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Good morning, everyone and welcome to the California Transportation Commission meeting of January 26.
This is day one out of two days of meetings.
We are excited that you are here to start in 2010.
22 in this way, Douglas, could you please read the role and then read instructions for the public to participate in today's meeting.
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Yes, sir.
Commissioner David.
Eager for good morning, everyone here.
Commissioner Commissioner Luna.
Commissioner Martinez, President.
Baloney Norton.
Senator Newman.
Assembly Member Friedman.
I'm sure we have a quorum.
Thank you so much.
So Atlas.
And now if you can please read the instructions for the public to participate in today's meeting.
Yes, ma'am.
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Thank you for joining us today.
We know your time is valuable and we appreciate your sharing some of it with us.
Thank you so much, Douglas.
I wanted to ask if you could stay in which languages are available for translation for the public.
For translation of documents.
We can literally pretty much do any anything you'd like, any language you can think of.
We can get the service done.
Some of the more obscure languages may take a little bit longer.
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Some of the other ones we can do, but like I said, it might take a little bit longer.
Thank you so much.
With that, we're gonna move to the election of the new commission chair and vice-chair.
And I'd like to call on Vice Chair Alvarado for emotion.
Thank you, Madam Chair.
I'd like to place.
In mice an election for Chair Commissioner Leanne agar Norton.
I'd like to second.
Commissioner of Grado and commissions.
A mu's and Commissioner and Guardini and Commissioner Martinez.
Second, all those.
Douglas, can you please read the roll?
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Yes, sir.
All right.
Can Mr.
Grid XB0 Arduino, Mr.
Commissioner Lu hi, Mr.
Baloney, cero.
For the motion is approved.
Thank you.
And congratulations.
We will have our incoming Chair speak under item six, commissioner reports, but before that, we would like to call on Commissioner Eager, newly elected chair for emotion.
Yes, I would like to nominate Commissioner Guardini as Vice Chair.
Second that motion.
Thank you.
Eager moves.
Commissioner David, seconds.
Are there any other nominations from the floor Seeing none.
Douglas, could you please read the role.
Yes, sir.
Commissioner Davis, Mr.
Commissioner Edmund.
Lu Martinez, loaning Norton for the motion is approved.
Congratulations to you both on your unanimous approval, we look forward to hearing from you in item six.
Now we're gonna take tabs reinforced together, Douglas.
Thank you, Chair.
Temp three is the approval of the minutes from the December eighth, ninth, 2021 commission meeting to have four is a commission meetings for compensation.
Please note that the meaning for compensation was revised and was a yellow duck.
Reflecting node revisions.
Staff recommends approval of both of these items.
Martinez moves Commissioner Alvarado seconds.
Douglas, can you please read the role.
Yes, sir.
All right.
High Commissioner?
Commissioner Edmund, I've missed.
Hi, Mr.
Baloney, Norton.
The motion has approved.
Thank you so much with that, we will move to commission Executive Director much twice for his report.
Good morning.
Welcome to our first commission meeting of 2022.
I hope everybody had a nice holiday season, Happy New Year, and was able to spend some time with family and friends.
I had hoped that we'd be able to start 20 to 2022 by having this meeting both virtually and in person as we did in December.
But obviously a lot has changed in the last eight weeks and we want to ensure everybody's health and safety.
So we opted for this virtual format.
Hopefully the situation will improve and we can transition.
Back to a hybrid format for our March meeting.
But we'll monitor the situation and we'll let everybody know as soon as the decisions.
Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to go to a small sent off for secretary Kim, an express our gratitude for service and dedication to improving transportation.
So the on the line during the commissioner reports.
So you can also wish him well, while his departure is a big loss for California, we're fortunate to still have illicit economy with us.
Alyssa, It's been a pleasure working with you as under secretary and I look forward to our continued collaboration in your role of Acting Secretary.
On January 10th, the governor or at least his proposed budget for 2223.
There are several proposed one time investments for transportation infrastructure from the general fund, including $500 million for the active transportation program to address the backlog of high scoring projects.
We've been unable.
Nearly $4 billion for the transit industry royal capital program, $2.3 billion for supply chain improvements, including 1.2 billion per port.
And goods movement infrastructure, and 1.1 billion for other related areas such as workforce training and 0 emission vehicle equipment.
Additionally, there's 400 million for state and local climate adaptation projects, 150 million for a reconnecting communities, highways to bow Lamar pilot program, and a $100 million for bicycle and pedestrian pedestrian safety projects.
You know, these are really.
Smart, excellent areas for us to embed, invest in.
These will help meet the state's priorities for climate, equity, safety, and economic growth.
That said, I welcome the opportunity to work with the administration and the legislature to ensure that these new investments are coordinated with existing commission programs.
And our existing.
Project accountability and transparency processes.
This will allow us to meet our state's goals as effectively as possible, rather than having disjointed.
Additionally, we look forward to the May revision of the budget and revised revenues.
We'd like to keep the dialogue open to increase the 500 million proposed to.
Or the active transportation program.
