Seaside Courier: San Diego region voters to consider infrastructure improvement with Measure A

November 4, 2016 – Seaside Courier – Voters will decide in Tuesday’s election whether to raise the sales tax by a half-cent countywide to fund infrastructure improvements in the San Diego region.

The 18 cities in the region will have discretion to use the revenue on road and pothole repairs, fixing sidewalks, open space acquisition and other things, according to SANDAG Chairman Ron Roberts, a county supervisor. Roberts has been leading the “Repair San Diego” campaign along with San Diego Councilman Todd Gloria. Their efforts are supported by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and San Diego County Taxpayers Association, among others.

On the other side, opponents contend the projects envisioned in Measure A place too high a priority on freeway expansion projects at the expense of mass transit.

Nicole Capretz of the Climate Action Campaign and others against the proposition have called for SANDAG to reshuffle how the projects are phased in over the years, moving up the timeline for public transportation.

The city of San Diego will be unable to meet the goals of its climate action plan if the measure passes, and the region would not achieve state climate change targets, Capretz said.

Among other opponents are the local chapter of the Sierra Club, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and San Diego Coastkeeper.

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