Tuesday, April 19, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California lawmakers have rejected legislation that would have added protections for water contractors in a massive project to ship water from Northern to Southern California through a pair of twin tunnels.

AB2583 by Assemblyman Jim Frazier, a Democrat from Oakley, could have delayed Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15.7 billion water tunnel project by requiring more extensive environmental review.

Monday, March 28, 2016

About half of the funding needed to build an initial operating segment of California's bullet train faces legal, political and financial risks, state analysts told an Assembly hearing Monday — although officials expressed confidence that they could navigate any pitfalls.

"We have to go into this with our eyes wide open," said committee chairman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley). "Proceeding with this project will not be for the faint-hearted."

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The chairman of the state Assembly’s Transportation Committee visited Fresno and Madera this week to get a firsthand look at high-speed rail construction less than two weeks before he conducts hearings on a new business plan for the passenger-train system.

“Like many voters in California, I voted for this project,” Frazier said Wednesday afternoon as he watched work on the Tuolumne Street bridge. “As chairman of the Transportation Committee, I’ve come here to tour the facility to see progress. … We’re going to be looking, as an oversight component, at where high-speed rail is, how we can be of help, what are the roadblocks, and to make sure that what the people asked for in their vote is being accomplished.”

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley), who chairs the Assembly's Transportation Committee, introduced a bill Tuesday that would add one sitting legislator from each house as a non-voting member to the bullet train's existing nine member governing panel.

“It is the Legislature’s job to act in the interest of California’s residents and participate in conversations about a program of this size and complexity,” Frazier said in a written statement.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

FAIRFIELD — Sen. Lois Wolk and Assemblymen Jim Frazier and Bill Dodd were among 18 legislators who expressed concern Monday about Gov. Jerry Brown’s plans to dedicate $3.6 million in state funding to integrate the Delta tunnels proposal into the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan, the state’s management plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

“The Delta Stewardship Council needs to take an independent view of conveyance and the environmental impacts that will result from this project,” Frazier, D-Oakley, said in the release. “By failing to do so, we fail to ensure the Delta is protected.”
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

When the California Transportation Commission said last week that it planned to sharply reduce funding for transportation projects due to declining gas tax revenue, the resulting publicity served to reinforce Gov. Jerry Brown’s appeal for new taxes and fees to pay for road and highway work.

“Anytime you get close to an election, obviously there’s the anticipation that people will be a little bit squishy, right?” Frazier said. “But the longer we wait, the worse this situation gets ... I think common sense will prevail. I really do.”
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Faced with plummeting gasoline tax revenue, state transportation officials have announced plans to cut funding for road and transit projects by $754 million over the next five years, the greatest reduction in two decades.

Frazier, chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee, said the commission's action was "another sign that funding is not only inadequate, but continues to be taken away by past deals."

"This is our call to take the issue seriously and commit to protecting our infrastructure."