SAN DIEGO–San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is seeking a top executive and a science professional to serve on a seven-member board that oversees expenditures made under the TransNet extension, a regional half-cent sales tax expected to generate $14 billion for transportation improvements during its 40-year life.
“This is a great opportunity for people with specialized skills to give back to their community,” said SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos. “We need bright minds to ask questions and provide input on these very large and important programs.”
When San Diego County voters approved the TransNet extension in 2004, the ordinance required the creation of the Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee (ITOC) to provide an enhanced level of accountability for the expenditure of TransNet funds. ITOC helps ensure that voter mandates are carried out and develops recommendations for improvements to the financial integrity and performance of the program.
ITOC is seeking qualified members of the public to fill two vacancies on the seven-member committee in the following categories. Applications are available at www.sandag.org and are due by March 29:
The chief executive officer – or person in a similar senior-level decision-making position – of a major private sector employer with demonstrated experience in leading a large organization. (Term expires May 2011)
A professional in biology or environmental science with demonstrated experience of ten years or more with environmental regulations and major project mitigation requirements and/or habitat acquisition and management. (Term expires May 2011)
The other five seats on the committee – which usually meets once a month – are filled by individuals from these categories: a licensed architect or civil/traffic engineer with experience in transportation and/or urban design; an engineer with experience in transportation project design and construction; a professional with experience in real estate, land economics, and/or right-of-way acquisition; a professional with experience in municipal or public finance and/or budgeting; and a professional with experience in the management of large-scale construction projects.