Sacramento, CA –Today, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Transportation, unveiled legislation to provide much-needed transportation funding for California.
AB 1591 will raise over $7 billion annually and fund two major initiatives: trade corridor improvements and road maintenance and rehabilitation. "California must invest in its trade corridors if we hope to develop and sustain economic vitality. Manufacturers and farmers want to be able to move their goods to market and AB 1591 will provide the investments we need to ensure that they can," stated Frazier.
Newport Beach, CA –This week, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) was honored with the 2015 Sisyphus Award at the Self-Help Counties Coalition’s (SHCC) "Focus on the Future" Conference in Newport Beach.
“I am honored to accept the second annual Sisyphus Award from the SHCC,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “Self-help counties are integral in creating safe and cutting edge transportation solutions for California. As Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, I will continue to bolster self-help counties so that they can advance their innovative methods to improve our state’s transportation infrastructure.”
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) fought for three years to get Assembly Bill 935 – which allows United States military service members to apply for a California driver’s license or ID card with a “Veteran” designation – signed into law. Now it’s the law and that’s good news for veterans. “With the growing population of veterans returning to California, it is our responsibility to help make sure they are well-equipped to integrate back into civilian life,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “Assembly Bill 935 helps us fulfill that pledge to our veterans. Proof of military service is now literally at the individual’s fingertips, which will help ensure that California veterans are receiving all the benefits and services they’re rightfully entitled to.” Learn more about the new Veteran ID law in this Assembly Access video.
Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1369, an important piece of legislation by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) aimed at helping identify dyslexic children in California public schools.
“I applaud the Governor for signing AB 1369 into law,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “AB 1369 received strong bipartisan support in the Legislature because it provides an important first step in addressing a new model that facilitates learning for all students, particularly that of students with learning disabilities.”
SAN BERNARDINO >> Maintaining and enhancing deteriorating roadways to accommodate growth and the trucking industry’s concerns over regulations to reduce air pollution were among the issues raised Friday at a transportation summit here at the historic Santa Fe Depot.
Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, said she has introduced legislation, awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature, that would provide funding that could build toll lanes on the 10 and 15 freeways to help ease traffic and allow better flow for commercial trucking.
Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley), Chair of the Assembly Transportation and Infrastructure Development Committee in the Governor's Special Session, conducted the first special hearing to examine the efficiency of California’s goods movement and its impact on the economy.
“California's freight mobility system is the heart and soul of our economy,” said Frazier. “Our access points to land, air and sea ports are vital international commercial gateways that are responsible for the more than $500 billion in products entering and exiting the United States each year. Governor Brown’s executive order highlights the critical need to increase efficiency in goods movement so that we can remain relevant and competitive. This hearing provides a forum for the Legislature, industries and stakeholders to come together and address key issues surrounding goods movement activities and their effect on infrastructure, communities, jobs and the economy.”
OAKLAND—Declaring the urgent need to keep California moving, Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and a large coalition of local government officials, business leaders and transportation advocates today provided an update on the Legislature’s special session on transportation infrastructure. They emphasized the reasons why new infrastructure funding is vital to the state.
“California cannot have a strong middle class or a thriving economy if our roads are congested and people and goods aren’t moving efficiently,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “That’s why in the special session, I am hopeful we can set aside rigid ideology and consider serious proposals that provide a new, fair funding stream that benefits all California communities.”
Sacramento, CA – Today, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) participated in a Senate informational hearing to examine the effectiveness of Governor Brown’s revised tunnel infrastructure plan, California Water Fix.
“California Water Fix is Governor Brown’s third attempt to establish an unsustainable water conveyance plan for California,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “The Administration’s literal ‘tunnel vision’ has forced this proposal back to the drawing board several times, yet the glaring deficiencies in transparency, accountability, and public oversight still remain. The Assembly and Senate have conducted multiple hearings to ensure that the tough questions and onerous details of this plan do not go unchecked. If California is to consider the implementation of such a large-scale project, it is critical that the Legislature insert itself in this process by carefully tracking and reviewing the proposal from all angles.”
Desert Center, CA – Assemblymember Transportation Committee Chair Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) today toured the I-10 Tex Wash Bridge to see first-hand the devastation caused by recent flooding. He issued the following statement:
“Seeing the devastation to the Tex Wash Bridge up close drives home the need for continued infrastructure inspection and improvement. The I-10 is a major goods movement corridor. With nearly 40 percent of goods shipped through the country using this route, it is imperative that we do what it takes to keep our highways safe and trade corridors open.”
Sacramento, CA –Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) has been appointed by Speaker Toni Atkins (D – San Diego) to chair the Assembly Transportation and Infrastructure Development Committee.
"I am honored that Speaker Atkins has appointed me to chair the Assembly Transportation and Infrastructure Development Committee, as a part of the special session called by Governor Brown last week. I applaud the Governor and the Legislature for coming together and seeking a long-term sustainable funding solution for transportation, particularly his focus on highway maintenance and trade corridors. I am also pleased that the Governor is specifically asking the Legislature for a plan that establishes clear performance objectives and the means to deliver transportation projects more quickly and efficiently.
I have been working for months with industry representatives on these issues, and I look forward to engaging in a very productive special session that will address California's most pressing transportation needs."