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City and County Officials, Legislators and Leaders from Caltrans, Business and Labor Come Together to Highlight Important SB 1 Investments in Northern and Southern California

May 21, 2018
Four press conferences have been held statewide in the past week to showcase the transportation improvement projects being funded through SB 1.
 
Monday’s press conference in San Leandro followed similar events on May 18 in San Diego and Los Angeles and on May 14 in Rancho Cordova in the Sacramento Region.
 
IMG_0104-cropped-smaller.jpgWith construction set to begin on the first major project funded through SB 1, a parking lot near where work will happen on Interstate 880 was the setting of another of the series of statewide press conferences focused on the value SB 1 revenues are bringing to California.

Construction has started on the $70 million project to repave I-880 from High Street in Oakland to the Fremont-Alvarado Niles Interchange in Union City. I-880 is the main north-south commute route in the East Bay and the main route in and out of the Port of Oakland.
 
The press conference in San Leandro on Monday, May 21 featured champions of SB 1 from local government, state government, transit, labor and business.
 
San Leandro Vice Mayor Deborah Cox spoke on behalf of cities.

“Thanks to SB 1, more than half of all new revenues go directly to cities and counties to make local improvements. For the first time in a long time, cities like San Leandro and our neighborhoods in Oakland, Hayward, all of those along the I-880 corridor, can address the needs in their local communities,” said Vice Mayor Cox.
 
Additional speakers at the San Leandro press conference included:
  • Brian Annis, secretary, California State Transportation Agency;
  • Laurie Berman, director, Caltrans;
  • Elsa Ortiz, board president, AC Transit;
  • Art Dao, executive director, Alameda County Transportation Commission and chair, the Land Use and Infrastructure Committee for the East Bay Economic Development Alliance;
  • James Libby, Golden Gate Division assistant chief, California Highway Patrol; and
  • Mark Kyle, directcor of government affairs and public relations, Operating Engineers Local No. 3.
San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter joined Vice Mayor Cox for the press conference.
 
Friday Press Conferences in Southern California

Simultaneously in Los Angeles and San Diego on Friday morning, representatives from local government, Caltrans, business groups, transit agencies, and public safety held events to showcase SB 1 funded projects that are improving road safety, increasing transit options and supporting a strong economy. 
The May 18 press conferences followed the event on May 14 in Rancho Cordova that brought together leaders in the Sacramento region to talk about SB 1 and road safety investments.
 
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke on behalf of cities at the event held in LA’s historic Union Station. “We won’t settle for a California that crumbles,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Here in Los Angeles we love SB 1 because Angelenos want a city that works, a city that moves, so we can have a better future.”Mayor-Eric-Garcetti-smaller.jpg
 
The Los Angeles press conference focused on several transit projects in that region, including the extension of the Green Line. Participants also spoke about how SB 1 is being used in the region for highway maintenance, future SHOPP and other competitive programs that will address freight and congestion. The press conference coincided with the start of the Mobility 21 conference, which is California’s largest one-day transportation conference and expo.
 
Joining Mayor Garcetti at the podium were a number of other leaders including:
  • Phil Washington, CEO, Metro;
  • Brian Annis, secretary, California State Transportation Agency;
  • Warren Stanley, commissioner, California Highway Patrol;
  • Hasan Ikhrata, CEO, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG);
  • Jose Mejia, director, California State Council of Laborers; and
  • Robbie Hunter, president, State Building and Construction Trades Council of California.
In San Diego, several SB 1 funded projects are already under construction, including $700 million project led by Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to reduce congestion along the North Coast Corridor of Interstate 5. The project will extend carpool lanes in each direction from Encinitas to State Route 78, replace highway and rail bridges, restore the San Elijo Lagoon, double-track the rail line at the San Elijo Lagoon, and build 10 miles of new bike and pedestrian trails.
 
Council-Member-Geogette-Gomez-smaller-(1).jpgThe San Diego press conference on May 18 brought together leaders in Balboa Park, adjacent to the I-5 freeway, to highlight SB 1 investments in the region. San Diego Council Member Georgette Gomez and Encinitas Council Member Tony Kranz spoke on behalf of cities. They, along with other speakers, emphasized how vital SB 1 is to the entire region.
 
“SB 1 provides every local community in this region needed funding to pave streets and roads,” said San Diego City Council Member Georgette Gomez, chair of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System and SANDAG board member.

Other speakers included:
  • Laurie Berman, director, Caltrans;
  • Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego);
  • Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego);
  • Assembly Member Todd Gloria (D-San Diego);
  • Greg Cox, supervisor, San Diego County;
  • Rafael Castellanos, chair/commissioner, Port of San Diego;
  • Christine Kehoe, commissioner, California Transportation Commission;
  • Jim Abele, chief, California Highway Patrol;
  • Encinitas Council Member Tony Kranz, board member, North County Transit District; and
  • Duane Friel, Operating Engineers, Local 21.
Standing with the speakers at the podium were other SB 1 supporters including:
  • Serge Dedina, council member, Imperial Beach;
  • Ed Spriggs, council member, Imperial Beach; and
  • Mark West, council member, Imperial Beach.  


 
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