Thursday, April 2, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

A sleepy and mostly unnoticed agency, charged with allocating funds for San Bernardino County transportation projects, is starting to attract attention because of a controversial proposal.

The Wednesday meeting of the agency, known as San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), actually had the rare unpleasantness of public attendees.

In response, some of the local officials, comprising the agency board, actually felt the need to be escorted to their vehicles by Sheriff’s Deputies.

Why you ask?

Following a lavish breakfast buffet, officials voted to put in motion a process to fleece county taxpayers.

Like thieves in the night, they’re coming for your pocket book.

San Bernardino County officials, not having enough money to throw around, want more of your dough to spend. So this new idea has been hatched.

That idea consists of restricting existing traffic lanes for the purpose of creating the county’s first-ever toll lanes. But the money being charged isn’t going to the purpose of building new toll lanes. But instead take away the one’s they just built.

SANBAG would then spend the toll money elsewhere in the High Desert.

The only problem? The lanes targeted for takeover have already been funded by voter-approved Measure I funds. Measure I is a half-cent county sales tax to fund transportation needs.

In other words, Inland Empire commuters that can afford extra tolls will have a faster commute to work. The less fortunate will have a longer drive in heavier traffic, since the once-available lanes they are already paying for will be unavailable to them.

The Press-Enterprise ran a story this week. But they couldn’t properly explain what’s happening. What a shock!

For the purposes of this proposal, construction of the lanes means installing the traffic controls (lines and lane separations), not building new lanes.

People involved in this should be ashamed of themselves.

The cities of Chino and Fontana voted against the proposal. Loma Linda officials are reportedly mulling opposition as well.