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OCBC commends Gov. Brown’s commitment to water, transportation

IRVINE, CA — Today Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, Orange County Business Council, was elected to Chair of the California Transportation Commission. While Bob Alvarado, Executive Officer, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, was elected as Vice-Chair. Currently serving in their second and third terms as commissioners, respectively, Dunn and Alvarado bring a wealth of experience to the positions and are steadfast advocates for increasing efficiency and investment in construction, management, and maintenance of the state’s infrastructure system.

“California’s economic prosperity relies on a well-maintained and well-funded transportation system,” Dunn said. “As the world becomes increasing interconnected, the ability to efficiently and effectively move people and goods is more important than ever before, and remains a top priority for the business community.  I am honored to serve as Chair and look forward to continuing the good work already being done to implement innovative, sustainable solutions that will move California’s economy through the 21st century and provide a high quality of life for all who live here.”

Alvarado was first appointed to the state commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 and again in 2010, and by Governor Jerry Brown in 2014. While Dunn was first appointed by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2008, and by Governor Brown in 2012. During this time, the CTC has successfully implemented policies on the local, regional and statewide level to strengthen public-private partnerships, design-build project delivery, and streamline of transportation funding programs that help create jobs and improve the state’s economy.

Dunn is committed to implementation of the state’s planning law, SB 375, requiring thoughtful planning of housing and transportation together at the local level, as well as the success of SB 1077, the state’s recently approved pilot program to test road usage charges as a substitute to the ineffective gas tax for funding future transportation projects across the state.

Dunn has been President and CEO of OCBC since 2005 and was previously Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development from 2004 to 2005. She served as a member of the Green Building Code Advisory Committee of the California Building and Standards Commission.  In 2010, South Coast AQMD appointed her to its Small Business and Local Government Advisory Committee, and in 2011 to its Advisory Committee to develop the Air Quality Management Plan for the basin. Dunn is an attorney admitted to practice before the California State Bar, the federal bar and the U.S. Supreme Court.

As Executive Officer of the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, which represents over 35,000 men and women in carpentry and related crafts, Alvarado has negotiated four multi-year Carpenters Master Agreements for Northern California. He led the creation of the Basic Crafts Workers Compensation Fund, an insurance program that utilizes Alternative Dispute Resolution to improve service to workers and reduce costs to employers of Carpenters, Laborers and Operating Engineers. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the Corporate Board for the Carpenters’ Funds Administrative Office, overseeing combined assets of over 3½ Billion Dollars. Previously, he was a member of the board of the State Compensation Insurance Fund, and the Contractor’s State License Board.

About OCBC:
Orange County Business Council is the leading voice of business in Orange County, California. OCBC represents and promotes the business community, working with government and academia, to enhance Orange County’s economic development and prosperity in order to preserve a high quality of life. OCBC serves member and investor businesses with nearly 250,000 employees and 2,000,000 worldwide. In providing a proactive forum for business and supporting organizations, OCBC helps assure the financial growth of America’s sixth largest county. For more information, visit www.ocbc.org
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Posted on January 6, 2015

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