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California WaterFix Project – Support 4.6.18

April 6, 2018

Mr. Randy A. Record                                                 Mr. Jeffrey Kightlinger
Chairman                                                                     General Manager
MWD of Southern California                                   MWD of Southern California
700 Alameda St.                                                         700 Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012                                              Los Angeles, CA 90012

Re: California WaterFix Project Support 

Dear Mr. Record and Mr. Kightlinger:

On behalf of Inland Action, I am writing to express strong support for California WaterFix. Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region.  We must move this project forward to protect our water supply.​

Water is essential to our physical health and well-being – it’s our lifeblood and a fundamental need. While Southern Californians have the right to a clean, reliable and affordable water supply, the delivery system moving water to our region is old, vulnerable and in desperate need of improvement.

More than 30 percent of Southern California’s water supply comes from the Sierra Nevada mountains. Melted snow from these mountains provides the backbone water supply – along with good jobs and quality of life – for millions of people. With our largest and most affordable supply at risk, we need the reliability that California WaterFix will provide.

The project will modernize the State Water Project delivery system to ensure high-quality water from the Sierra Nevada mountains will continue to be delivered to Southern California for generations to come; while at the same time creating nearly 100,000 jobs and protecting the Southland’s trillion-dollar economy. What’s more, for ratepayers in Southern California, WaterFix is the most affordable solution.

We’re not alone in our support. There is strong backing for California WaterFix in the region.  Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of Southern California voters support the project, according to results released from a 2017 public opinion survey commissioned by the Southern California Water Coalition. Bottom line, California WaterFix is critical to ensure the safety, reliability and affordability of our state’s water supply.

We appreciate your consideration and leadership regarding this issue.

Sincerely,

Deborah Barmack

President

AB 2417 (Rodriguez) – Oppose Unless Amended 4.3.18

April 3, 2018

The Honorable Freddie Rodriguez
California State Assembly
State Capitol, Room 2188
Sacramento, CA   95814

RE:  AB 2417 (Rodriguez) – Oppose Unless Amended

Dear Assemblyman Rodriguez:

On behalf of Inland Action, this letter is to inform you of our position on AB 2417, which is to oppose unless amended.  Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Inland Southern California region.  While Inland Action supports the City of Montclair being added as a voting member to the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority (Authority), the Authority should also include the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) as an additional voting member.

Since the inception of this project, membership of the Authority has been amended to include those entities directly impacted by the project but should also include those responsible for funding and operation of the public transit system.  It is our understanding at the intent of AB 2417 is to recognize the City of Montclair’s vital role as the terminus station and as a regional transit hub for Gold Line service.  Inland Action supports the addition of the City of Montclair and the need for their voice as a voting member.

Unfortunately, AB 2417 does not provide SBCTA a voting seat on the Authority as an equally important funding agency.  SBCTA is responsible for providing $79 million toward construction of the project, as well as millions of dollars annually for ongoing operation of the future service.  The taxpayers of San Bernardino County deserve representation as a voting member of the Authority to ensure the funding contributed is used in a manner consistent with Measure I and that their interests are heard.

Inland Actions urges that AB 2417 be amended to convert the ex-officio seat SBCTA currently holds to a voting member of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority.  Feel free to contact us if you need any further information on our position.  We thank you for considering our position and hope that this amendment can be incorporated into the bill.

Sincerely,

Deborah Barmack

President

Governor’s proposed budget for the judiciary 3.21.18 ASM Weber

March 21, 2018

Assembly Member Shirley N. Weber
California Assembly Committee on Budget
Capitol Office, Room 3123
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA  94249-0079

 

Dear Assembly Member Weber:

This letter is to express Inland Action’s strong support for the Governor’s proposed budget for the judiciary.  Inland Action is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of business and community leaders dedicated to community betterment in the Inland Region of Southern California.

The Governor’s proposed budget will provide much needed funding for underfunded courts in California.  Inland Empire courts are the second and third most underfunded courts in the State, based on workload allocation.  San Bernardino County is at 76.9% of funding need, while some counties far exceed the 100% mark based on workload.  The Governor’s budget significantly assists in resolving these inequities.

Inland Action urges your support of the Governor’s proposed budget for the judiciary which, if approved, can begin to rectify the lack of access to justice that has existed for a number of years in the Inland counties of Southern California.  Your consideration of this request is sincerely appreciated.

Respectfully,

Deborah Barmack
President

Support proposed budget for the judiciary 3.21.18 Sen. Skinner

March 21, 2018

The Honorable Senator Skinner
California State Senate
Standing Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review
State Capitol, Room 2059
Sacramento, CA  95814

 

Dear Senator Skinner:

This letter is to express Inland Action’s strong support for the Governor’s proposed budget for the judiciary.  Inland Action is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of business and community leaders dedicated to community betterment in the Inland Region of Southern California.

The Governor’s proposed budget will provide much needed funding for underfunded courts in California.  Inland Empire courts are the second and third most underfunded courts in the State, based on workload allocation.  San Bernardino County is at 76.9% of funding need, while some counties far exceed the 100% mark based on workload.  The Governor’s budget significantly assists in resolving these inequities.

Inland Action urges your support of the Governor’s proposed budget for the judiciary which, if approved, can begin to rectify the lack of access to justice that has existed for a number of years in the Inland counties of Southern California.  Your consideration of this request is sincerely appreciated.

Respectfully,

Deborah Barmack
President

SUPPORT FOR APPOINTMENT OF JACK CLARKE, JR. TO UC BOARD OF REGENTS 3.9.18

March 9, 2018

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Office of the Governor
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: SUPPORT FOR APPOINTMENT OF JACK CLARKE, JR. TO UC BOARD OF REGENTS

Dear Governor Brown,

The members of Inland Action unconditionally support the application of Jack Clarke, Jr. to serve on the University of California Board of Regents.

A partner with the highly regarded law firm of Best Best & Krieger, Mr. Clarke specializes in Education Law and Litigation. He has over 30 years of extensive educational, professional and community experience.  Mr. Clarke holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, obtained after graduating from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Science degree in Administrative Studies. In his law practice, he is heavily involved with litigation concerning civil disputes, education law, special education disputes, public agency litigation, as well as other substantial litigation matters within the Inland Southern California region.

Mr. Clarke has played a meaningful role in advocating on behalf of education issues by frequently speaking on education law matters at regional and state-wide venues, such as the California Association of School Administrators Annual Symposium. He has received awards which include the California Association of Leadership Programs Award for Distinguished Leadership, the Sam Walton Award for contributions to the community, and was twice acknowledged as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in California by California Law Business Magazine.

His well-rounded work within the community highlights his consistent commitment to service and the public good, which we believe translates very well to serving the students, faculty, and staff of the University of California system.

For these reasons and more, we believe that Mr. Clarke will be a valuable asset and contributor to the work of the Board of Regents of the University of California, as well as an effective representative from the region. It is our hope that you will seriously consider him for an appointment to the Board of Regents.

We appreciate your consideration.

Sincerely,

Carole Beswick, CEO

Letter in Support of Dignity Health Merger 3.6.18

March 6, 2018

 

Mr. Xavier Becerra
Attorney General
California Department of Justice
P.O. Box 944255
Sacramento, CA   94244-2550

 

Dear Attorney General Becerra:

On behalf of Inland Action, this letter is to express support for the combination of Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) to create a new organization.  Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region.

Dignity Health has been providing health care services to the people of California since 1856. Over that time Dignity Health has become the State’s largest provider of Medi-Cal services, roughly 10%, and is an anchor institution for many in California.  It is a critical part of the State’s social safety net.

In response to wide ranging national changes in how health care services are provided, Dignity Health is combining with another health care services organization, CHI, based in Denver, Colorado, to ensure their future viability.

Inland Action has worked with Dignity Health to address critical needs in our community. We have seen firsthand their commitment to improving the health of our community and to ensuring that the most poor and vulnerable Californians have access to critical services.

It is important to note that with no overlap in service areas between the two systems, formation of the new organization is not expected to result in a change of services nor closure of facilities in California. Rather, the partnership with CHI will provide Dignity Health a stronger administrative and service quality base on which to sustain its mission and continue its important work.  It is extremely important that California’s health care infrastructure remains strong, accessible and affordable for all people who require care.  Dignity Health’s partnership with CHI promises to achieve this objective and to meet the health needs of our communities for generations to come. Thank you for your consideration of our support.

Sincerely,

Deborah Barmack

President

Support of San Manuel Hotel, Casino and Parking Expansion 2.26.18

February 26, 2018 

 

Ms. Jennifer Wade
Environmental Science Associates
2600 Capitol Ave, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95816 

 

Re: San Manuel Hotel, Casino and Parking Expansion 

Dear Ms. Wade:  

Inland Action would like to express its support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ hotel, casino and parking expansion. Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region.  Vibrant economic development is crucial to the resurgence of Inland Southern California. As a region with a population greater than the state of Oregon, it is important that our businesses evolve and expand. One such organization is the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.   

San Manuel is unique in our area. It is at once a federally recognized sovereign Indian nation with its own government, a prominent community partner, a generous philanthropist and a thriving enterprise. Since 2016, San Manuel has increased its number of employees from over 4,000 to nearly 4,500 workers, with an estimate of 70 percent of those employees coming from within San Bernardino County. Its economic impact to San Bernardino County alone is estimated at more than $1 billion. The new expansion holds the promise of 1,400 construction jobs and 1,200 permanent jobs that span a broad variety of education and skill sets.  As a community partner, San Manuel has a proven record of philanthropy that reaches across education, health care, community service, infrastructure, public safety, and the arts. 

