San Diego Business Journal

Sandag Retreat at Barona Resort Is Open to the Public

By Mike Allen Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A group of nearly 100 elected officials and their staffers are getting together for a three-day retreat starting Jan. 29 at the Barona Resort and Casino in Lakeside organized by the San Diego Association of Governments, the regional transportation planning organization whose members are the county’s 18 cities and the county itself.

The event, which has been held at the hotel/casino for the last four years, is intended to bring together officials from around the county to discuss policy strategies for the coming year, according to Sandag. The budget for the event is $25,000, according to a Sandag spokeswoman.

The retreat has been held at Barona since 2010. The event is open to the public.

Among the topics that will be explored through speaker panels are climate change, the impact of demographic shifts on policymaking, and how emerging technologies are changing the ways residents get around.

A panel entitled “Climate Change: What does the science show?” on Jan. 31 will feature the director of the Energy Policy Initiatives Center at University of San Diego, a senior policy analyst from the same group, and a professor from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The panel will be discussing latest research, the results of public opinion research, and what public agencies are doing to prepare and respond to the impacts from climate change, according to the event’s schedule.

The Barona facility isn’t subsidizing the cost for the event, and Sandag is paying two of the retreat’s speakers $1,000 each, a Sandag spokeswoman said.