Happy New Year from SoCal Works
Throughout 2017, the Southern California Partnership for Jobs (SCPFJ) worked tirelessly to improve infrastructure funding and create career construction jobs in the Southern California region.
Southern California faced many infrastructure challenges in 2017:
- CA’s 2017 Highway Repair Bill is Highest in Two Decades
- SoCal Tops List of Most-Traveled Structurally Deficient Bridges
- 93 CA Dams Need Reassessment Before Flood Season
- Los Angeles is the World’s Most Traffic-Clogged City
- America’s Infrastructure Still Rates No Better Than D+
SCPFJ took action. During 2017, we:
- Continued our outreach to educate the public and our elected officials of the critical need to continuously invest in our infrastructure
- Supported the passage of SB 1. The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 invests $54B over the next decade to fix California’s roads, freeways and bridges.
- Joined a broad coalition of labor, construction, business, local governance, agriculture and water organizations to support the Cadiz Water Project
- Advocated for expanded access to Construction career training and apprenticeship programs
The region also witnessed some notable funding success stories in 2017:
- SB 1 Funding Helps Caltrans Advance Over $5B in ‘Fix-it-First’ Projects
- Riverside County gets $152M Build America Loan for I-15 Project
- OCTA Approves $1.2B Budget for Transportation Solutions
- Measure M Funds $1.5B L.A. Metro Gold Line Extension
- Orange County Completes $663M Bridges Project
As we embark on a new year, we thank you for joining our cause and supporting our efforts. We look forward to your continued support in 2018 and the years to come. And, as always, we encourage you to raise awareness among others by sharing our website and social media site — and to take action by contacting your elected representatives to prompt them to ensure proper funding for infrastructure needs as an investment in our collective future.
On behalf of all at SCPFJ, we wish you and your family a happy and productive New Year.