Opposition to Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher’s bid to overhaul the San Diego Association of Governments, AB 805, has until recently been pretty specific.
It takes power from small and rural cities and hands it to the large and urban ones. Unsurprisingly, leaders in the smaller and rural cities don’t like that so much.
The bill changes SANDAG’s voting structure, shifting to a more proportional vote and therefore increasing the power of large cities. It also adds an audit committee, allows the county’s two transit agencies to increase taxes themselves, and in a new addition, gives the agency a major incentive to sign labor-friendly contracts. In the months since it was introduced, it’s the provision on SANDAG’s voting structure that’s been the major topic of conversation.
But in recent weeks, a few new arguments have popped up.
One is the result of a new addition to the bill. Gonzalez Fletcher last month added a provision requiring the agency to use a “skilled and trained” workforce for large projects. It’s an increasingly common state requirement that a certain share of workers on a project graduate from state-approved apprentice programs.
In much of the state, that’s a de facto boon to labor, which in some areas are the only groups that operate such programs. In San Diego, though, the Associated General Contractors operates an especially large apprenticeship program, so qualified workers aren’t necessarily union workers.
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Comment:“…. allows the county’s two transit agencies to increase taxes themselves,… “We went back and looked at why Measure A failed, and one of the big problems was this hang-up on not having job quality language,” she said. …”
transit agencies to increase taxes" – really?
I thought referendums were to gauge public sentiment. Proposition A failed – who is Lorena representing in AB 805?
Measure A failed” – You can make any statement about cause and effect.
Measure A failed because citizens do not want governments taxing their income for forty years to pay off bonds for transportation projects not meeting immediate needs.
rewriting Measure A to raise new taxes and spend it on transportation infrastructure
as it becomes available (i.e. 100 percent applied to transportation rather than servicing bond debt).
Also rather than spend billions of dollars on a trolley line to ease the commute from Tijuana. Suggest money be spent to make the whole area more productive and reduce emissions by installing AI traffic lights (example).
“…Since Surtrac was first introduced in 2012, the Rapid Flow team estimates the AI stoplights have cut emissions by 21%, travel times by 25%, and idling times by 40%....”
Loony Lorena GOnzalez is bought and paid for by the labor unions. This bill is payback to them and nothing more. Being forced to use union labor (regardless if non union labor is more experienced, better quality and cheaper) will only continue to drive prices up. Gonzalez is clearly part of the problem.