 

Members of our organization have had the opportunity to learn about the Tribe’s proposed hotel, casino and parking expansion; and we support the effort. To that end, the Tribe has provided briefings on their project and shared the results of their environmental impact report studies with government agencies, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and the public.  We believe that the project will not have significant impacts on the off-Reservation environment after the proposed mitigation.    

Inland Action would like to add its support for the San Manuel expansion project and the numerous economic benefits it will bring our region.   

Sincerely,   

Deborah Barmack 

President

 

Support for CORE Application for Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Funding 1.23.18

January 23, 2018

Mr. Randall Winston, Executive Director
California Strategic Growth Council
1400 Tenth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Re: Support for CORE Application for Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Funding

Dear Mr. Winston:

This letter is to express Inland Action’s support for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities application submitted by National Community Renaissance for Arrowhead Grove, Phases II and III in San Bernardino. Inland Action is non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to community betterment in the Inland Region of Southern California.

The Arrowhead Grove proposal includes 184 residential mixed income units and recreational amenities, including play areas, community center, swimming pool and outdoor educational nodes. The proposal will also include transportation infrastructure projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as providing each project household with a monthly bus pass for at least three years, creation of new bike routes, incorporation of urban greening projects, and implementation of pedestrian safety improvements based on the walk audit that was prepared for E. Neal Roberts Elementary School as part of San Bernardino County Transportation Authority’s Safe Routes to School Program.

Inasmuch as the California Strategic Growth Council will be making a recommendation to fund Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities applications in June of this year, we feel that the National Community Renaissance application uniquely meets the program goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by supporting more compact infill development patterns and encouraging active transportation and transit usage.   The project exemplifies the type of community targeted by the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program by serving a large population living in poverty and the need for active and public transit travel options.

Inland Action urges your strong consideration of the National Community Renaissance application in San Bernardino.

Sincerely,

Deborah Barmack
President

INFRA Grant Application – America’s Global Freight Gateway: Southern California Highway Strategy 10.18.17

October 18, 2017

The Honorable Elaine L. Chao
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

 

Subject:  INFRA Grant Application – America’s Global Freight Gateway: Southern California Highway Strateg

Dear Secretary Chao:

This letter is to express Inland Action’s support for the California Department of Transportation’s (Caltrans’) application to the United States Department of Transportation’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) competitive grant program for the America’s Global Freight Gateway: Southern California Highway Strategy, submitted jointly with the regional and local transportation agencies, Southern California Association of Governments, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Orange County Transportation Authority, and San Bernardino County Transportation Authority.

America’s Global Freight Gateway: Southern California Highway Strategy is a project partnership of nearly $1 billion, seeking $155 million in INFRA grant funding.  The Highway Strategy embraces a comprehensive systems management approach to achieve critical bottleneck relief and traffic flow improvements to one of the most densely concentrated manufacturing and logistics hub in the nation. The three project components support the four key objectives in the INFRA Notice of Funding Opportunity (economic vitality, leveraging, innovation, and accountability), improving critical linkages between the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the rest of the country. In brief, these project components are:

  • Component A—Los Angeles County State Route 57/60 Confluence

This component will unlock a bottleneck on SR-60 where SR-57 shares the alignment with SR‑60 in Los Angeles County near the Orange County border. The project will construct a new SR‑60 bypass off-ramp to Grand Avenue and a new bypass connector from Grand Avenue to SR‑60; reconstructs the Grand Avenue overcrossing; reconfigures the ramps at Grand Avenue; and extends a lane on SR‑57.

Component A will greatly relieve congestion and eliminate weaving of trucks and cars at the ninth most congested freight bottleneck in the nation, while significantly improving safety at the second-highest truck accident location in Southern California. Eliminating this bottleneck is projected to reduce truck vehicle-hours-traveled (VHT) at the confluence by over 211,000 hours annually and 662 hours daily, as well as save $1 billion of driver delay time over the next 20 years.

Total component cost is $264 million and the grant request for this component is $65 million.

  • Component B—Orange County State Route 57 Truck Climbing Lane Phase 1

This project component reconfigures the existing diamond interchange at SR-57/ Lambert Road to a loop ramp, adds a southbound lane on the off-ramp, and will accommodate a truck climbing lane.  The project component aims to provide relief to improve the traffic flow within the interchange by reducing current congestion, increasing signal queue capacity, and better accommodating anticipated traffic increases, thereby minimizing delays and potential safety hazards.  Accident data show that collision rates are higher than the state average for similar facilities.

A number of traffic movements within the immediate surrounding area of the SR- 57/Lambert Road interchange reflect the deficiencies of the facility and its interaction with the surrounding road system.  These deficiencies result in intersection blocking and ramp queuing onto the freeway mainline as the facility nears its capacity of 1,500 vehicles.  In addition, heavy weaving of vehicles and significant congestion result from high traffic volumes and compromised left turn movements.  The project will lay the groundwork for the future truck climbing lane on SR-57, which has an expected cost-benefit ratio of 10.0.  Estimates anticipate the future SR-57 truck climbing lane project will reduce greenhouse gas CO2 emissions by approximately 480,000 tons (over 20 years) and a return on investment of over 29%.

Total component cost is $100 million and the grant request for this component is $25 million.

  • Component C—San Bernardino County I-10 Corridor Contract 1 Project

Component C implements two tolled express lanes in each direction and strategic auxiliary lanes on I-10 from the Los Angeles County line to I-15, a distance of approximately 10 miles.  The goal is to both improve flow through this highly congested freight bottleneck on Interstate 10 as well as improve the overall management of traffic in this corridor via express toll lanes.

This component is immediately north of Ontario International Airport, a hub for United Parcel Service (UPS) and other major freight carriers, and currently carries more than 20,000 heavy duty trucks daily. I-10 is a critical freight corridor in Southern California and is a primary freight gateway to the nation. It is important for movement of exports and imports to and from the Pacific Rim through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and to and from the southern U.S. (via I-10) and Midwest (via I-15).

The component will significantly increase corridor capacity and improve trip reliability in each direction on I-10. Express/Auxiliary Lane capacity improvements will increase speeds on the general purpose (GP) lanes on I-10 as well as provide enhanced traffic flows on the adjacent parallel freeways SR-60 and SR-210. The component will achieve an estimated 91 percent increase in GP lane speeds for westbound AM traffic and a 44 percent increase in GP lane speeds for eastbound PM traffic in 2025, benefiting both freight and passenger travel.

The total component cost is $625 million and the grant request for this component is $65 million.

The implementing agency for each component is a county transportation commission created pursuant to State law for the purpose of planning and delivering regional transportation improvements within each county in partnership with state and federal agencies. Each implementing agency is also the administrator of local voter-approved sales taxes that fund transportation improvements in each county. For Component C in San Bernardino County, the State Legislature has explicitly authorized SBCTA to utilize tolling for this project.

These project components, considered together, form the America’s Global Freight Gateway: Southern California Highway Strategy. Over 40 percent of the nation’s containerized imports and about 30 percent of exports arrive at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and traverses Southern California’s infrastructure, providing needed goods to the state and nation. As a result, its freight infrastructure and particularly its highway freight corridors are among the most congested in the nation. Likewise, the resulting harmful air quality and carbon emissions impacts are especially acute throughout the region. Approval of this INFRA application is critical to ensure the completion of these components in order to achieve the freight efficiency objectives of the INFRA grant program as well as those envisioned under the National Freight Program.

We urge your approval of this INFRA grant application. Thank you very much for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Deborah Barmack,
President

Support for California WaterFix 8.9.17

August 9, 2017

Mr. Randy A. Record, Chairman
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
P.O. Box 54153
Los Angeles, CA   90054-0153

Dear Chairman Record:

This letter is to express Inland Action’s strong support for California WaterFix to protect the reliability of our State and local water supplies.  Inland Action is non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to community betterment in the Inland Region of Southern California.  Because one-third of Southern California’s water supply comes from Northern California, our long-term water security depends on modernizing the State’s water delivery system in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

We recognize there are many regional benefits to having a reliable State Water Project. Water from Northern California helps to prepare the Southland for future droughts and emergencies. Imported supplies from Northern California help replenish our groundwater basins.  Sierra snowmelt is pure enough to recycle again and again, promoting more water recycling projects.

The cost for California WaterFix is roughly half the cost of other large-scale local water supply projects. This investment, spread over the expected supply, breaks down to less than a tenth of a penny per gallon and will protect the supply for decades.

California WaterFix is an important investment that will ensure the reliability and quality of water for our communities, while helping to protect the Delta ecosystem.  Inland Action urges the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to officially support this important statewide project.

