Sen. Don Perata, State Senate President pro Tem; Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; Fresno Mayor Alan Autry; Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter; Connie Conway, Tulare County supervisor; Cynthia Sterling, member of Fresno City Council. All photos by Roger J. Wyan
GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER AND VALLEY LEADERS APPLAUD REBUILD CALIFORNIA PLAN’S FOCUS ON HIGHWAY 99
FRESNO – A bipartisan coalition led by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Senate President Don Perata, Fresno Mayor Alan Autry, Senator Dean Florez and local elected leaders urged Californians to support the One Plan to Rebuild California, which would set aside $1 billion to upgrade 400 miles of Highway 99 through the growing Central Valley.
Joined by business, labor and civic leaders, the four unveiled one of more than a dozen billboards placed along more than 200 miles of Highway 99 urging voters to support the Rebuild California Plan by voting yes on Propositions 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D and 1E.
“The Central Valley’s economy depends on good roads, good schools, safe housing and flood protection, and the One Plan to Rebuild California invests in the Valley’s infrastructure to
Nathan Magsig, Clovis city manager; Jim Earp, chair of the Let's Rebuild California campaign; Sen. Don Perata, State Senate President pro Tem; Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; Fresno Mayor Alan Autry; Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter; Connie Conway, Tulare County supervisor; Cynthia Sterling, member of Fresno City Council; Steve Worthley, Tulare County supervisor; Sam Armentrout, member of the Madera City Council; Mike Cully, president and CEO of Visalia Chamber of Commerce
“We don’t usually agree on things, but the One Plan to Rebuild California has brought us all together,” said Senate President Perata. “We put our differences aside to make sure we invest in our infrastructure to keep our economy strong.”
“This billboard says it all – something for us for a change,” said Senator Dean Florez. “Highway 99 is the backbone of the Central Valley economy, the shipping route for the greatest agricultural region in the world and the main street of California’s heartland. The Rebuild California Plan puts Highway 99 where it should be – at the top of the list for rebuilding California’s infrastructure.”
The San Joaquin Valley is California's fastest growing region. According to projections from the California Department of Finance, the population served by Highway 99 is projected
Sen. Don Perata, State Senate President pro Tem; Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; Fresno Mayor Alan Autry; Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter; Connie Conway, Tulare County supervisor; Cynthia Sterling, member of Fresno City Council
Highway 99 represents the lifeblood of the Valley’s economy. More than 855,000 cars and trucks use it every day. More than 20 percent of the region’s jobs are tied to the region’s agricultural industry, which depends on Highway 99 to move farm products to market.
The Rebuild California Plan sets aside $1 billion specifically for Highway 99 improvements in the Central Valley. In addition, the plan invests in freeway, road and transportation improvements, safe housing for seniors and victims of domestic violence, building and modernizing schools to train students for good-paying jobs and provides $3 billion to repair Delta levees to protect homes, farms and businesses from flooding.
As part of the campaign on behalf of the plan, 13 billboards are being placed on Highway 99 between Merced and McFarland, including two in the city of Fresno.
The Rebuild California Plan includes:
o Prop. 1A, a constitutional amendment that protects state gas tax revenues from being diverted for non-transportation purposes.