The San Diego Association of Governments‘ Board of Directors unanimously voted to promote two of its members Friday to be the agency’s next chair and vice chair.
With current SANDAG Board Chair and Del Mar City Councilman Terry Sinnott retiring at the end of the year, the board voted to promote current Vice Chair and Poway Mayor Steve Vaus to be the agency’s new chair. The board also voted Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear to the seat of vice chair. Vaus and Blakespear will serve two-year terms in their new positions, beginning Jan. 1, 2019.
“SANDAG does significant work that affects us all,” Vaus said. “It will be an honor to serve as chair as we grapple with how the region gets to and from work, school, home, and those wide-open spaces we cherish. We’ve got a new executive director — Hasan Ikhrata — joining the agency next month, and I hope he will challenge us with big ideas and sound practices.”
The board is composed of elected officials from all 19 local governments in San Diego County. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer sits on the board as the City of San Diego’s representative.
Vaus has sat on the board since 2015 and has served as Poway mayor since 2014. Vaus was also a City Councilman in Poway from 2012 to 2014.
Blakespear is a newer face on the board, taking her seat in 2017. Blakespear received 81 percent of the vote during the Nov. 6 mid-term election as Encinitas voters overwhelming re-elected her to a second two-year mayoral term.
“I look forward to working with Mayor Vaus and our new executive director on planning and construction efforts that improve transportation options for bikes, pedestrians, cars, and trains, while enhancing environmental sustainability,” Blakespear said.
–City News Service
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