Let’s generate some jobs

California’s transportation infrastructure is crumbling. According to the 2011 Statewide Transportation Needs Assessment, the cost to preserve and rehabilitate the state’s transportation system between 2011 and 2020 is approximately $341.1 billion. Over the same period, the cost of system management and expansion projects is estimated at $197 billion.

The California Transportation Commission also reported in 2011 that there are $10.8 billion in unmet transportation infrastructure needs in San Diego County, and $9.1 billion in Riverside County. We simply don’t have the money to maintain and rebuild California’s transportation infrastructure. Yet we are planning to spend at least $67 billion on a high speed rail project few will use.

Consequently, I have joined my Republican colleagues to reaffirm our commitment to putting California Jobs First by investing in transportation infrastructure projects that will create up to 108,000 new jobs statewide. Under this proposal, the voters will be asked to reconsider the fate of high-speed rail; should the funds continue to be wasted on creating a legacy for Governor Brown, or should they be used to build and repair highways, bridges and ports?

Our proposal makes lemonade out of lemons by taking money slated to be wasted and using it to rebuild California’s transportation network. By re-directing high-speed rail funds to more pressing infrastructure needs and by dedicating gas tax dollars to state and local transportation projects as originally intended, we will reinvigorate our weak economy, reduce congestion and create jobs.

By Calif. State Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R-75th District)

16 Responses to "Let’s generate some jobs"

  1. Ray (the real one)   February 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm


    Common sense in a land of clowns ….. (demmies)

  2. Redneck Willy   February 20, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Sounds good in theory but the bottom line is that the super majority party in charge will not allow what is good for California to actually be passed. They have their own agenda and what you are pushing is not on their agenda nor does it pad their wallets. Infrastructure building and repair is not green business so it is off the table.

    California would have to give up all those high paying green jobs to accomplish this. You know, the commission only door to door solar sales jobs. Right.

  3. Draper   February 21, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Californians are modern day Easter Islanders… exhausting all their financial resources to the point that there will soon be none left. I suppose they can soon begin frantically carving giant Obama heads pointed toward Washington in the futile hope that the One will miraculously rescue them from themselves.

  4. B 52   February 21, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Does this woman actually do anything other than run her mouth?

  5. Lee   February 24, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    That’s the spirit, Marie! Let’s keep on pourin’ money on projects of the past while danglin’ the almighty jobs carrot in front of people’s noses. What we as a society should have done DECADES ago was to invest in SERIOUS public transportation that the whole world enjoys and benefits from. Instead, we keep on investing in 140-years old technology which is a short-term and ecologically-devastating "solution." We can literally take a monorail from our car or hotel at Disneyland but cannot do so in real life. And this in the most technologically-advanced nation on earth! Pathetic. It is because of backward-thinking politicians like you why this is so. If you want to be a REAL leader, propose public transportation on a mass scale which is what we desperately need. Yes, yes, the ill-timed high speed rail project that is being built in these tough economic times and in "never never" land, i.e., relatively desolate Central Valley, instead of the much needed routes between SoCal and NorCal, basically guarantees public denouncement of public transportation. (Just what the Big 3 and oil companies want, of course.)

    Thank you, Marie, for writing your Op-Eds. WE, THE PEOPLE shall vote accordingly.

  6. Really?   February 25, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    We don

  7. FR86   February 26, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    The assembly women has put the cart before the horse………

    She needs to go through some of the industrial areas and see the vacant buildings for lease as well as the shuttered older facilities, for that matter she also needs to consider the major businesses that are relocating out of the state and why, namely over regulation, fees and taxes. The focus of the legislature should be to create an environment that lures business and industry to the state, that will create revenue needed to support an infrastructure.

    What good will a transportation system be that takes you from one underutilized business/industrial area to another.

    Business creates jobs not the government

  8. DA truf   February 28, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Congratulations goes out to the Siemens-Cummins JV for winning the contract to build the first generation of high speed locomotives in Sacramento. This will help create many, many good paying, highly skilled jobs and I am sure the community of Sacramento and surrounding areas all thank you. Also, good luck in your bid with CA HSR to build the next generation HS electric locomotives which will travel 220 mph.

