DATE: May 21, 2002
TO: BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
SUBJECT: Final Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Regional Government
The Ad Hoc Committee on Regional Government submits its final report and recommendations for regional governance in San Diego County.
CHAIRMAN RON ROBERTS AND VICE CHAIRMAN GREG COX
- Accept the report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Regional Government.
- Express support for the Committee's recommendation for the San Diego Regional Transportation Authority, an independent, directly elected regional board.
- Direct the Committee to convey our Board's position to our state delegation.
On February 12, 2002 (21) our Board created an ad hoc subcommittee to study regional government and report back our findings. With the same action, the Board expressed our desire to see a regional governing body that was accountable to the people through direct election and a regional governing plan that would be approved on the ballot. On March 19, 2002 (29) our Board reaffirmed its commitment to direct election and voter approval of the plan, and added that a regional agency should focus on transportation issues as the primary regional concern, and that any land use authority ought to be limited to transportation issues. On April 20, 2002 (13) the Board discussed regional government at greater length and expressed support for an independent, directly elected regional agency. Today, our subcommittee submits its final report, with recommendations to express support for the creation of a San Diego Regional Transportation Authority led by a seven-member board. Specific recommendations for this authority are detailed in the attached outline.
It is the conclusion of this committee that, to be the most efficient and accountable regional government, the proposed San Diego Regional Transportation Authority should be directly elected in districts of equal population. The creation of districts could commence immediately after the required voter approval of the plan in November, 2002. Under such a plan, an eleven-member districting commission would carry out this task after appointment by the following: one member per Supervisor, one member appointed by cities within each of the subregions of north county coastal, north county inland, east county, and south county, and two from San Diego. With this schedule, the first election for the Regional Transportation Authority board could occur on the date of the California primary, 2004. The interim would allow time for the affected agencies to put together and implement a transitional plan, so that the new board could begin the important work of regional transportation planning one month after the election.
This regional agency adopted by San Diego County should focus entirely on transportation planning, and have the limited land use authority needed to implement regionally significant transportation projects. To this end, the authority should consolidate the transportation planning functions of the San Diego Association of Governments, North County Transit District and the Metropolitan Transit Development Board. Additionally, the new authority would be responsible for completion and implementation of the regional transportation plan. To ensure that concerns of the various local agencies are being considered by the new Authority, the regional board could be assisted by advisory committees made up of local agency members.
We ask that our Board review these recommendations and offer comments and support.