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  • Chamber to launch Government Affairs Committee in response to SANDAG plan that shelves long-planned freeway expansions

    Chamber to launch Government Affairs Committee in response to SANDAG plan that shelves long-planned freeway expansions

    The Alpine Chamber has been a voice for small business since 1961, but the time has come to formally organize ourselves and express our concerns to the powers-that-be. The Chamber is assembling a “Government Affairs Committee” to address a paradigm shift at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) concerning voter-approved highway funding. We believe these new policies will stifle economic and job growth in Alpine.
    To quote a recent letter from Supervisor Diane Jacobs to the Board of Supervisors:
    “On April 26, 2019 SANDAG Staff unveiled a new vision for the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) that identifies numerus new public transit projects while removing the unfunded highway projects promised to voters in 2004. If adopted, this reallocation of TransNet funding will degrade the confidence of San Diego’s voters and contribute to worsening traffic conditions throughout the region.”
    Of particular concern to the Alpine Chamber is the potential loss of a long-promised plan to expand Interstate-8 to three lanes between 2nd Ave in El Cajon to Los Coches. Alpine businesses and residents agree that the expansion will provide much needed relief from traffic congestion. Indeed, the average commute time for Alpine residents in 2017 was half an hour with nearly 1 in 4 residents having a commute time exceeding 45 minutes. Simply put, time spent in traffic is time wasted. It has a negative impact on business and quality-of-life.
    Again, to quote Supervisor Diane Jacobs:
    “Businesses throughout San Diego rely on the region’s road network on a daily basis for a multitude of reasons. Residents in rural communities do have reliable access to public transit and they need cars to get to jobs, schools, and other communities. Also, a functioning road network is crucial to public safety. The fires that have occurred in our region are a testament to the need for improvements to congested roads and highways.”
    The Alpine Chamber is calling on community leaders in Alpine to come together to fight for our interests and stand up to policy-makers who ignore the will of the voter. Our new committee will act as a unified voice and as an essential part of the decision-making process.
    If you are interested in serving on the Government Affairs Committee, please contact Executive Director, Alex Ward, at alex@alpinechamber.com or (619) 445-2722.

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