SANDAG's director may resign Friday

Posted at 4:56 AM, Aug 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 10:26:08-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is continuing to face fallout from allegations it misled taxpayers on a proposal to increase the sales tax to pay for transportation projects.

On Friday, SANDAG Director Gary Gallegos may resign from his post, 10News learned.

Gallegos is asking to be let out of his contract immediately, instead of giving the 120-day advanced notice he agreed to when he signed it.

"The region is facing change and that change is going to require new leadership to build consensus and position San Diego to take advantage of future opportunities," Gallegos said in a letter to the board this week. "In order to accomplish this as soon as possible ... I propose to retire at the earliest possible date."

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But that may be a hard sell.

National City Mayor Ron Morrison said he might hold Gallegos to the 120 days.

"There's no one that can just run in and jump into this position," Morrison said. "It's very complex."

Gallegos' request comes after a report found SANDAG may have misled the public when it came to last November's failed Measure A -- a half-cent sales tax increase to pay for transportation proejcts.

SANDAG backed Measure A using a faulty $18 billion revenue projection.

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Morrison, who supports Gallegos, said he's concerned losing him could delay projects in the works.

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, a SANDAG member who is not voting, said the director should leave immediately.

"The organization will continue to function, but there's a big job to be done," she said. "SANDAG needs a thorough housecleaning."

Morrison said he'll hear Gallegos out before making a decision.

A SANDAG spokeswoman said Gallegos was not available for comment.