Sincerely,

Deborah Barmack
President

 

Support Section 7001 application titled, “Lytle and Cajon Creek Channel Improvements Project – Riverside Avenue Groins Project Modification Request 7.11.17

July 11, 2017

Honorable Douglas W. Lamont
Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
441 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20314-1000

 

Col. Kirk E. Gibbs
Commander and District Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District
915 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1101
Los Angeles, CA 90017

 

Dear Acting Secretary Lamont and Colonel Gibbs:

I am writing to express the support of Inland Action (www.inlandaction.com), a nonpartisan corporation of public spirited leaders who have joined together to be catalysts for the economic wellbeing of the Inland Empire since 1962, for the Section 7001 application titled, “Lytle and Cajon Creek Channel Improvements Project – Riverside Avenue Groins Project Modification Request.” The proposed project modification would Federally deauthorize five World War II era earthen groins known as the “Riverside Avenue Groins” in San Bernardino County (“County”) that were originally authorized by Congress and constructed consistent with plans on file with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”).  The removal of the five groins would occur only after, and in conjunction with, the construction of a modern replacement structure.  The County will not incur the expense of removing these five groins.  A private sector developer will do it under plans approved by the City of Rialto (“City”) and subsequent to construction of a replacement revetment structure, which revetment will render the Riverside Avenue Groins no longer of use.  The new revetment to be constructed as part of the Lytle Creek Ranch project will be built to be consistent with guidelines established by the San Bernardino County Flood Control District and would provide a higher level of flood protection than the original groins to be replaced.

For a number of years the County has been working cooperatively with the developers of a 2,500 acre master-planned, mixed-use residential and commercial development project in and near the City known as the Lytle Creek Ranch. The project will provide homes for over 8,000 families, as well as provide 850,000 square feet of commercial, office and industrial space. This project will provide important new economic opportunities for County residents and will generate significant new sources of revenue for the City. It is estimated that roughly 3,400 additional permanent jobs will be created by the project. It will also permanently conserve some 834 acres of conservation habitat open space, most of which will be permanently managed and monitored for the benefit of sensitive habitats and species.

 

One feature of the project will be the construction of a roughly 6-mile long revetment along the south bank of Lytle Creek that will be engineered and constructed to meet the current professional standards of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Corps, and the County Flood Control District.  Construction of the revetment will render the Riverside Avenue Groins both obsolete and superfluous.

Recently, the Corps has indicated that the only avenue available to allow removal of the groins in conjunction with the construction of the project and its revetment may be through a Section 7001 project modification and a Congressional deauthorization of these five Riverside Avenue Groins through legislation. The Los Angeles District of the Corps has indicated that it has no objection to a Congressional deauthorization of the five groins to enable their removal in connection with the construction and completion of the project’s revetment, which will provide upgraded erosion and flood protection to this area of the County and City.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

Carole Beswick, CEO
Inland Action

Delta Stewardship Council 3.12.17

May 12, 2017

 

Mr. Randy Fiorini, Chair
Delta Stewardship Council
980 Ninth Street, Suite 1500
Sacramento, CA 95814

​Dear Chairman Fiorini:

On behalf of Inland Action, I would like to share our organization’s perspective of the ongoing effort by the Delta Stewardship Council to advance the co-equal goals of providing a reliable water supply for California and restoring the challenged ecosystem of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region.

​The Delta Plan, as drafted by the Stewardship Council, serves as the essential blueprint for numerous local, State and federal agencies to advance these goals through their representative jurisdictions. The Council is now in the process of amending this plan to expand its guidance for future improvements to Delta conveyance, water storage and reservoir operations.

 

​Overall, we agree with the Council findings that the status quo in the Delta is unsustainable and unacceptable.  Increasing risks from sea level rise, subsidence and earthquakes in the Delta threaten not only the water supply for 25 million Californians, but also the State’s $2 trillion economy that depends on reliable supplies of high quality water.

 

We agree that Delta water systems need to be modernized with new intakes in a manner that is compatible with Delta communities.  We support the recommendation of building additional storage so that more supplies can be captured during wet periods.

 

​To refine these broad objectives into appropriate final language, we encourage you to work closely with the stakeholders representing our communities who are most closely engaged in this vital process, including the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, its member agencies, local water agencies and the State Water Contractors.

 

​Southern California will continue to reduce its reliance on the Delta to meet future needs through historic investments in conservation and new local supply development. Water from Northern California will remain an important baseline supply and must help to provide the reserves necessary to withstand droughts.  A successful conclusion to your process is critical to advance a modernization of the Delta water system to advance both restoration and water reliability goals.

 

We appreciate the work of the Council on this critical issue.

 

Sincerely,

Deborah Barmack, President

SCAQMD-2016 AQMP 2.28.17

February 28, 2017


Dr. William Burke Chairman
South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board
South Coast Air Quality Management District
21865 Copley Drive
Diamond Bar, CA   91765

 

Dear Chairman Burke,

Inland Action urges the South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board to adopt the 2016 Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) as presented by SCAQMD staff, without proposed amendments which were entered at the February meeting.  Inland Action is non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to community betterment in the inland Southern California region.  Inland Action urges your approval of the plan, without amendments, for the following reasons:

  • The 2016 Air Quality Management Plan as presented by SCAQMD staff is a strong plan developed over the past four years in an inclusionary and transparent public process which involved a broad cross section of stakeholders resulting in over 5,300 pages of documents and 200 meetings.
  • After the public testimony had been closed, substantive amendments to the Plan were brought forward at the February Board meeting at the last minute, with no advance notice provided to the public and stakeholders. These proposed amendments had no prior staff analysis, and no public discussion was allowed.  These significant, last minute changes to the AQMP undermine transparency and the public process. 
  • SCAQMD has proven over the last decade that voluntary, incentive based programs do work. Both the Carl Moyer and S.O.O.N. programs achieved significant mobile source emission reductions by providing matching funds for equipment owners to repower and replace their engines with newer, lower polluting engines, achieving emission reductions beyond what was required by existing regulations. The incentives-based framework in the Plan proposed by SCAQMD staff is the most viable approach to cleaning our air.
  • The AQMP must balance both the environmental and the economic needs of the South Coast Air Basin. Trade-dependent industries account for one-third of the State’s economy and jobs, and the largest percentage of new job creation in the inland Southern California counties.  Proposed amendments to MOB-01, MOB-03, and MOB-04 will greatly harm California’s competitiveness by artificially constraining the flow of goods and will kill the major economic driver in the inland counties. The goods movement sector is one of the region’s last remaining pathways to a middle-class income for many in the working class. These last-minute amendments will cause transportation providers to move facilities and their associated jobs outside of the region. These unintended consequences are especially concerning since SCAQMD staff has stated that the MOB measures are not needed to reach attainment of the Federal standards.  Inclusion of the proposed amendments will harm Southern California’s competitiveness and have questionable environmental benefits. 
  • The proposed plan recognizes the need for emissions reductions from mobile sources, which are primarily regulated by State and federal government. Indirect source rules of any type are unnecessary and outside of the authority of AQMD to implement.

 

Inland Action urges the District not to implement Declining Goods Movement Facility Emissions Caps, an Indirect Source Rule, or any other restrictive facilities-based measure on goods movement facilities. Such measures could have grave unintended consequences, such as causing freight diversions, increasing environmental impacts, added operational delays, and elimination of jobs.  Inland Action is committed to working with the District to achieve progress on reducing emissions in the Basin and looks forward to adoption of the 2016 AQMP without amendments on March 3.

 

Sincerely,

Deborah Barmack

President

cc:          SCAQMD Governing Board Members

Wayne Nastri, SCAQMD Executive Officer

Clerk of the SCAQMD Governing Board

Fastlane Grant Application 1.3.17

January 3, 2017

The Honorable Anthony Foxx, Secretary
United States Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20590

 

RE: America’s Global Freight Gateway: Southern California Highway Strategy

Fastlane Grant Application

 

Dear Secretary Foxx:

Inland Action respectfully recommends your approval of the America’s Global Freight Gateway: Southern California Highway Strategy application to the United States Department of Transportation’s Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE 2016) competitive grant program, submitted jointly by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Southern California Association of Governments, (SCAG), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), and San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG).  Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region.

 

America’s Global Freight Gateway: Southern California Highway Strategy is a $1.5 billion partnership seeking $160 million in FASTLANE grant funding that is based upon a comprehensive systems management approach to achieve critical bottleneck relief and traffic flow improvements to the most densely concentrated manufacturing and logistics hub in the nation. It provides a critical linkage between the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to the nation. The components of the Highway Strategy work together to alleviate both passenger and freight traffic at the crossroads of four Southern California counties and includes the request for FASTLANE grant awards for the following highway projects:

 

State Route 57 / 60 Confluence (LA Metro) – Constructs critical new bypass improvements to unlock a bottleneck on State Route 60 (SR-60) where SR-57 shares the same alignment with SR-60 in Los Angeles County near the Orange County border. This will greatly relieve congestion at the most congested bottleneck in California and the ninth most congested freight bottleneck in the nation, while significantly improving safety at the second highest truck accident location in Southern California. Eliminating this bottleneck will save 210 hours of truck delay daily at the confluence and $1 billion of driver delay time over the next 20 years.

 

State Route 71 Freeway Conversion (LA Metro) – Upgrades the existing 4-lane expressway to an 8‑lane freeway by adding 6.4 lane miles each of mixed flow and concurrent flow HOV lanes on SR-71 in Los Angeles County between Mission Boulevard and SR-60 at the Los Angeles/San Bernardino County Line. Completion of this project will significantly improve safety and greatly enhance mobility by adding the additional mixed flow lanes and by encouraging carpools in the added HOV lanes that will expand one of the nation’s largest HOV networks. It will serve to eliminate the bottleneck at SR-71/60, also resulting in congestion relief between SR-60 and Interstate 10 (I-10) and on the nearby north-south SR-57 freeway.

