Thursday’s event in Bakersfield was the second of three being held by the Fix Our Roads
this week. Another will be held on Friday in Fresno.
Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-South Gate) set an April 6 deadline to pass a transportation funding package. The clock is ticking before the Legislature adjourns for its spring recess and the Fix Our Roads Coalition, of which the League is a founding member, is sending a clear message to Sacramento: “The longer they delay, the more we pay.”
This past winter 2017 showed once again how desperate California’s transportation infrastructure needs are as roads crumbled under the weight of heavy rains, mudslides and falling trees. The message came loud and clear that infrastructure must be regularly maintained to prevent small problems from becoming larger and more expensive to fix. For far too long, California has neglected regular road maintenance and upkeep, which is costing California drivers.
The Fix Our Roads Coalition did a live stream
of the event on Facebook.
The coalition supports a transportation funding package that would raise at least $6 billion annually. That is what is needed to begin to make a dent in the enormous backlog of transportation maintenance and improvement projects. At the same time, Fix Our Roads is also recommending accountability provisions to give taxpayers confidence that new revenues will be spent on transportation projects only. Sen. Jim Beall’s (D-San José) SB 1 and AB 1, a companion measure by Assembly Member Jim Frazier (D-Oakley), are both supported by Fix Our Roads.
Thursday’s speakers included:
- Arvin Mayor Jose Gurrola;
- Wasco Council Member Alex Garcia;
- Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez;
- Orville Thomas, director of Government Affairs, California Alliance for Jobs;
- John Spaulding, executive secretary of the Building and Construction Trades Council for Kern, Inyo, and Mono Counties; and
- Sharri Bender Ehlert, District 6 director, Caltrans.