SANDAG newsletter provides information on key projects
TransNet Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee
Committed to move aggressively on much-needed transportation projects, a panel of local mayors and county supervisors selected three individuals to serve four-year terms on the seven-member Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee (ITOC) - a group tasked with monitoring and evaluating SANDAG use of the $14 billion TransNet sales tax approved by the voters as Proposition A in November 2004.
Joining ITOC Chair Maryam Babaki, and Ron Gerow, John Meyer, and Jim Ryan as members are:
With the passage of the TransNet Extension Ordinance and Expenditure Plan in November 2004, it was mandated in the Ordinance that an ITOC for TransNet be formed to provide an enhanced level of accountability for the expenditure of funds under the Expenditure Plan.
Earlier this year, the ITOC solicited for qualified members of the public to fill open positions made vacant by the expiration of three two-year terms: a licensed architect; civil engineer, or traffic engineer; a chief executive officer or senior-level decision-maker for a major private sector employer; and a biologist or environmental scientist. Applications were due March 23, 2007.
The new ITOC members were selected on April 27, 2007, by the ITOC Selection Committee, which is composed of elected officials from throughout the region. Membership currently includes County Supervisors Pam Slater-Price and Bill Horn, Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox, Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler, Carlsbad Mayor Bud Lewis, La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid, and San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders.
The next ITOC meeting will be held at the Escondido City Hall (210 N. Broadway) in the Mitchell Room on Wednesday, May 16, 2007, starting at 9:30 a.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Discussion will focus on the status of the major TransNet-funded corridor projects, including the I-15 Managed Lanes project and the SPRINTER rail project.
For more information or to view the upcoming meeting agenda please visit www.sandag.org/ITOC.