The local officials spoke about the fact that without a decision by the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown to dedicate more funding to transportation, other critically important transportation projects could languish.
California motorists today annually spend $762 just to fix repairs caused by poor road conditions. The deferred maintenance on the state highway system is pegged at $59 billion. The funding shortfall to maintain the existing local streets and roads system is $78 billion. The CTC’s defunding of projects
through the California State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) in the coming five years will only add to the transportation infrastructure crisis.
Friday’s news conference in Riverside County at the I-10/Jefferson interchange improvement project in Indio included a large group of stakeholders who told reporters first-hand about the dire condition of the roads as well as the types of jobs created with funded transportation projects.
League President and Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael was among the city officials at the podium. “What’s needed is a long term, stable funding source for transportation,” said Michael. “We need the legislature and Governor Brown to vote on a package of bills that will bring that that stable funding to the Coachella Valley and to cities and counties throughout California.”
President Michael was also joined by:
- Indio Mayor Glenn Miller;
- Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley;
- El Centro Council Member and Southern California Association of Governments President Cheryl Viegas-Walker, El Centro;
- Coachella Mayor Steve Hernandez;
- Indian Wells Mayor Dana Reed;
- Palm Desert Mayor Pro Tem Jan Harnik
- Indian Wells Council Member Doug Hanson
- Southern California Partnership Executive Director John Hakel; and
- Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington.
Additional news conferences throughout California may be planned in the coming weeks. The League will update members with new information.