San Diego Association of Governments

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San Diego Association of Governments
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Agency overview
  • Comprehensive Planning Organization of San Diego
JurisdictionSan Diego County
Headquarters401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101
Annual budget$1.36 billion
Agency executive
  • Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director
Child agencies

The San Diego Association of Governments (abbreviated SANDAG) is an association of local San Diego County governments. It is the metropolitan planning organization for the County, with policy makers consisting of mayors, councilmembers, and County Supervisors, and also has capital planning and fare setting powers for the county's transit systems, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System and North County Transit District, some of which was assumed by the Metropolitan Transit Development Board (became MTS in 1986).

SANDAG, along with the Southern California Association of Governments, are the only metropolitan planning agencies in Southern California.


The board was previously governed with the representation of one board member from every city in San Diego County, with each member holding two votes in two systems. The approval of a project required the majority tally vote representing all cities and board members, as well as the majority of represented members weighted by population.

After the passage of SANDAG's reform bill in 2017, any four representatives representing a majority of the county's population can overrule the tally vote.[1]

See also[edit]

  • IE511 neighboring 511 system


  1. ^ Keatts, Andrew (2017-10-11). "Governor Signs Bill to Dramatically Shift Power at SANDAG". Voice of San Diego. Retrieved 2020-12-16.

External links[edit]

  • SANDAG · San Diego Association of Governments
  • LAO Report March 2006 Assessment of SANDAG's Role in San Diego from the Legislative Analyst's Office