We decided to follow the lead of the Mayor from a few council meetings ago in reporting on the payments of another elected official by MTS. SANDAG, the San Diego Association of Governments, has provided information on all stipend payments since 2003. Mayor Art Madrid tops the list with $45,650. In that same time period the other payments are Dave Allan $6,700, Ruth Sterling $2,950, Barry Jantz $2,600, and Mark Arapostathis $1,550. The entire report is available here.

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Comment by David Stanley on July 27, 2013 at 2:40pm

Great and thank you.  As you may surmise, I am suspicious of most or all politicians. When everything is explained and makes sense then I am on your side.  Thanks again.  David

Comment by La Mesa Citizen Oversight Group on July 27, 2013 at 12:50pm

The mayor has served as the main SANDAG rep for the time shown. It's over 370 meetings in 10 years he has attended. Some meetings pay $100, others pay $150.

SANDAG sets policy and makes decisions on all manner of transportation issues in San Diego County. SANDAG provided a grant to La Mesa for La Mesa Village improvements. The Board of Directors work together to dole out grants to each others cities. Funding may come from state of federal sources and tied to their requirements for their policies and "whatever."

Comment by David Stanley on July 27, 2013 at 11:40am

I now understand what SANDAG is and some of what it does but what does Madrid do? If appointees are allowed up to $150 for each meeting does this mean that Madrid has attended just a little over 304 meetings since his appointment and when was his appointment? I am abit confused here.

Comment by La Mesa Citizen Oversight Group on July 27, 2013 at 11:09am

San Diego County area representatives to SANDAG, appointed from the various cities, are allowed to claim up to $150 for each meeting they attend of the SANDAG Board of Directors, executive committee, regional planning commission, board of directors retreat, borders committee, etc.

SANDAG is the San Diego County transportation group created by the State of California to oversee and plan San Diego county transportation (MTS is a division of SANDAG). The budget for this year is $1.6 billion. SANDAG has no direct elected officials running the orgaization. La Mesa historically appoints someone to the SANDAG Board of Directors each January following 2-3 minutes of discussion about who on the city council will take which outside commission assignments. You can find SANDAG here. http://www.sandag.org/

Comment by David Stanley on July 27, 2013 at 9:13am

Wait, wait. Exactly WHY is Madrid receiving these "stipends"? As I recall, a "Stipend" is a  payment issued  on a regular basis for some specific purpose. And, if he has received over $45,000 WHAT is or are the specific purposes? To be continued ..........

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