and early July also brought us the first two in our summer series of webinars on the 5 Big Moves. The Complete Corridors webinar took place at noon on Wednesday, June 26, followed by the Transit Leap webinar on July 10. Both attracted about 300 participants. During these webinars, SANDAG staff presented initial thinking on the 5 Big Moves, and industry experts provided insights and thoughts from the private sector and from experience in other regions.

We hope you’ll join us for the remaining webinars in the coming months. To register, visit

Finally, I’d like to recognize outgoing Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee (ITOC) member Jonathan Tibbitts. Experienced, insightful, and dedicated – those are all words that describe Jonathan – and I’d like to thank him for bringing these attributes to his service on the committee over the last eight years.

Jonathan’s departure opens the door to new ITOC member Michael Kenney, who joined the committee in mid-June. Michael is a civil and traffic engineer with more than 28 years’ experience. Please join me in welcoming Michael to this important seat. 

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

June 28 Board Meeting

Annual Report to Legislature on Public Transit
Directors approved the FY 2018 Public Transit Report for submission to the California Legislature. SANDAG is required to submit this annual report on public transit to the State Legislature by July 1 of each year.

Key Staff Contact: Jennifer Williamson, (619) 699-1959, 

Interstate 5/Voigt Drive Improvements Project
Directors approved an I-5/Voigt Drive Improvements Project budget amendment to add $16.4 million of additional funding to the project, bringing the new total to $42.7 million. This project will align Voigt Drive and Campus Point between I-5 and Genesee Avenue on the UC San Diego campus. It includes right-of-way and funding for construction of the Mid-Coast Trolley, Gilman Drive Bridge, and future Voigt Drive Bridge and Direct Access Ramp.

Directors also approved a UC San Diego Mid-Coast Improvements Project budget amendment that adds $14 million of UC San Diego funds, bringing the new total to $17 million. This scope includes several UC San Diego-funded street and utility capacity enhancements at the request of the university to take advantage of construction efficiencies and eliminate future re-work.

Construction on these projects is scheduled to begin this summer with a planned opening to the public in summer 2021.

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

5 Big Moves Discussion
Directors requested that the chair schedule a discussion of the 5 Big Moves concepts on Friday, July 12, 2019. The 5 Big Moves – Complete Corridors, Transit Leap, Mobility Hubs, Flexible Fleets, and Next OS – are strategies developed by SANDAG staff being used to help set the framework for San Diego Forward: The 2021 Regional Plan. The 5 Big Moves strategies were previously presented to the Board on April 26, 2019, as an informational item. The item was brought to the Board on July 12 for discussion, and the Board directed staff to move forward using the concepts to develop the Regional Plan. The Board also directed staff to produce a plan that meets greenhouse gas reduction targets and other state laws, that includes accurate and transparent revenue projections, and that gives priorities to previously planned corridor improvements such as upgrades to state routes of 78, 52, 67, and 94/125. 

For more information, visit  

Key Staff Contact:
Muggs Stoll, (619) 699-6945,

2019 Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee Annual Report
In accordance with the TransNet Extension Ordinance, the 2019 Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee Annual Report (including the results of the annual FY 2018 TransNet Fiscal and Compliance Audit) was presented to the Board as an informational item. The report highlights the committee’s milestones and accomplishments in FY 2019.

For more information and to read the report, visit

Key Staff Contact:
Ariana zur Nieden, (619) 699-6961,

FY 2020 Program Budget
Directors adopted the Final SANDAG FY 2020 Program Budget, which includes $1.36 billion in local, state, and federal funding for SANDAG activities, including almost $926 million for capital project delivery. The SANDAG Bylaws require approval of a final budget by the Board of Directors by June 30.

For more information and to view the FY 2020 Program Budget, visit

Key Staff Contacts:
Sandi Craig, (619) 699-6998,
André Douzdjian, (619) 699-6931 

2019 Grant Anticipation Notes Issuance: Review of Draft Documents
The Board of Directors adopted SANDAG Resolution No. 2019-25, authorizing the issuance of up to $335 million of bonds to advance implementation of the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project funding strategy. Bonds are anticipated to be issued in summer 2019.

Key Staff Contacts:
André Douzdjian, (619) 699-6931,
José Nuncio, (619) 699-1908,

Board Policy No. 040: Unsolicited Proposals and Partnership Requests
Directors established Board Policy No. 040: Unsolicited Proposals and Partnership Requests, which provides high-level guidance to staff on responding to proposals submitted to SANDAG when there is not a competitive procurement planned.

For more information and to view the new policy, visit

Key Staff Contact: Julie Wiley, (619) 699-6966,

Buena Vista Lagoon Enhancement Plan Status
An update on the status of the Buena Vista Lagoon Enhancement Plan was provided by staff. SANDAG was asked to complete the environmental review for the enhancement of the lagoon at the request of the cities of Carlsbad and Oceanside. In November 2018, the Board of Directors postponed certifying the Environmental Impact Report for six months to give time for affected property owners and stakeholders to work together and develop a proposal that met key objectives. Staff reported to the Board that the owners presented a proposal which, upon preliminary review, appeared promising. As a next step, SANDAG staff will complete an engineering and environmental analysis on the proposed alternative. This item will be brought back to the Board for further consideration this fall.

Key Staff Contact: Keith Greer, (619) 699-7390,

Next SANDAG Board of Directors Meetings

The next Board Info report will cover Board of Directors meetings of Friday, July 12, 2019, and Friday, July 26, 2019.

For more information, visit

Project Manager(s)

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