 

San Bernardino County I-10 Logistics Corridor (SANBAG) – Implements two tolled express lanes in each direction and strategic auxiliary lanes on I-10 from the Los Angeles County line to I-15. I-10 is a critical freight corridor in Southern California and a primary freight gateway to the nation, as is the I-15.  Both interstates link freight movement between the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to major manufacturing and warehouse concentrations in the Inland Empire and to the rest of the nation. The addition of these express lanes will significantly increase corridor capacity in each direction and will relieve traffic congestion and increase speeds on the general purpose lanes on I-10, as well as provide enhanced traffic flows on the adjacent parallel freeways SR-60 and SR-210 and I-15.

 

Riverside County I-15 Express Lanes (RCTC) – Constructs two tolled express lanes for 14.6 miles in each direction in the median of the corridor’s most congested segment in Southern California, from SR‑60 to Corona within Riverside County. The project is part of a region-wide corridor strategy, supported by local voters, constructed as a public-private partnership transferring appropriate risk to the private sector to encourage innovation and construction to provide completed improvements sooner than a solely publicly funded project.  The project will significantly address current and future travel demand by people and goods, improve congested traffic operations, expand travel choices, and ease one of the top U.S. highway freight bottlenecks.

 

The America’s Global Freight Gateway: Southern California Highway Strategy recognizes that these priority project components are uniquely interconnected and should be considered jointly for FASTLANE grant award to all. Over 40 percent of the nation’s containerized imports and nearly 30 percent of containerized exports arrive at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and traverses Southern California’s infrastructure, providing needed goods to the State and nation. Due to their close geographical proximity to one another, as well as the tremendous volume of both freight and commuter traffic that presently traverses each highway, considering these projects individually and perhaps funding only one or two of them will serve only to push the bottleneck to the other projects and have minimal efficacy in relieving overall freight congestion moving through the region to the rest of the nation.

 

This application offers a holistic approach to solving Southern California’s freight bottleneck so important to moving the nation’s goods so the freight efficiency objectives of the FASTLANE grant program can be meaningfully addressed to move the goods through Southern California to and from the rest of the nation.

 

Inland Action respectfully recommends USDOT approval of this FASTLANE grant application.

 

Sincerely,

Deborah Barmack

President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support Judge Pym for District Judge to the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California 11.1.16

November 1, 2016

 

The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.  20510

 

Dear Senator Feinstein:

On unanimous action of the Inland Action Board of Directors, this letter expresses support for the application of U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym for appointment as District Judge to the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California.

 

For over five years, Judge Pym has served as a magistrate judge.  She has established a reputation as a fair and competent judge and is highly respected by the legal community and her peers.  She has practiced in both the private and public sectors, including service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 2002 to 2011.

 

Appointment of Magistrate Judge Pym is critical to serving residents of the Inland Southern California Region, not only for her excellent knowledge and background in the Eastern Division of the Central District of the U.S. District Court, but also because of the severe shortage of judges serving the Division.  As you are well aware, the Eastern Division serves all of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  The Division now has only one judge sitting in the District Courthouse in Riverside, due to the transfer of Judge Virginia Phillips to Los Angeles in order for her to assume the role of Chief Judge of the Central District.  Currently, over fifty percent of the cases filed in Riverside are being transferred to Santa Ana and Los Angeles, causing substantial cost and inconvenience to the parties, witnesses, counsel and court personnel.

 

Magistrate Judge Pym resides locally and would therefore, if appointed, be committed to serve in Riverside and to help mitigate the problems caused by the acute shortage of judges in the Eastern Division.  We believe her background and service as a magistrate judge make her an ideal candidate for the district judgeship position.  We respectfully urge that you give favorable consideration to her application.

 

Inland Action thanks you for your continued efforts on behalf of the Inland Southern California Region and your recognition of the problems caused by the serious shortage of judges in the region.  Please let us know if there is anything further that we can do to secure this critical appointment.

 

Sincerely,

Deborah Barmack

President

Cc:            Lartease Tiffith, Esq.

David S. Casey, Jr., Esq.

Letter of Support for Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym for U.S. District Judge 11.1.16

November 1, 2016

 

The Honorable Dianne Feinstein

United States Senate

331 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

 

Dear Senator Feinstein:

 

On unanimous action of the Inland Action Board of Directors, this letter expresses support for the application of U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym for appointment as District Judge to the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California.

 

For over five years, Judge Pym has served as a magistrate judge. She has established a reputation as a fair and competent judge and is highly respected by the legal community and her peers.  She has practiced in both the private and public sectors, including service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 2002 to 2011.

 

Appointment of Magistrate Judge Pym is critical to serving residents of the Inland Southern California Region, not only for her excellent knowledge and background in the Eastern Division of the Central District of the U.S. District Court, but also because of the severe shortage of judges serving the Division. As you are well aware, the Eastern Division serves all of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  The Division now has only one judge sitting in the District Courthouse in Riverside, due to the transfer of Judge Virginia Phillips to Los Angeles in order for her to assume the role of Chief Judge of the Central District.  Currently, over fifty percent of the cases filed in Riverside are being transferred to Santa Ana and Los Angeles, causing substantial cost and inconvenience to the parties, witnesses, counsel and court personnel.

 

Magistrate Judge Pym resides locally and would therefore, if appointed, be committed to serve in Riverside and to help mitigate the problems caused by the acute shortage of judges in the Eastern Division. We believe her background and service as a magistrate judge make her an ideal candidate for the district judgeship position.  We respectfully urge that you give favorable consideration to her application.

 

Inland Action thanks you for your continued efforts on behalf of the Inland Southern California Region and your recognition of the problems caused by the serious shortage of judges in the region. Please let us know if there is anything further that we can do to secure this critical appointment.

 

Sincerely,

Deborah Barmack

President

 

Cc:            Lartease Tiffith, Esq.

David S. Casey, Jr., Esq.

support AB 2341 judgeships-Obernolte 5.31.16

May 31, 2016

 

The Honorable Jay Obernolte

State Capitol, Room 4116

Sacramento, CA 94249

 

Dear Assemblyman Obernolte,

 

Inland Action is pleased to support AB 2341, legislation that would allow for up to five vacant judgeships to be reallocated to superior courts with fewer authorized judgeships than their judicial need.

 

This bill would provide for an equitable distribution of judgeships this is greatly needed. The dramatic judgeship deficits faced by San Bernardino County create an undue burden on our citizens. This action would be a powerful first step as we continue to urge the governor to fund vacant judicial positions.

 

We thank you and appreciate your efforts on behalf this important issue.

 

Sincerely,
Carole Beswick, CEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SB 1385 (Leyva) – As amended March 29, 2016 – SUPPORT

April 8, 2016

 

The Honorable Isadore Hall

Chair, Senate Governmental Organization Committee

1020 N Street, Room 584

Sacramento, CA 95814

 

RE: SB 1385 (Leyva) – As amended March 29, 2016 – SUPPORT

 

Dear Chairman Hall,

 

Inland Action is pleased to support Senate Bill 1385. This legislation would add the December 2, 2015, shooting that occurred at the Inland Regional Center to the list of events for which the State share of state eligible cost is increased to 100% and would make findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special law. Inland Action is a non-profit, non-partisan corporation dedicated to effecting community betters in the Inland Southern California Region.

 

The terrorist attack that took place on December 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, California, was the deadliest terrorist attack in California and the second deadliest in America. The County and City of San Bernardino, along with other first responders immediately took action to protect those in harm’s way. The response was well-orchestrated, well-executed and saved many lives. In the wake of the tragedy, other immediate decisions had to be made by local elected officials and administrative staff to ensure public safety and the continuity of government.  The County, City of San Bernardino, and other responding agencies collectively spent more than $19 million responding to the mass shooting on December 2nd.

 

The California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) oversees California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA) funding, which is the primary funding mechanism available for recovering local costs in response to an act of terrorism. The terrorist attack was an unprecedented event for California and the first terrorist attack that CalOES will determine costs eligible for reimbursement through the CDAA. CalOES is accustomed to calculating reimbursement costs for fires, floods, and other natural disasters. Typically, the State provides 75% reimbursement of eligible costs, and local government is responsible for the remaining 25%. However, through legislative action, 100% reimbursement is available for emergency response under special circumstances.

 

SB 1385 will provide 100% reimbursement to the agencies responsible for the exemplary emergency response to recoup costs expended in response to this terrorist attack. For these reasons, Inland Action is pleased to support SB 1385, and we respectfully request your “Aye” vote. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at 909 223-7831.

 

Sincerely,

Deborah Barmack, President

 

c:         The Honorable Connie Leyva

Members and Consultants, Senate Governmental Organization Committee

Transportation Improvements Generating Economic Recovery 3.29.16

March 29, 2016

 

The Honorable Secretary Anthony Foxx

United States Department of Transportation

1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE

Washington, D.C. 20590

 

 

RE:      Transportation Improvements Generating Economic Recovery

 

Dear Secretary Foxx:

 

On behalf of Inland Action, I am pleased to submit this letter of support for the Transportation Improvement Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant application submitted by San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project (RPRP). Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region. This project will provide a new passenger rail service through the communities of Redlands and San Bernardino and promote ladders of opportunity along the project alignment and throughout the region by connecting San Bernardino County residents with access to educational opportunities.

