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The Bizarre Unity of the SANDAG Board

SANDAG is a political Never-Never Land: A place where everyone seems to agree. There are reasons for that. “If someone speaks out, they’re ostracized,” said one longtime board member.

Behind the Lone Vote Against SANDAG’s Big Transportation Plan

SANDAG's board of directors voted 20-1 last week to appeal its long-term transportation plan to the state Supreme Court. Chuck Lowery, deputy mayor of Oceanside, was the one. He explains what he’d like to see from a long-term transportation plan and how the board dynamics contributed to the lopsided vote.

How San Diego’s Big Railroad Dreams Went Off Track

The effort to bring a defunct cross-border track back to life has taken some turns lately. Back when San Diego was a backwater burg in the 1880s, local bigwigs tried to turn the city into the western terminus of the cross-country railroad system and the top port south of San Francisco. It didn't happen.

Conflict Pushes Fulton Out of Bay Park Decision

The city is selecting a consultant to rewrite development restrictions around two new trolley stops. Planning director Bill Fulton removed himself from the decision due to a conflict of interest under the city's ethics ordinance.

MTS Almost Got Off Easy on the Desert Line

A company under increasing scrutiny nearly made life easy on county transportation officials this month, when a missed lease payment almost negated its contract to rebuild a cross-border freight line. Now, if public officials want to undo the deal, they'll have to work for it.

The Desert Line Mirage Lives on — for Now

A group of border-region business interests are eager to see the Desert Line become reality, but the project is now mired in conflicts involving its latest owners and the Metropolitan Transit System – and at least two U.S. congressmen want to know just what the heck is going on.

He’s Not Just Along for the Ride

Chula Vista City Councilman Rudy Ramirez used his vote on the MTS budget to make a point about how the agency allocates resources. Ramirez says most MTS board members don't even use public transit regularly, and don't understand frequent riders' needs.

The Clairemont Controversy’s Two Uncomfortable Truths

Despite all the sudden infighting over the city's idea to increase density near two new trolley stops, the issue won't get a final vote until at least 2016. In the meantime, residents and officials can grapple with two inconvenient realities the Clairemont controversy has brought into focus.

An Unruly Clairemont Crowd Asks: ‘Leave Us in Peace’

Clairemont and Bay Park residents said at a Wednesday town hall that they won't entertain any plan to increase the size and scale of development in their neighborhood. To punctuate the point, the raucous, 300-plus crowd booed one opposing voice out of the room.