The League and many cities have been actively lobbying this year for a significant investment in transportation infrastructure. With just eight weeks left until the legislature adjourns for the year, it is time for the Legislature and cities to act.
League staff continues to hear that legislators need to hear directly from their cities. In response, the League is requesting two immediate actions from cities:
- Pass a resolution urging the state to provide new sustainable funding for state and local transportation infrastructure.
- Provide the League a list of projects that could be funded by a new funding package.
In the future city officials will be hearing more about opportunities to talk about the needs of your city with legislators. Please stay tuned.
Cities Provide Lead Testimony on Need for Investment
Following the Governor’s Proclamation calling the special session on transportation, both the Senate and Assembly have held hearings to discuss the current conditions of highways, streets, and roads as well as the current funding structure. Local streets and roads received significant attention at both hearings.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo provided the opening testimony at the Senate Transportation Hearing, and received a very favorable response from committee members. Mayor Liccardo’s impactful testimony, which included information on the needs of his city and the needs of cities statewide, was followed by a spirited and lengthy discussion among legislators.
During the Assembly Transportation and Infrastructure Development Committee, League Staff Jennifer Whiting presented the findings of the Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment at the Assembly Transportation and Infrastructure Development Committee. Again, committee members expressed agreement that any package must include investment in the local system.