 

The project is envisioned to address existing and future traffic congestion by providing a cost-effective alternative travel option for communities situated along the corridor in a way that maintains freight service and improves transit mobility, travel times, and corridor safety while minimizing adverse environmental effects.

 

The project will also provide new mobility options for large employment centers, medical centers, veterans’ services and colleges. Between 2016 and 2060, the population in San Bernardino County is expected to increase by 62 percent, growing from 2.1 million to nearly 3.4 million. Transit options like the service provide along RPRP corridor will give residents and commuters additional travel options. Additionally, the project will assist the Southern California Association of Governments and SANBAG in meeting the statewide air pollution and greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

 

Inland Action fully supports SANBAG as it seeks TIGER resources for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project.   This project will support regional connectivity by offering transportation choices. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

 

Sincerely,

Deborah Barmack

President

 

Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program 3.26.16

March 29, 2016

 

The Honorable Brian Kelly
Secretary, California State Transportation Agency
915 Capitol Mall, Suite 350 B
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program

Dear Secretary Kelly:

On behalf of Inland Action, I am pleased to submit this letter of support for the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) grant application submitted by the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project (RPRP). Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region.  Between 2016 and 2060, the population in San Bernardino County is expected to increase by 62 percent, growing from 2.1 million to nearly 3.4 million and making additional transit options critical for this growing region. RPRP will expand passenger rail service options for eastern San Bernardino County through the communities of Redlands and San Bernardino.

This transformative project provides ladders of opportunity for disadvantaged communities that will help connect commuters along the alignment and throughout the region with improved educational and employment opportunities, as well as enhanced access to critical healthcare and veterans’ services. RPRP will broaden and modernize California’s rail connectivity in the Inland Empire by bringing forward a new passenger rail service that connects to the existing San Bernardino Transit Center (SBTC).   The SBTC, completed in 2015, is a modern multi-modal hub currently serving five regional bus operators including a connection to sbX bus rapid transit service and Metrolink commuter rail service starting in 2017.

This new service addresses existing and future traffic congestion by providing a cost-effective alternative travel option in a way that maintains freight service while also improving transit service, travel times, and corridor safety. Additionally, the project will help the Southern California Association of Governments meet statewide air pollution and greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

Inland Action fully supports SANBAG as it seeks TIRCP resources for Redlands Passenger Rail Project. We believe that this project will support regional connectivity by offering transportation choices.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

 

Sincerely,

Deborah Barmack, President
Inland Action

Support for SANBAG FASTLANE Grant Application 3.11.16

March 11, 2016

 

The Honorable Anthony Foxx, Secretary

United States Department of Transportation

1200 New Jersey Ave, SE

Washington, DC 20509

 

RE: Support for SANBAG FASTLANE Grant Application

 

Dear Secretary Foxx,

 

Inland Action is pleased to support the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) submittal of a grant application under the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) program to implement components of the Interstate 10 (I-10) Logistics Corridor. Inland Action is non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to community betterment in the Inland Southern California Region. This project is an important component of our overall plan to relieve congestion along a critical stretch of a nationally significant freight corridor.

 

While SANBAG has invested heavily over the past decade to improve Inland Empire freight corridors, additional transportation investment is required to sustain and grow the county’s economy, which is substantially logistics-based. The I-10 Logistics Corridor is a comprehensive program of improvements that includes auxiliary lanes, truck climbing lanes, express lanes and freight-related interchange improvements to facilitate person and goods movement within and through San Bernardino County.

 

Multiple improvements have already been constructed in the corridor, but the largest set of near-term improvements is in the advanced stages of project development. The portion of the corridor that is the focus of this grant application is on the I-10 mainline between the Los Angeles County Line and I-15 and focuses on auxiliary lanes and express lanes. This section of I-10 carries 18,000 trucks per day and is forecast to carry up to 28,000 trucks per day by 2045. It is currently the most congested segment of freeway in San Bernardino County.

 

The I-10 Logistics Corridor will provide significant benefits to truck movement, with estimated reductions in truck-related delay of up to 109,000 annual vehicle hours in 2045. There are limited options to improve the I‑10 in an urbanized corridor. Consequently, enhanced reliability through the implementation of express lanes and other capacity and operational improvements will provide benefits to all drivers, including trucks. Trucks and cars in the general purposes lanes are expected to see a 50% improvement in travel time in the corridor in 2030, as compared to a no build alternative. In addition, parallel corridors are forecast to experience improved traffic flows.

 

We strongly support SANBAG’s efforts to secure a FASTLANE grant for the I-10 Logistics Corridor Project. Thank you very much for your consideration.

 

Sincerely,

Deborah Barmack

President

 

Inland Empire Safe Opioid Prescribing Initiative 3.3.16

March 3, 2016

 

Hospital Association of Southern California

Inland Region

3993 Jurupa Avenue, Suite 105

Riverside, CA   92506

 

Re: Inland Empire Safe Opioid Prescribing Initiative

 

On behalf of Inland Action, this letter is to indicate support for the Inland Empire Safe Opioid Prescribing Initiative. Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region.

 

Recreational drug use with opioids is on the rise as are drug overdose deaths in California. Recent research shows that high school students are reporting non-medical use of prescription pain medications at an alarming rate, and prescriptions for opioids written by Emergency Departments account for a significant percentage of the opioids redirected for non‑medical use.

 

Understanding the pervasiveness of opioid abuse, we wish to be acknowledged as a health care community partner in this effort. We endorse the creation and implementation of the Safe Opioid Prescribing Toolkit to promote safe, effective, and ethical pain management in Emergency Departments and in every health care setting.

 

Given the success of similar programs in neighboring counties, we are hopeful that this initiative will prove to be successful in reducing prescription medication abuse in the Inland Empire. Further, this community collaborative can be used as a model in other counties.  Should you have questions regarding this letter, please do not hesitate to contact me at 909 223‑7831.

 

 

Sincerely,

Deborah Barmack

President

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support for SANBAG TIFIA Application 2.24.16

February 24, 2016

 

The Honorable Anthony Foxx, Secretary

United States Department of Transportation

1200 New Jersey Ave, SE

Washington, DC 20509

 

RE: Support for SANBAG TIFIA Application

 

Dear Secretary Foxx, ,

 

Inland Action is pleased to inform you that we support San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan request to the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Interstate-10 (I-10) Express Lane Project. TIFIA is a critical part of this project, representing 33% of the overall financing package. This project is an important first phase of the overall corridor improvements planned for I-10 and Interstate 15.

 

Local agencies like SANBAG are seeking innovative ways to deliver transportation improvements within limited budgets, particularly as the county is expected to grow from 2.1 million today to 3.4 million by 2060. Express Lanes are an important tool for managing congestion on heavily traveled roads.  I-10 is a critical route for commuter, recreational and goods movement traffic across the greater Los Angeles region, and is amongst the most congested corridors in the state.  In addition, as our area struggles to recover from the Great Recession, the corridor projects will amount to over 18,000 critically needed jobs for our region.

 

The I-10 project will provide enhanced trip reliability not only for those using the Express Lanes, but for all other users. General Purpose lane drivers are expected to see a 50% improvement in travel time in the corridor in 2030, as compared to a no build alternative. In addition, when the overall corridor improvements are completed for the I-10 and I-15, trucks traveling these heavy goods movement corridors will save approximately 2 million hours of delay.

 

We strongly support SANBAG’s efforts to secure a TIFIA loan for the I-10 Express Lanes Project. Thank you very much for your consideration.

 

Sincerely,

Carole Beswick, CEO

Santa Ana River Wash Plan-SUPPORT 2.4.16

February 4, 2016

 

Congressman Pete Aguilar

1223 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Congress Aguilar,

 

The members of Inland Action give their strong support to the Santa Ana River Wash Plan.

We believe the Wash Plan Task Force has found a perfect balance in the Upper Santa Ana River Wash Plan. This plan calls for a land exchange in order to create habitat for sensitive and endangered species, to allow for future mining, to facilitate benefits for local infrastructure projects, and for trails and water recharge projects. The plan represents more than 15 years of negotiations and planning.   It involved countless discussions among environmentalists, business interests, government and communities to come up with an approach to the Wash Area that would protect the interests of all parties.

 

The plan is comprehensive and identifies land where existing mining operations can expand and continue to provide the aggregate needed to support the region’s growing construction industry. Additionally, it establishes protected areas for native plants and animals under the Endangered Species Act.

 

We thank you and Congressman Cook for introducing bi-partisan legislation to enact the Santa Ana River Wash Plan Land Exchange Act, (H.R. 4024) to facilitate the exchange of District and Bureau of Land Management parcels. This critical component is as important to the habitat elements as it is to the activities covered by the plan.

 

With so many stakeholders involved in the process, the Upper Santa Ana River Wash Plan is locally led collaboration at its best. We fully support HR4024 and appreciate your leadership in this important effort.

 

Sincerely,

Carole Beswick, CEO

 

support of the Santa Ana River Wash Plan-Feinstein 2.2.16

February 2, 2016

 

Senator Dianne Feinstein

331 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

 

Dear Senator Feinstein,

 

The members of Inland Action ask for your einstein.

