San Diego City Councilmember Georgette Gómez Voted Chair of MTS Board

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Georgette Gomez at Golden Hall prior to her election victory in November 2016. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego City Councilmember Georgette Gómez will chair the Metropolitan Transit System board for two years following a unanimous vote by its directors on Thursday.

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Gómez takes over from Harry Mathis, who held the post for 12 years. She is the first Latina to chair the board of San Diego’s transit system.

“It is a great honor to lead our region’s public transit system,” Gómez said. “This is an exciting time for the agency, its passengers and employees. Major service enhancements are happening this year, including better bus frequency and faster trips, and the Mid-City Centerline project.”

Gómez was elected to the City Council in 2016 to represent the 9th District, which includes City Heights, Kensington, Talmadge, El Cerrito, Rolando, the San Diego State University area, Mountain View and Southcrest.

“We look forward to working with Georgette as our new chair, and continue our success and our standing as one of the top public transit agencies in the nation,” said Paul Jablonski, chief executive officer of MTS.

“We are fortunate to have a strong advocate for transit serving as our chair,” he added. “She has shown a strong passion for transit, not only in representing thousands of constituents who depend on transit, but also to maximize MTS services for our entire region.”

The MTS Board is made up of 15 members from the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, Poway, Santee, El Cajon, La Mesa, National City, Lemon Grove, Coronado, Imperial Beach and the County of San Diego.

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