No Good Deed Goes Unpunished. AG Sues San Diego’s Enviro Success.
On January 24, OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn spoke to 250 transportation professionals at the California Transportation Forum in Sacramento regarding the future of San Diego’s Regional Planning Agency’s (SANDAG) new Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the effects it could have on Southern California Association of Government’s (SCAG) 2012-2035 RTP/SCS.
In what is the first step in pushing beyond landmark climate change legislation SB 375, the state’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, and activists are suing SANDAG, claiming the plan violated the California Environmental Quality ACT (CEQA). These activists are aggressively seeking to divert future transportation funding away from a balanced approach that includes highway maintenance and upgrades, and direct the funds exclusively to transit – forcing all future spending and land use planning into urban centers.
The attack is a direct threat not only to roads and highways – whose crumbling infrastructure we encounter daily – but to travel, commerce, goods movement and the State’s economic recovery and jobs creation.
What is happening in San Diego is a precedent for the rest of the state, including SCAG’s draft RTP/SCS. Investment in goods movement upgrades is critical to keep the region economically competitive with other west coast gateways, especially the Panama Canal. It is not possible to meet the mobility needs of all segments of the populace and support the economy with a transit-only plan that leaves the highway system in disrepair or with poor connectivity. The plan should be based on a balanced, multi-modal system that supports state and federal transportation goals, and state SB 375 goals.For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.