April 19, 2024
A trolley automotive exterior the twelfth & Imperial transit heart. Picture by Chris Jennewein

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters has notified supporters of a half-cent gross sales tax hike that their measure has made the poll.

Let’s Go! San Diego pursued the poll initiative to pay for a slate of transit and street tasks sought by the San Diego Affiliation of Governments (SANDAG).

The registrar’s workplace, in a letter to backers of the marketing campaign, cited a complete of 172,916 signatures that have been submitted, 127,249 of which have been deemed legitimate. That exceeds the quantity wanted to qualify for the Nov. 5 poll by about 14,000 signatures, in accordance with Fox5 San Diego and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

That is the second try and put the proposed enhance on the poll.

The primary, final Might, failed regardless of the teams handing over 165,000 signatures. A month later the registrar knowledgeable the marketing campaign that 23,000 of the signatures have been lacking, and that they’d did not qualify for the November 2023 election.

Organizers had re-grouped by August and pledged to gather signatures once more, this time with a 2024 election because the goal.

The San Diego Alliance for Visitors Reduction, Dependable Transit and Jobs, which is behind the Let’s Go! San Diego effort, is sponsored by labor organizations and companies.

The committee’s high funders, in accordance with letsgosd.org, are the Worldwide Brotherhood of Electrical Staff Native Union 569, Southern California Partnership for Jobs and Flatiron Development.

The final try and move an extra half-cent gross sales tax for transit and street tasks, in 2016, failed and later SANDAG was mired in controversy following revelations that employees knew of defective income projections linked to Measure A, however uncared for to tell board members or voters.

One key distinction between the present measure and the one from eight years in the past – as it’s an initiative, it will solely require a easy majority to move, not like Measure A, which wanted a two-thirds vote.