Is the Green New Deal part of San Diego’s Future? Learn more at our June 5 meeting!
Hasan Ikhrata, new director of SANDAG, our regional transportation and planning agency, with millions of TransNet monies to distribute, recently proposed blowing up the old, long-term freeway centric transit plan. He sought to replace it with a more public transit focused, eco-friendly model, to better reach our state-mandated climate action goals. Ikhrata’s proposal sent shock waves throughout San Diego and its 29 local jurisdictions.
The County Board of Supervisors just voted 3-2 against the new plan, but with Nathan Fletcher voting in the minority to support Ikhrata’s initiative. On the other hand, the city of San Diego, with City Council (and MTS) President Georgette Gomez in strong support, will use its clout on the SANDAG board to push the new plan.
Join us at our June 5 meeting to hear more about the region’s transportation future and what it means in our fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our all-star panel includes Ikhrata, Gomez, Fletcher, and Sophie Wolfram, a longtime advocate of mass transit over more freeway construction, who is director of programs for Climate Action Campaign and recently appointed to San Diego’s important Mobility Board. Also joining the panel: Moderator Colin Parent, CEO of Circulate San Diego and a member of the La Mesa City Council, and our long-time member Jack Shu, president of the Cleveland National Forest Foundation and a staunch advocate of public transit initiatives.
The panel is Wednesday June 5 at the regular meeting of the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club, at the usual place, the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, just north of University Avenue in the heart of La Mesa. Meeting starts at 7 pm with a social half-hour 6:30-7 pm preceding the meeting. The club and members supply snacks, salads, desserts and beverages to all attendees. Hope to see you there!