Morning Report: SANDAG Chief Says Past Board Consensus Was a Lie

Hasan Ikhrata is the new executive director of the San Diego Association of Governments. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

Once upon a time, the various regional leaders who sit on the SANDAG board would – despite representing different cities and political parties and various competing interests – somehow walk into the SANDAG board room and all be on the same page, and vote in lockstep.

Now that Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata is at the helm, that unity is gone. And Ikhrata says it was fake all along.

Ikhrata’s new plan for the region’s transportation future has exposed deep tensions on the board.

In a new piece analyzing the rift, which was marked by two separate confrontations with board members last week, Andrew Keatts details why leaders from North County and East County are making their frustrations public, and why Ikhrata says that’s actually a good thing.

“By design or accident,” Keatts writes, Ikhrata is…

Original published: 2019-05-15 11:30:18 Read the full San Diego News here

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