Re: SB 1 (Beall) - Transportation Funding - Oppose Unless Amended
Dear Chairman Beall,
The undersigned organizations have a strong interest in how California invests federal and state transportation dollars, and our coalition has actively participated in the transportation funding dialogue throughout the last two years. We will support a proposal that includes the five recommendations we outline in principle below, and hope to work with your staff and other transportation stakeholders to craft those solutions. However, since we have not made progress toward those amendments to date, we regretfully oppose Senate Bill 1 at this time.
We appreciate the importance of maintaining our road infrastructure, and the urgency to find a funding solution as maintenance costs continue to climb. We also support your proposal for up to $150 million to the Active Transportation Program and 3.5 percent diesel sales tax to State Transit Assistance. In addition, we support investments to electrify freight trucks and equipment and reduce burdens on communities by the goods movement sector as proposed in SB 4, and want to see those provisions accompany additional infrastructure investment to the Trade Corridor Improvement Fund.
However, we still strongly believe that funding for our roads must be balanced with investments in a future transportation system that protects our environment, promotes social and economic justice, and improves our communities. We request amendments to address the following:
1. Advance social and economic justice by ensuring that significant investments from this package--not only from the ATP or GGRF programs--provide meaningful benefits for low income communities and people of color who are disproportionately in need of greater mobility, pay more than their fair share of the regressive taxes proposed, and bear the brunt of the health and safety impacts of our transportation system.
2. Dramatically increase sustainable funding for operating public transit and reducing fares, to provide high-quality, efficient transit service especially for low-income individuals and families.
3. Align transportation investments with federal, health-based clean air and our 2030 and 2050 climate standards by prioritizing projects that reduce vehicle miles traveled, while also improving air quality, physical health, and access for those without a car. Any funding that could potentially expand freeways or add new road capacity must be tracked and mitigated with projects that contribute to attainment of our air quality and climate standards.
4. Increase Expertise and Accountability at the California Transportation Commission, which is responsible for oversight and approval of federal and state transportation dollars, and advises the Legislature on transportation policy. Future appointees to the Commission should be required to have expertise in social equity, climate change, and sustainable transportation.
5. Oppose any rollback of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which improves project outcomes and reduces environmental impacts of projects, by offering opportunities to inform the public about project benefits and for the public to inform the project.
Including these five reforms will ensure progress toward a transportation system that provides clean, affordable access to opportunity for all Californians, and that makes our communities healthy and safe places to live and work while addressing air quality and climate change. We look forward to working with your staff and other transportation stakeholders to find compromise on our concerns.
National & Statewide
Policy Director California Bicycle Coalition
Executive Director California Walks
State Policy Director TransForm
Associate Director ClimatePlan
Policy Advocate Sierra Club California
California Senior Policy Manager Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH
Director Center for Climate Change and Health, Public Health Institute
Sr Government Relations Manager The Trust For Public Land
Managing Attorney Public Advocates Inc.
Legislative Advocate, Planning & Conservation League
Angela Glover Blackwell
Laura R. Cohen, J.D.
Director, Western Region Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
LA Urban Solutions Coordinator Natural Resources Defense Council
Policy Director Coalition for Clean Air
Executive Director Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
Co-Director California Environmental Justice Alliance
Senior Director, Air Quality and Climate Change American Lung Association in California
Phoebe Seaton & Veronica Garibay
Co-Directors Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability
Manal J. Aboelata, MPH
Managing Director Prevention Institute
Legislative Affairs Manager California League of Conservation Voters
Benjamin D. Winig
Vice President, Law & Policy ChangeLab Solutions
Associate Director Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP)
A Project of the Public Health Institute
Orson Aguilar, President
The Greenlining Institute
President Gamaliel of California
LA County & Inland Valley
Executive Director Investing in Place
Policy & Communications Director Move LA
Tamika L. Butler, Esq.
Executive Director Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
Policy Advocate/Specialist Center for Community Action & Environmental Justice (CCAEJ)
Associate Director Climate Resolve
Policy & Program Manager Los Angeles Walks
Project Coordinator Walk Long Beach
Managing Director Amigos de Los Rios
Research & Policy Analyst East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice
Project Director Bike San Gabriel Valley
San Joaquin Valley
Rev. Earl W. Koteen
Member, Coor Cmte Sunflower Alliance
Kevin D. Hamilton
CEO Central California Asthma Collaborative
Katelyn Roedner Sutter
Environmental Justice Program Manager Catholic Charities, Diocese of Stockton
Sopac McCarthy Mulholland
President and CEO Sequoia Riverlands Trust
Program Director Cultiva la Salud
Executive Director Centro la Familia
Executive Director Valley LEAP
Sacramento & North State
Executive Director WALKSacramento
Deputy Director Redwood Community Action Agency
Neil Davis, RN PHN
Director Walk & Bike Mendocino
Anne Wallach Thomas
Director Shasta Living Streets
President Capital Region Organizing Project
Executive Director The Arc of California
Policy & Advocacy Campaign Director Urban Habitat
Executive Director Marin County Bicycle Coalition
Executive Director Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition
Executive Director Walk San Francisco
Advocacy Director Bike East Bay
Board Member Walk Oakland Bike Oakland
Executive Director San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
Alvaro Palacios Casanova
Environmental Scientist and Strategist Center for Environmental Health
Eddie H. Ahn
Executive Director Brightline Defense
Executive Director Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County
Executive Board Member San Francisco Transit Riders
President North Bay Organizing Project
Rev. Hubert Ivery
Core Member Albany Strollers & Rollers
Founder Pathway's to Right-of-Way's Inc.
Research Director Environmental Health Coalition
James D. Stone
Executive Director Circulate San Diego
Executive Director Climate Action Campaign
Executive Director San Diego County Bicycle Coalition
Randy Van Vleck
Active Transportation Manager City Heights Community Development Corp.
President Justice Overcoming Boundaries
Executive Director Bike SLO County
Advocacy Associate Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition
President Coalition for Sustainable Transportation
Executive Director Bike Santa Cruz County
Chair Campaign for Sensible Transportation
Coordinator Mission: Pedestrian
Family Coordinator A to Z Families for Safe Streets