By Dwane Brown
Members of a San Diego coalition promoting social justice took to the streets Tuesday in downtown San Diego, just outside the Metropolitan Transit System headquarters. They want MTS to run ads on its buses and trolleys encouraging people to vote on Nov. 4.
Alliance San Diego created non-partisan bus ads with the message, “Vote for San Diego,” with the date of the election as part of an effort to increase awareness about the election. But MTS has an advertising policy that prevents the group from placing ads on public transit.
Rob Schupp, director of marketing for MTS, said the transit agency has tightened its ad policy in the past couple of years. MTS ads are limited to a commercial service — things that can be bought, sold or leased.