    "Siemens has built diesel-powered locomotives in Europe, but not in the U.S. where it supplies electric-powered high-speed locomotives for Amtrak’s northeast corridor service. Siemens turned to Cummins, which specializes in diesel engines for trucks and power generators, to make the diesel engines for its locomotives. Siemens will assemble the high-speed diesel locomotives at a plant in Sacramento, Calif., while Cummins will build the engines in Seymour, Ind.",

  9. FR86   March 5, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I am firmly convinced that the Assemblymember never reads our comments………………..

    So of says something about our elected leaders doesn’t it.


  10. pinkpanther   March 5, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    California Governor Jerry Brown will need to take a much tougher approach with his opponents this time around after he is elected to his fourth term.

    Italy: In January, three members of the movement against the high-speed train line were ordered by a court to pay close to 200,000 euros ($A310,400) in damages for blocking construction work. Leader Beppe Grillo and several other radical activists attempting to halt construction of the high speed rail project were sentenced to between 4 and 9 months.

  11. FR86   March 6, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Please, not another term of Moonbeam. We’ve already turned into a 3rd world republic.

    FR 86

  12. Mike W   March 13, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Dear congress woman, what makes think a new high speed rail system will not, as you say, "reinvigorate our weak economy, reduce congestion and create jobs. After all, it will be red blooded Americans not little folks from outer space building the darn thing. I am sure if it was a republican trying to push this through you would be all for it. You say you are a Republican, you are not, so get a grip will ya?

    Real Republicans would not fight this, but they would make darn sure every penny would be spent wisely and appropriately.
    Oh how I miss the real Republicans of my fathers day, they still exist but they are drowned out by the more vocal fanatics and idiotic tea party type who are being used by the the koch brother and special interests to pass laws in their own self interests.
    Everyday you hear someone complaining about Obama and the Democrats wanting to redistribute the wealth like one lady who said she works too hard for her money to let Obama and the democrats take her money and give it to lazy bums. I tried to tell her that no one wanted take her money, they only wanted multi billionaires to pay their fare share in taxes. Of course that made no difference, being a devoted Fox viewer, she just walked away saying, yeah Well what about Michelle Obama wearing $17,000 tennis shoes.. (at least a 300% exaggeration) who cares, The first lady is not getting any money from any salary from us, she can spend her money any way she wants…

  13. Ray (the real one)   March 13, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Love to see the unemployment numbers for January 2015. Lot`s of democrats will be unemployed.

    And no Monday morning quarter backing………. get it?

  14. Really?   March 17, 2014 at 10:21 am

    For a number of rational reasons, the high speed rail is a bad idea. Just look to its use in Europe. Every country it travels through contributes, and its still deeply in the RED…. And if they properly charged average rail users, costs would be so prohibitive usage would dramatically drop off. So, they use huge government subsidies, that governments can NOT afford. High speed rail transportation is NOT a right, but a luxury that doesn’t have enough users, and average Joe CA citizen not only can NOT afford to use it, he tends to prefer his car, despite operational costs. The more germane issue though, the State of California’s RED INK says it surely can’t afford such a rail system. The undertaking is ludicrous. It should be considered when CA is completely out of the red and economically healthy. Sadly, however, if Progressive Liberals and Democrats keep running this state "into red ink ground", that will never be realized.

  15. FR86   March 19, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I read something today on Fox news from John Stoessel regarding the complexity of laws and regulations that make it difficult to start a business and thereby create jobs. There are 170,000 pages of federal regulations on record, so many that not even all the lawyers in the country know or understand them all……….THATS NUTS!!!!!!!!

    Stoessel has created a rule to address this problem. It goes something like this………For every new law that our "legislators" come up with they must rescind or abolish 5.

    Now ,that’s a start at cleaning up the mess that we all have to live in created by our lawmakers. Assemblywoman Waldron why don’t you be the one to start this…….that would indeed be leadership that we all can support!!!

  16. non denominational Andy   March 19, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Waldron spends too much time pushing her fundamentalist religion. She’s not interested in job creation unless it involves building more churches


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