We believe the Wash Plan Task Force has found balance in the Upper Santa Ana River Wash Plan. This plan calls for a land exchange in order to create habitat for sensitive and endangered species, to allow for future mining, to facilitate benefits for local infrastructure projects, for trails and water recharge projects. This plan represents more than 15 years of negotiations and planning.   It involved countless discussions among environmentalists, business interests, government and community to come up with an approach to the Wash Area that would protect the interests of everyone involved.

 

The plan is comprehensive and identifies land where existing mining operations can continue to provide the aggregate needed to support the region’s growing construction industry and establishes protected areas for native plants and animals under the Endangered Species Act.

 

In November, the Santa Ana River Wash Plan Land Exchange Act, (H.R. 4024), a bi-partisan bill, was introduced by Congressmen Pete Aguilar and Colonel Paul Cook to facilitate the exchange of District and Bureau of Land Management parcels. This critical component is as important to the habitat elements as it is to the activities covered by the plan.

 

With so many stakeholders involved in the process, the Upper Santa Ana River Wash Plan is locally led collaboration at its best. We fully support the Wash Plan and request your help in gaining Senate approval for this vital Plan.

 

We thank you for your continued support for our region.

 

Sincerely,

Carole Beswick, CEO

ONTARIO support-Feinstein 1.21.16

January 21, 2016

 

The Honorable Dianne Feinstein

U.S. Senator for California

331 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C.   20510

 

Dear Senator Feinstein:

 

This letter is to convey Inland Action’s support for your legislation to authorize the use of passenger facility charges collected at Ontario International Airport to be used for payment to Los Angeles World Airport as part of the agreement to transfer the airport to local control. As you well know, Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region.

 

  • Inland Action has been a long time supporter of returning Ontario International Airport to local control. This legislation will allow for payment of approximately $50m from Ontario International Airport Authority to Los Angeles World Airport as part of the estimated $249m required to make the transfer. Authority to use passenger facility charges for this purpose is a critical element of the agreement which will make the transfer possible.
  • There is broad support for this legislation ranging from both Ontario International Airport Authority and Los Angeles World Airports to business and community organizations. Passage of this legislation is essential to returning quality airline services to the inland region of Southern California. Please let us know if there is any assistance we can provide to ensure passage of your bill. We look forward to meeting with you on our visit to Washington, D.C. in March.
  • Sincerely,
  • Deborah Barmack
  • President
  • cc: Kevin Chang

 

AB 219 (Daly) Veto-Gov. Brown 9.29.15

September 29, 2015

 

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Governor of California
State Capitol Building, 1st Floor
Sacramento, CA   95814

 

RE: Veto AB 219 (Daly)

 

Dear Governor Brown:

 

This letter is to convey Inland Action’s opposition to AB 219 (Daly) and to urge that you veto this bill. Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders formed in 1962 and dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region. AB 219 would apply prevailing wage to ready mixed concrete delivery and, consequently, pose profound changes on the industry.

Federal and State law is clear that delivery of materials from independent sources is not subject to prevailing wage. AB 219 does not address an identified problem. Concrete is primarily delivered from local plants that are independent of a construction project. There have been no reports of abuse or significant problems in this industry.

Driving and construction are two different trades. Drivers deliver — construction workers place, finish, and test the concrete. AB 219 will add a significant administrative burden. It will be complex for a business that makes hundreds of deliveries with many drivers, for both public and private projects each day. It could result in as much as 10,000 reports each week. The bill also adds payroll requirements not found elsewhere in law. By making producers “subcontractors,” it will mean a dual classification for public or private work with new legal obligations. Due to the number of projects that are supplied, it adds considerable requirements and significant costs.

 

Caltrans estimates additional costs of up to $42 million annually, including the need for 28 additional staff, if AB 219 is signed into law. Local governments and schools will have additional costs as well.

 

Requiring prevailing wage to one specific industry (ready mixed concrete delivery) is inequitable and will result in unknown impacts. For these reasons, we urge that you veto AB 219.

 

Sincerely,

Deborah Barmack

President

 

 

 

 

 

 

SB 229 (Roth) Support-Gov. Brown 9.18.15

September 18, 2015

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Governor of California
State Capitol Building, 1st Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: SB 229 (Roth) Request for Signature

Dear Governor Brown:

This letter is to convey Inland Action’s support for SB 229 (Roth) and to urge that you sign this bill into law. Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders formed in 1962 and dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region. SB 229 would provide funding for twelve judgeships in California to be allocated by the Judicial Council in accordance with uniform criteria and the 2012 Judicial Needs Assessment.

There is a dramatic shortage of judgeships in the Inland Empire counties of San Bernardino and Riverside. San Bernardino Superior Court is one of the most underfunded and understaffed court systems in California, even though it handles some of the highest caseloads in the State. On December 13, 2012, the California Judicial Council voted to approve the 2012 Judicial Needs Assessment which determined that the County of San Bernardino needed 156 judges to meet the community’s needs. Unfortunately, to date, only a little over half of those judgeships are funded.

Court budget reductions over the years have resulted in drastic operational and service cuts throughout the County. During this period, San Bernardino County court hours in Chino, Twin Peaks, Big Bear and Needles have been eliminated or significantly reduced due to funding issues. SB 229 would help alleviate the backlog of cases that is slowing the wheels of justice in San Bernardino County by providing new judges to hear those matters.

Lack of judgeships is depriving access to basic court services to a large percentage of residents living in San Bernardino County, which is the largest county in the contiguous United States. There is an undue and costly burden on litigants, jurors, and witnesses. Lack of judgeships for the San Bernardino Superior Court has dramatically impacted the business community and citizenry who deserve access to justice at the same level as other communities throughout the State. For these reasons, Inland Action urges that you sign SB 229 to add judgeships in the State.

Sincerely,
Deborah Barmack
President

CC – June Clark, Deputy Legislative Secretary

AB 914 (Brown) Support- Gov. Brown 9.16.15

September 16, 2015

The Honorable Jerry Brown
Governor, State of California
State Capitol, First Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Governor Brown:

This letter is to advise you of Inland Action’s support for AB 914 (Brown, D‑San Bernardino) which will provide San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) with authority to construct and operate toll facilities on Interstate 10 and Interstate 15 in the County of San Bernardino. Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region.

Local agencies like SANBAG are seeking innovative ways to deliver transportation improvements within limited budgets. Projects like the I-10 and I-15 will help serve a population in the region that is expected to grow from 2.1 million to 3.4 million by 2060. These corridors are among the most congested in the State and are also important goods movement corridors for California and the nation. Constructing these projects will save 2.1 million hours of delay for trucks traveling these heavy goods movement corridors. Through effective congestion management, SANBAG projects that 18% more traffic can be accommodated on the I-10 while reducing congestion by 25% in 2045. Together, these projects amount to 31,200 critically needed jobs for our region.

SANBAG is seeking specific authority through AB 914 so that they can stay on track to apply for a federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan in early 2016. Delays to this timeline would cost the projects $55 million annually and a potential increase of $210 million in interest costs over the life of the projects.

San Bernardino County continues to struggle to recover from the great recession and many of the State’s disadvantaged communities fall within the county borders. These projects will promote economic recovery, relieve traffic congestion, and improve the quality of life in our region. We urge your signature on AB 914.

Sincerely,
Deborah Barmack
President

BDCP/Water Fix Comments 7.14.15

July 14, 2015

BDCP/Water Fix Comments
P.O. Box 1919
Sacramento, CA 95812

Subject: Support Alternative 4A of California Water Fix

On behalf of Inland Action, this letter is to express our strong support for the California Water Fix (Alternative 4A). Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region. We urge the Department of Water Resources and the Administration to move forward to bring the California Water Fix to fruition. The California Water Fix represents a thoroughly vetted, viable plan to fix California’s aging water distribution system that supplies water to 25 million Californians and 3 million acres of farmland, while also protecting the natural environment in the Delta.

The re-circulated documents are the culmination of nearly a decade of extensive expert review, planning and scientific and environmental analysis by the State’s leading water experts, engineers and conservationists, and unprecedented public comment and participation. The California Water Fix (Alternative 4A) reflects significant changes and improvements to the plan to address comments from the State and federal governments and other stakeholders.

The California Water Fix will improve our water delivery infrastructure to allow us to responsibly capture and move water during wet years, so that we have a greater water supply during future droughts. The current drought has demonstrated that California’s aging water infrastructure is not equipped to handle the regular boom and bust cycles of our climate. With above average rains predicted in the near future, we must move forward with improved infrastructure to capture the water when it’s available.

The California Water Fix (Alternative 4A) will:

Protect water supplies by delivering them through a modern water pipeline rather than relying solely on today’s deteriorating dirt levee system.
Build a water delivery system that is able to protect our water supplies from earthquakes, floods and natural disasters.
Improve the ability to move water to storage facilities throughout the state so we can capture it for use in dry years.
Restore more natural water flows above ground in rivers and streams in order to reduce impacts on endangered fish and other wildlife.
Protect and restore wildlife and the environment of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Getting to this point has been a long and thorough process. Now is the time to act and move forward to protect California’s water security. For these reasons, Inland Action supports the California Water Fix (Alternative 4A).

