Silicon Valley Leadership Group Stands with Governor Brown Announcing Consensus on State Transportation Investment Package
Wednesday, March 29 – The time for traffic relief, transit options and road repairs is now. That’s why the Silicon Valley Leadership Group has been working with Governor Brown’s Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Transportation Committee Chairs Jim Beall (Senate) and Jim Frazier (Assembly) for the past three years on specific elements of a statewide transportation measure. With pride, the Leadership Group stands shoulder-to-shoulder with our state leaders to urge the Legislature to pass consensus legislation for critically needed revenue, coupled with essential reforms, to fund California’s transportation systems throughout our state. “It’s time for a Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid moment – I’ll jump if you jump,” said Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino, who is also one of only nine gubernatorial appointees on the California Transportation Commission. “When it comes to transportation improvements, Democrats often call for additional revenue. Republicans often call for additional reforms. The fact is, we need both, and we need both sides of the aisle to recognize that reality and move this legislation to the Governor’s desk.”
The Leadership Group is a recognized leader in leading and funding local ballot measures to tax ourselves for countywide transportation improvements; most recently on November 8, 2016, with the passage of Santa Clara County’s “Measure B,” and Santa Cruz County’s “Measure D,” which passed by 71.74 percent and 67.77 percent of the vote respectively. Together, those two measures will generate more than $7 billion in local tax dollars for transportation improvements. However, we need strong state and federal partners to bridge a funding gap over the past few decades that have left our state highways and local streets in crumbling conditions. During the next two weeks, the Leadership Group will be almost singularly focused in meetings with members of the California Legislature – Assembly and Senate – to seek their support for this vital legislation.