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When innovation, regulation collide

May 22, 2016

When the music industry transitioned from records to 8-track tape cassettes, to CDs and now to cloud-based music, did the government step in and add regulations to keep the status quo? No. We all transitioned with the technology and times to allow for growth and innovation. When the Austin City Council decided to set three …

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Deal with drought, or just keep suing?

March 31, 2016

A recent statewide public opinion survey found that Californians rank water supply and the drought as top concerns facing the state – above the economy, education, immigration and every other issue. We’ve responded by removing lawns and taking shorter showers – even praying for a robust El Niño – but it’s not enough. We need …

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Volunteers needed to test mileage fee system for road funding

February 5, 2016

I served this past year as chair of the California Transportation Commission, which is responsible for allocating funds for highway construction, passenger rail and transit improvements, active transportation such as walking and biking and a host of other mobility projects. A variety of financial indicators last month showed that the excise tax portion of the …

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We need a gas tax replacement

February 1, 2016

In its Jan. 28 editorial, “Going down wrong road on gas taxes,” the O.C. Register didn’t just choose the “wrong road,” but a path to a fiscal cliff. I serve as chair of the California Transportation Commission, which is responsible for allocating funds for highway construction, passenger rail and transit improvements, active transportation such as …

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16 wishes for our state and county in 2016

January 26, 2016

With January in full swing, here’s my “wish list” for enhancing Orange County’s economy for 2016. My dream year looks like this: • Statewide and local reforms return environmental laws, like CEQA, to their original intent in clearly protecting the environment instead of allowing them to be used as a special interest shakedown litigation tool. …

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