County Supervisor Ron Roberts elected SANDAG chairman

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SAN DIEGO — County Supervisor Ron Roberts was Friday unanimously elected chairman of the San Diego Association of Governments.

Roberts succeeds Santee Councilman Jack Dale for a one-year term at the helm of the regional planning agency. His name was put forward by a nominating committee that included Dale and several other elected officials.

The group also nominated Del Mar Councilman and Deputy Mayor Terry Sinnott for the position of first vice chairman. He was also approved unanimously.

Leadership of SANDAG will be crucial over the next year because the organization is planning to put forth a wide-ranging ballot measure that would dedicate funds for infrastructure and environmental projects. If the final version includes a tax increase, SANDAG leaders would have to convince two- thirds of area voters to support the measure.

“We have a lot ahead of us in the coming year and beyond — including construction of the Mid-Coast Trolley extension and work to secure a new funding source for our region’s transit future,” Roberts said. “I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues and continuing the SANDAG tradition of getting things done.”

Roberts has served on the Board of Supervisors for 20 years, and was on the San Diego City Council for seven years before that. He also has been on the California Air Resources Board for 20 years, and serves on the boards of several other agencies.

He’s the first supervisor to become SANDAG chairman.

Sinnott is a former San Diego Gas & Electric executive and independent management consultant who became active in Del Mar community affairs about a dozen years ago.

SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos wrote in a staff report that Roberts and Sinnott have “proven leadership experience, and … are dedicated to the agency and the region.”


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