What is SANDAG?

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the San Diego region’s primary public planning, transportation, and research agency, providing the public forum for regional policy decisions about growth, transportation planning and construction, environmental management, housing, open space, energy, and more.

For more information, visit the following websites:

SANDAG – the official site of San Diego Association of Governments

Wikipedia – San Diego Association of Governments

Wikipedia – Metropolitan Planning Organization

What is the Regional Transportation Plan?

The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is a long-term blueprint of a region’s transportation system. The plan identifies and analyzes transportation needs of the metropolitan region and creates a framework for project priorities.

For more information about the Regional Transportation Plan, please visit:

San Diego FORWARD – The Regional Plan 2019 – 2050

Wikipedia – Regional Transportation Plan

Who are the Members of SANDAG?

  • Carlsbad –  Matt Hall, Mayor
  • Chula Vista –  Mary Salas, Mayor
  • Coronado –  Richard Bailey, Mayor
  • Del Mar –  Terry Sinnott, Councilmember – Chair
  • El Cajon –  Bill Wells, Mayor
  • Encinitas –  Catherine Blakespear, Mayor
  • Escondido –  Sam Abed, Mayor
  • Imperial Beach –  Serge Dedina, Mayor
  • La Mesa –  Kristine Alessio, Councilmember
  • Lemon Grove –  Racquel
  • National City –  Ron Morrison, Mayor
  • Oceanside –  Chuck Lowery, Deputy Mayor
  • Poway –  Steve Vaus, Mayor – Vice Chair
  • San Diego –  Kevin Faulconer, Mayor & Myrtle Cole, Council President
  • San Marcos –  Jim Desmond, Mayor
  • Santee –  John Minto, Mayor
  • Solana Beach –  David A. Zito, Deputy Mayor
  • Vista –  Judy Ritter, Mayor
  • County of San Diego –  Bill Horn, Supervisor & Ron Roberts, SupervisorVasquez, Mayor

Historical Facts

  • 2004 – Sierra Club opposed Transnet tax extension

  • 2011 – Sierra Club sued SANDAG for deficiencies in the 2011 Plan

  • 2015 – Sierra Club joined the Quality of Life Coalition in opposing an additional tax

  • 2016 – The tax was defeated

  • 2017 – AB 805 passed and signed into law

What is AB 805?

A bill by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher that overhauls the regional planning agency SANDAG. The changes at SANDAG will empower large cities like San Diego and Chula Vista, at the expense of small and rural cities like Del Mar and Santee. In practice, that’s expected to shift SANDAG and its $1.3 billion annual budget to the left, making it more likely the board emphasizes transit projects over freeways.

For more information on AB 805, please visit the following websites:

Voice of San Diego – Governor Signs Bill to Dramatically Shift Power at SANDAG

San Diego Union Tribune – SANDAG needs reform. Why AB 805 is just the ticket

California Legislative Information – Assembly Bill 805