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Board Actions - November 2018

SANDAG Executive Director's Report

Congratulations to the new leaders stepping in to help guide SANDAG into the future. Earlier this month, the Board unanimously selected Poway Mayor Steve Vaus to serve as chair and Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear to serve as vice chair for two-year terms starting in January. The pair will lead the 21-member Board through many important discussions in 2019 and 2020, including the update of San Diego Forward: The 2019-2050 Regional Plan, which determines the future transportation network that will work best for the region and the funding strategies to make it a reality.

In addition, SANDAG will welcome new Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata on Monday, December 3. Ikhrata is the former executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments. His first SANDAG Board meeting will be Friday, December 7, during which the Board will discuss the SANDAG Plan of Excellence. We are all looking forward to working with our new leaders.

Kim Kawada
SANDAG Chief Deputy Executive Director

November 16 Board Business Meeting

Election of 2019/2020 SANDAG Board Officers

Directors unanimously selected Poway Mayor Steve Vaus to serve as chair and Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear to serve as vice chair. Both will take up their new roles on January 1, 2019. They will serve two-year terms. Current Board Chair Terry Sinnott, a city councilmember from Del Mar, will step down from public service later next month.

Vaus is the current SANDAG Board vice chair and has been on the Board since January 2015, shortly after becoming mayor of Poway in 2014. Prior to that, he served on the Poway City Council from 2012-2014.  He owns a Poway production company and has spent many years in charitable organizations benefiting children in need.

Blakespear has been a member of the SANDAG Board since January 2017. She was recently reelected to her second two-year term as mayor. Blakespear is a fourth-generation resident of Encinitas. She maintains an estate planning law practice.

Key Staff Contact: Victoria Stackwick, (619) 699-6926,

Buena Vista Lagoon Enhancement Project

At the request of the City of Carlsbad, Directors voted for a six-month continuance of this item so a consensus can be reached on the proposed enhancement efforts. 

In 2012, SANDAG was asked by the cities of Carlsbad and Oceanside to serve as the new lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act for this project’s environmental impact report (EIR). After preparing an EIR that equally analyzed saltwater, freshwater, hybrid, and no project alternatives, the saltwater alternative was identified as the recommended enhancement project because it would provide the most benefits to improve water quality, reduce mosquito habitat and vector-borne mosquito diseases, reduce flooding in the lagoon, and support a healthier environment for native species.

This item will be brought back to the SANDAG Board at a future meeting.

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

San Diego Forward: The 2019-2050 Regional Plan – Network Concepts Outreach

Staff presented an overview of feedback gathered on draft network concepts circulated for review in October, including input on which components are most important for inclusion in the Regional Plan. The input will be used during the development of the plan’s transportation network scenarios, which will be available for review and input in early 2019.

Frequently heard comments from public outreach events included the importance of:

• Improved and efficient access to jobs and other destinations via all modes of transportation, reduced congestion, and more transit and biking/walking options

• Support for a variety of transportation projects and the desire for their near-term implementation, including airport and border transportation

• Safe opportunities for biking and walking

• Support for deploying smart signals regionwide, lower transit fares, and infrastructure to support connected vehicles, automated vehicles, and electric vehicle charging

• Meeting California Senate Bill 375 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets

• Providing for an efficient and equitable transportation system

• Affordable housing in the region, as well as infrastructure investments in areas expected to see future housing growth

• Support for projects that facilitate goods movement and job creation
The SANDAG Board will be asked to select a preferred scenario in early 2019. This scenario will serve as the basis for the draft 2019 Regional Plan and its environmental document.

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Key Staff Contacts: Elizabeth Cox, (619) 699-1937, and Rachel Kennedy, (619) 699-1929,

Next Board of Directors Meeting

The next SANDAG Board of Directors meetings will take place on December 7, 2018, and December 21, 2018. For more information, visit

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