Sincerely,
Deborah Barmack
President

cc: Governor Jerry Brown

AB 857 (Perea) Support-Sen Wieckowski 6.23.15

June 23, 2015

The Honorable Senator Bob Wieckowski
Chair, Senate Committee on Environmental Quality
State Capitol, Room 3086
Sacramento, CA 95814-4900

RE: AB 857 (Perea) CLEAN TRUCK PROGRAM – Support

Dear Senator Wieckowski:

This letter is to convey Inland Action’s support for AB 857 (Perea), the Clean Trucking Act, which will help California truckers purchase new very low-emission trucks and help accelerate the retirement of older, high polluting trucks. This bill creates incentives for heavy-duty truck purchasers to help buy-down the initial cost of the vehicle. It will help grow the clean alternative fuel truck market now and will also stimulate additional investments in the next generation of lower emission truck technologies. Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region.

This legislation would create incentives for heavy-duty truck purchasers to help buy-down the initial cost of a new, very low-emission vehicle, which would accelerate the retirement of older, higher emitting trucks. This bill would also help grow the clean alternative fuel truck market and will stimulate additional investments in the next generation of lower emission truck technologies.

California has always been at the forefront of policies to protect and improve the environment. For the last 50 years, California has led the nation in the development of innovative policies and programs to decrease public exposure to air contaminants that contribute to health disparities. However, even with the most aggressive emissions control measures in the world, the South Coast Air Basin is still in non-attainment of federal ambient air quality standards.

While mobile sources are the largest source of emissions in the South Coast Basin, mobile sources also offer the greatest opportunity to improve air quality. By sending market signals that all cost-effective solutions to attain federal air quality standards will be considered, California can accelerate the development of cleaner, affordable technologies that will drive down the cost of new heavy-duty engines.

AB 857 is critical to improving air quality and public health in California. It will provide incentives to increase deployment of clean trucks in California and help California achieve the ambitious emissions reduction goals. For these reasons Inland Action urges your favorable consideration of AB 857.

Sincerely,
Deborah Barmack
President

CC: Members, Senate Committee on Environmental Quality

This letter emailed on June 23, 2015, to the following member of the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality:
Senator Bob Wieckowski, Chair
Senator Ted Gaines, Vice Chair
Senator Patricia C. Bates
Senator Jerry Hill
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
Senator Mark Leno
Senator Fran Pavley
Israel Salas; ISalas@semprautilities.com
Regina Lugani; Rlugani@semprautilities.com
Kristine Scott, Scott, Kristine D <KScott@semprautilities.com>

AB 857 (Perea) Support -Senator Jim Beall 6.23.15

June 23, 2015

The Honorable Senator Jim Beall
Chair, Senate Transportation and Housing Committee
State Capitol, Room 5066
Sacramento, California 95814

RE: AB 857 (Perea) CLEAN TRUCK PROGRAM – Support

Dear Senator Beall:

This letter is to convey Inland Action’s support for AB 857 (Perea), the Clean Trucking Act, which will help California truckers purchase new very low-emission trucks and help accelerate the retirement of older, high polluting trucks. This bill creates incentives for heavy-duty truck purchasers to help buy-down the initial cost of the vehicle. It will help grow the clean alternative fuel truck market now and will also stimulate additional investments in the next generation of lower emission truck technologies. Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region.

This legislation would create incentives for heavy-duty truck purchasers to help buy-down the initial cost of a new, very low-emission vehicle, which would accelerate the retirement of older, higher emitting trucks. This bill would also help grow the clean alternative fuel truck market and will stimulate additional investments in the next generation of lower emission truck technologies.

California has always been at the forefront of policies to protect and improve the environment. For the last 50 years, California has led the nation in the development of innovative policies and programs to decrease public exposure to air contaminants that contribute to health disparities. However, even with the most aggressive emissions control measures in the world, the South Coast Air Basin is still in non-attainment of federal ambient air quality standards.

While mobile sources are the largest source of emissions in the South Coast Basin, mobile sources also offer the greatest opportunity to improve air quality. By sending market signals that all cost-effective solutions to attain federal air quality standards will be considered, California can accelerate the development of cleaner, affordable technologies that will drive down the cost of new heavy-duty engines.

AB 857 is critical to improving air quality and public health in California. It will provide incentives to increase deployment of clean trucks in California and help California achieve the ambitious emissions reduction goals. For these reasons Inland Action urges your favorable consideration of AB 857.

Sincerely,
Deborah Barmack
President

CC: Members, Senate Transportation and Housing Committee
This letter emailed on June 23, 2014, to Senate Committee on Transportation:
Senator Jim Beall, Chair; senator.beall@senate.ca.gov
Senator Anthony Cannella, Vice-Chair; senator.cannella@senate.ca.gov
Senator Ben Allen; senator.allen@senate.ca.gov
Senator Patricia C. Bates; senator.bates@senate.ca.gov
Senator Ted Gaines; senator.gaines@senate.ca.gov
Senator Cathleen Galgiani; senator.galgiani@senate.ca.gov
Senator Connie Leyva; senator.leyva@senate.ca.gov
Senator Mike McGuire; senator.mcguire@senate.ca.gov
Senator Tony Mendoza; senator.mendoza@senate.ca.gov
Senator Richard D. Roth; senator.roth@senate.ca.gov
Senator Bob Wieckowski; senator.wieckowski@senate.ca.gov
Mr. Randy Chinn; Randy.Chinn@sen.ca.gov
Jesse Cuevas; Jesse.Cuevas@asm.ca.gov
Israel Salas; ISalas@semprautilities.com
Regina Lugani; Rlugani@semprautilities.com
Kristine Scott; kscott@semprautilities.com

Inland Southern California Narrative Project- Support -Mr. Ronald Loveridge, Director 6.8.15

June 8, 2015

Mr. Ronald Loveridge, Director
Center for Sustainable Suburban Development
University of California, Riverside
900 University Avenue
Riverside, CA 92521

Re: Inland Southern California Narrative Project

Dear Mr. Loveridge:

Inland Action is pleased to provide support for a collective effort to develop a narrative for Inland Southern California to frame a vision for the region’s future. This is a timely and important undertaking. It is imperative that the leaders of this region determine their own fate by focusing on the assets and resources of our region, understand their importance to our future, and develop a plan for the economic and quality-of-life landscape that the region is to become.

The Center for Sustainable Suburban Development at the University of California, Riverside, would be a logical choice to lead this project, given its years of studying the social, economic, political and ecological conditions of the Inland California region. Inland Action also supports the use of a consulting firm in such an endeavor.

For over fifty years it has been Inland Action’s mission to be a catalyst for the economic well-being of the inland region of southern California. As such, we understand the importance of this project and will work with our partners toward its successful completion. Inland Action looks forward to partnering with the Monday Morning Group, UCR, the Counties of Riverside and San Bernardino, and other organizations to develop a positive narrative for our region.

Respectfully,
Deborah Barmack
President

TIGER Application from SANBAG for Redlands Rail – Support- Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx 6.2.15

June 2, 2015

 

The Honorable Secretary Anthony Foxx
United States Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20590

 

RE: TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS GENERATING ECONOMIC RECOVERY

 

Dear Secretary Foxx:

This letter is to convey Inland Action’s support for the Transportation Improvement Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant application submitted by San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project. Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region. This project will provide new passenger rail service through the communities of Redlands, Loma Linda, and San Bernardino and promote Ladders of Opportunity along the project alignment and throughout the region by connecting San Bernardino County residents with access to educational opportunities at University of Redlands, Loma Linda University, and California State University San Bernardino; job centers; healthcare facilities; and Veteran’s Affairs resource facilities.

SANBAG, the County Transportation Commission, is funded by a voter approved half-cent sales tax (Measure I). The Redlands Passenger Rail Project is an identified project within Measure I and will address the transportation needs of the Redlands Corridor as outlined in SANBAG’s Measure I Strategic Plan and the 2012 Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Transportation Plan.

The project will address existing and future traffic congestion by providing a cost-effective alternative travel option for communities along the Redlands Corridor in a way that maintains freight service and improves transit mobility, travel times, and corridor safety while minimizing adverse environmental effects.

The project will also provide new mobility options for large employment centers, medical centers, veteran services and colleges. Between 2015 and 2060, the population in San Bernardino County is expected to increase by 62 percent, growing from 2.1 million to 3.4 million. Transit options like the Redlands Passenger Rail Project will give residents and commuters additional travel options. The project will also assist SCAG and SANBAG in meeting statewide air pollution and greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

Inland Action fully supports SANBAG as it seeks TIGER resources for the new passenger rail project. This project will support regional connectivity by offering transportation choices. We appreciate your careful review of the SANBAG application. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

 

Sincerely,

Deborah Barmack
President

TIGER Application from Yucaipa & Calimesa- Support -Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx 6.2.15

June 2, 2015

The Honorable Anthony Foxx
Secretary of Transportation
U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20590

 

Dear Secretary Foxx:

This letter is to convey Inland Action’s support for the Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) application jointly submitted by the Cities of Yucaipa and Calimesa. Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region. The joint application proposes improvements to County Line Road between Oak Hills Parkway/East Street and Bryant Street.

The proposed TIGER grant project includes two multi-lane roundabouts at the County Line Road and I-10 Freeway which will eliminate the need to widen the existing three-lane underpass structure estimated to cost $50 million. The project will also install five roundabouts along County Line Road to improve access to the communities of Yucaipa and Calimesa along the two mile corridor as well as curbs, gutters, bike lanes, sidewalks, and master planned storm drain improvements.

