We need a gas tax replacement

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,...

16 wishes for our state and county in 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...

Both Sides Are Right on Transportation. Let’s Find a Deal

To the outside, a deal may appear elusive on transportation funding this session. Republicans are intent on using existing funding and demand accountability reforms. Democrats want new funding while also agreeing that accountability reforms are necessary. Both sides are right. It’s time to make a deal. Before...

Fixing our roads requires both reforms and revenue

The California Legislature returned to Sacramento last week with a “to do list” that includes a special session called by Gov. Jerry Brown to address the growing road repair and maintenance backlog – ranked second worse in the country, according to some. The Register’s Aug....

Be careful on sweeping climate change bill

Before leaving Sacramento, lawmakers may enact a bill that could determine the fate of California’s efforts to reduce poverty, build sustainable communities and slow climate change for the next 35 years. Senate Bill 32 would require the state Air Resources Board to regulate a reduction in greenhouse...

It’s time to pivot the discussion on I-405 toll lanes

There's no doubt that I-405 is one of the most congested freeways in the nation.  If you totaled the populations of Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach and Westminster, it would not equal the number of travelers on average using that corridorevery day from all over...

Don’t mess with Ex-Im success!

Question:  What 80-year old government entity helps U.S. businesses create jobs, compete globally, and make a profit for taxpayers? Answer:  "Ex-Im"-the biggest little competitive advantage you may have never heard of. "Ex-Im" stands for The Export-Import Bank of the United States.  It is the official export credit agency...

Gender wage gap issues are multi-faceted, but real

The OC Register editorial “Solution in search of a problem” April 8, 2014 is way off the mark and not worthy of this board’s usual good work. California women are responsible for the economic security of their families. In the U.S., mothers are primary or sole...