San Diego County’s unincorporated area will get a designated seat on the SANDAG board of directors after state legislation added a post for another county supervisor.

However, the county government’s weight in board votes will remain the same.

Currently, the Board of Supervisors chairperson sits on SANDAG, which serves as a regional planner and administrator for the TransNet sales tax. The law allows either of the supervisors from county districts 2 and 5 – currently represented by Dianne Jacob and Bill Horn, respectively – to also sit on the board. Those districts encompass nearly all of the county’s unincorporated areas. Horn’s office estimated that 16 percent of the county’s residents live in unincorporated areas.


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