County Line Road is an existing arterial street crossing the Interstate 10 Freeway east- and west-bound ramps and is also the county line dividing San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Over time, increasing traffic related to added residential and commercial development will continue to impact County Line Road in both directions. During peak traffic periods, motorists exiting the freeway encounter delays, at times backing into the freeway lanes. The four-way signal at County Line Road and Calimesa Boulevard slows traffic and, combined with deep cross-gutters and busy commercial uses on each corner, present serious challenges to motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.

Interstate 10 is one of the most heavily traveled corridors in Southern California, serving as a major goods movement corridor as well as a major recreational route used by Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino County residents. Improvements proposed in this TIGER grants will greatly improve mobility and safety for communities directly adjacent to I‑10 and will also improve safety on the Interstate by rectifying the stacking of vehicles at off ramps during peak traffic hours. Inland Action supports this joint application as it will greatly improve regional travel facilities and the adjacent roadways serving the Interstate.   We urge your favorable review of this application.

 

Sincerely,

Deborah Barmack
President

 

 

 

 

 

California Desert Conservation & Recreation Act -Support -Sen. Feinstein 5.4.15

May 4, 2015

Senator Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Feinstein:

I am writing today to express Inland Action’s support for the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act of 2015. Inland Action is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that focuses on the economic well-being of the Inland Empire regions of southern California. Like your landmark CDPA of 1994, this bill will make huge strides in protecting the irreplaceable scenic, ecological and recreational values that make the California desert such a special place. The legislation encompasses unique, undeveloped, ecologically and geologically significant, culturally important, and scenic areas of public land in the California desert. In addition to designating two national monuments, new wilderness areas and over 80 miles of wild and scenic rivers, the bill will also congressionally designate four off-highway vehicle open areas as national recreation areas as well as ensure that many important off-road routes remain open. This is unprecedented for a wilderness bill, and I applaud you for striking a balance between the environmental and recreational communities.

We support this comprehensive bill because it recognizes the importance of conservation and energy commitments, outlines recreational uses—including off-highway vehicle use, provides for thorough management strategies in land preservation, and benefits our region.

Thank you for your leadership and continued efforts toward preserving this magnificent landscape and the recreation and environmental opportunities that it offers.

Sincerely,
Carole Beswick, CEO

AB 857 (Perea) Support-ASM Williams 4.10.15

April 10, 2015

The Honorable Das Williams
Chair, Assembly Committee on Natural Resources
State Capitol, Room 4005
Sacramento, California 95814

RE: AB 857 (Perea) CLEAN TRUCK PROGRAM – SUPPORT

Dear Assemblymember Williams:

This letter is to convey Inland Action’s support for AB 857 (Perea), the Clean Trucking Act, which will help California truckers purchase new very low-emission trucks and help accelerate the retirement of older, high polluting trucks. This bill creates incentives for heavy-duty truck purchasers to help buy-down the initial cost of the vehicle. It will help grow the clean alternative fuel truck market now and will also stimulate additional investments in the next generation of lower emission truck technologies. Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region.

This legislation would create incentives for heavy-duty truck purchasers to help buy-down the initial cost of a new, very low-emission vehicle, which would accelerate the retirement of older, higher emitting trucks. This bill would also help grow the clean alternative fuel truck market and will stimulate additional investments in the next generation of lower emission truck technologies.

California has always been at the forefront of policies to protect and improve the environment. For the last 50 years, California has led the nation in the development of innovative policies and programs to decrease public exposure to air contaminants that contribute to health disparities. However, even with the most aggressive emissions control measures in the world, the South Coast Air Basin is still in non-attainment of federal ambient air quality standards.

While mobile sources are the largest source of emissions in the South Coast Basin, mobile sources also offer the greatest opportunity to improve air quality. By sending market signals that all cost-effective solutions to attain federal air quality standards will be considered, California can accelerate the development of cleaner, affordable technologies that will drive down the cost of new heavy-duty engines.

AB 857 is critical to improving air quality and public health in California. It will provide incentives to increase deployment of clean trucks in California and help California achieve the ambitious emissions reduction goals. For these reasons Inland Action urges your favorable consideration of AB 857.

Sincerely,
Deborah Barmack
President

CC: Assembly Committee on Natural Resources

AB 1074 (Garcia) Support – ASM Frazier 4.10.15

April 10, 2015

The Honorable Jim Frazier
Chair, Assembly Committee on Transportation
State Capitol, Room 3091
Sacramento, California 95814

RE: AB 1074 (Garcia) Clean Fueling Act– SUPPORT

Dear Assemblymember Frazier:

This letter is to convey Inland Action’s support for AB 1074 (Garcia), the Clean Fueling Act. This bill will accelerate the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles by addressing the need for alternative fueling stations. Specifically, AB 1074 directs the California Energy Commission to develop a refueling infrastructure plan that identifies the number of stations and the geographic areas where additional stations are needed. Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region.

Building a roadmap for alternative refueling infrastructure is the first step to developing stations and reducing driver range anxiety, which is a major barrier in the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles. To increase the number of alternative fuel vehicles on the road, drivers need convenient access to refueling facilities.

State law, the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), requires reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 80% by 2050. In addition, Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley face a more immediate challenge in the form of the Federal Clean Air Act, which requires at least a 65% reduction in NOx emissions by 2023, and an 80% reduction by 2032. Public exposure to poor air quality may cause asthma, cancer, and other health problems. The transportation sector accounts for 80% of the regions smog-forming emissions (NOx) and 40% of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Alternative fuel vehicles will improve California’s air quality by reducing transportation related emissions. For example, transitioning to Heavy Duty CNG trucks from standard heavy duty diesel trucks would reduce NOx emissions by 90% and GHG emissions by 15-20%.

There are many alternative fuel technologies available today, and Californians should have greater access to them so that individual transportation needs can be met. However, today access is limited because there are not enough alternative refueling options. With AB 1074, the California Energy Commission’s plan would guide necessary infrastructure development to reach our air quality and GHG emission reduction goals quickly and cost-effectively. For these reasons, Inland Action urges your favorable support for AB 1074.

Sincerely,
Deborah Barmack
President

CC: Assembly Committee on Transportation

AB 857 (Perea) Support – ASM Frazier 4.10.15

April 10, 2015

The Honorable Jim Frazier
Chair, Assembly Committee on Transportation
State Capitol, Room 3091
Sacramento, California 95814

RE: AB 857 (Perea) CLEAN TRUCK PROGRAM – Support

Dear Assemblymember Frazier:

This letter is to convey Inland Action’s support for AB 857 (Perea), the Clean Trucking Act, which will help California truckers purchase new very low-emission trucks and help accelerate the retirement of older, high polluting trucks. This bill creates incentives for heavy-duty truck purchasers to help buy-down the initial cost of the vehicle. It will help grow the clean alternative fuel truck market now and will also stimulate additional investments in the next generation of lower emission truck technologies. Inland Action is a non-profit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to the economic and community betterment of the Southern California region.

This legislation would create incentives for heavy-duty truck purchasers to help buy-down the initial cost of a new, very low-emission vehicle, which would accelerate the retirement of older, higher emitting trucks. This bill would also help grow the clean alternative fuel truck market and will stimulate additional investments in the next generation of lower emission truck technologies.

California has always been at the forefront of policies to protect and improve the environment. For the last 50 years, California has led the nation in the development of innovative policies and programs to decrease public exposure to air contaminants that contribute to health disparities. However, even with the most aggressive emissions control measures in the world, the South Coast Air Basin is still in non-attainment of federal ambient air quality standards.

While mobile sources are the largest source of emissions in the South Coast Basin, mobile sources also offer the greatest opportunity to improve air quality. By sending market signals that all cost-effective solutions to attain federal air quality standards will be considered, California can accelerate the development of cleaner, affordable technologies that will drive down the cost of new heavy-duty engines.

AB 857 is critical to improving air quality and public health in California. It will provide incentives to increase deployment of clean trucks in California and help California achieve the ambitious emissions reduction goals. For these reasons Inland Action urges your favorable consideration of AB 857.

Sincerely
Deborah Barmack
President

CC: Members, Assembly Committee on Transportation
This letter emailed on June 23, 2014, to Senate Committee on Transportation:

Senator Jim Beall, Chair; senator.beall@senate.ca.gov
Senator Anthony Cannella, Vice-Chair; senator.cannella@senate.ca.gov
Senator Ben Allen; senator.allen@senate.ca.gov
Senator Patricia C. Bates; senator.bates@senate.ca.gov
Senator Ted Gaines; senator.gaines@senate.ca.gov
Senator Cathleen Galgiani; senator.galgiani@senate.ca.gov
Senator Connie Leyva; senator.leyva@senate.ca.gov
Senator Mike McGuire; senator.mcguire@senate.ca.gov
Senator Tony Mendoza; senator.mendoza@senate.ca.gov
Senator Richard D. Roth; senator.roth@senate.ca.gov
Senator Bob Wieckowski; senator.wieckowski@senate.ca.gov
Mr. Randy Chinn; Randy.Chinn@sen.ca.gov
Jesse Cuevas; Jesse.Cuevas@asm.ca.gov
Israel Salas; ISalas@semprautilities.com
Regina Lugani; Rlugani@semprautilities.com

Elected Officials

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