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OCBC leads advocates for housing, infrastructure investment to CA capitol

OCBC led a delegation of 60 business and academic leaders to Sacramento last week for the first leg of its annual One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trips. While at the state capitol, OCBC met with numerous legislative and agency leaders to discuss the state’s infrastructure, housing, workforce development and general economic needs. OCBC and trip attendees stressed continuously throughout the meetings that in order for the state to meet its climate change goals, there needs to be a focus on adequate housing for residents, as well as an investment in transportation. Looking at the issues facing the state separately is not working, rather a holistic approach of considering an interconnected system between all of California’s needs is critical.
In a meeting with Secretary Matthew Rodriguez, California EPA, the Cap & Trade program was brought up, as well as the potential for a June decision on the direction of the program. Additionally, the secretary highlighted that his department is eager to work with the federal government, however, will do what is necessary to protect California’s stature a leader in the effort to reduce climate change.
Advocating for a transportation funding package is high on OCBC’s list of priorities and met with Secretary Brian Kelly, California Transportation Agency and Senator Jim Beall to advocate for SB 1, which moderately raises revenues while ensuring strict accountability spending measures.
AB 199 is also high on OCBC’s list of priorities as it seriously threatens housing production by expanding the reach of what is considered a public works project, and therefore what qualifies for prevailing wage. Attendees met with a staffer from AB199 author Assemblymember  Kansen Chu to voice concerns. Attendees further addressed the mission of increasing the supply and range of housing affordable to the workforce in a conversation with Senator Toni Atkins, who authored SB 2 and calls for a permanent source of funding for housing.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla addressed attendees on the need to reform and update the voting process, which he considers outdated, to a system where voters could cast their ballots anywhere in the county and mail ballots in easier.
OCBC thanks all of the officials for taking the time to meet and hear about the business issues, including State Controller Betty Yee; House Minority Leader Assemblymember Chad Mayes; Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, California State Treasurer John Chiang, Assemblymember Jim Cooper, Assemblymember David Chiu, and Senate Minority Leader Senator Jean Fuller. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs.

Posted on March 21, 2017

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