Since we know we need at least $2 billion, we're also going to keep requesting consideration, are putting additional funds for transit rail through the State Transportation Improvement Program.
This program offers regional agencies more flexibility to meet their specific priorities compared to competitive.
Transit programs.
And while there's a lot of new money for transportation in the budget, there's also one proposal that would lead to a notable decrease in funding.
This is the proposed suspension of the inflationary adjustment to the gas tax, which would cause us to lose $523 million.
That's the courts are fixed.
First place streets projects in the State Highway operation protection program, as well as various priority projects.
We find an estate Transportation Improvement Program.
Our understanding is that the administration intends to impact to the step to be absorbed by the inner regional program.
The inflation adjustment to the gas tax.
They were established by SP1 and were intended to fix decades long stagnation and loss of purchasing power and transportation piping, which has led to a sizable backlog of maintenance rehabilitation project that we're now just catching up on.
I'm concerned that while this $0.5 billion reduction is quite significant for the state's transportation programs.
It would only save the average driver about a bucket a quarter or a month.
And that seems too small to have a real impact on one's quality of life.
It would be helpful to understand from Caltrans what this potential loss of revenue means for our funding programs as we prepare to adopt both the State Highway operation of protection program and the State Transportation Improvement Program.
Another feature of the proposed budget is that it includes 4.5 billion from the federal infrastructure investment and jobs Act.
The budget assumed the funds are dedicated at 60 % for state programs and 40 % for regional programs, which is how we've historically divided federal formula funds for surface transportation.
Additionally, there are proposed increases to the commission's budget to implement both SP sucks 71 by Senator Gonzalez, that requires us to oversee a clean break quart or efficiency assessment.
An sp3 39 by Senator Reid or that requires the row charge psycho advisory committee to make recommendations for new row charged pilot programs to test revenue collection.
We've worked with legislature to make sure they understand what a what we'll be able to accomplish with the proposed level of funding.
I have a few other updates regarding our programs.
First, I'd like to recognize the efforts of our local streets and roads Program team for ensuring that all 539 or recipient successfully submitted their FY 2021 expenditure reports.
This team is still awaiting a few final edits.
Example up the reports.
But preliminarily, they show that jurisdictions altogether spend $861 million and SP1 book of streets and roads fund over 2500 projects that were either completed or in progress during the fiscal year.
Staff will be providing an update on the expenditure reports that are March Second, our program staff continue to hold workshops to update guidelines for our SP1 competitive programs, as well as the active transportation program, will be presenting the draft guidelines for the active transportation program later on the agenda today.
And draft guidelines for the other programs in the near future.
We have nine.
Program Guidelines workshop scheduled between now and our next Commission meeting and mid-March.
The dates are all available on our website and we continue to tweet out reminders to stakeholders for each one.
Last Friday, we have the workshop for the State Highway operation at Protection Program.
The shot guidelines were scheduled to hold the north and south 2022 sharp hearings as a joint virtual webinar on Wednesday, February 16th will also be holding the Northern stick.
Hearing virtually tomorrow after we joined the Commission meeting and the South step hearing on the afternoon of February 3rd.
Also on February 3rd, we'll have our fifth equity advisory round table meeting, which will of course be held virtually at the agenda has been posted, distributed.
We'll be hearing an update on the statewide equity listening.
An update on Sp1 transportation funding program guideline development.
And we'll have a discussion on the structure of an equity advisory committee or committees.
And the last thing I'd like to note is a rho charge technical advisory committee meeting will be held on February 25th, where we will continue to discuss implementation of SP.
I'd like to end my report by introducing new staff who are joined our team since our last commission meeting.
At first, Brian Stewart joined the local streets and roads program as a program analyst.
Brian comes to us from the state treasurer's office where I've worked in grants programs, states for hospitals.
Rebecca light has joined the fanny team as an associate transportation planner.
Rebecca is on loan from Caltrans.
It will be supporting our equity and multimodal planning initiatives for the next year.
Jaden gales has joined the engineering team as an analyst.
Jayden recently graduated from college and previously worked for residential construction company doing the variety of tasks, including building inspection, enhance our construction.
Pam Tran has been hired as a student assistant to work on row charts and other planning efforts.
TAM is currently a student in that urban planning and environmental studies master's program at San Jose State.
Lucy white has joined the planning team as a student assistant.
Lucy is a fourth year undergraduate at UC Davis, earning at the S and sustainable environmental design.
And finally, we recently hired Bruce The Terror, who many of you may recall.
I recently retired from Caltrans as Division Chief of financial programming.
As a retired to do with brutes will help us with our SP sucks 71 and other trade quarter enhancement program efforts.
That concludes my report.
I'd be happy to answer any questions.
Commissioners, are there any questions that you have on executive drifter license report?
I have one and Justin, can you tell us whether we have any public comment at this time?
Did you notice any public comment at this time?
Thank You.
Commissioner Davis met you mentioned in your comments about coordinating this new money, but with the CTC, have you had any preliminary discussions with any The two spots where money was sent where they sort of a protocol or a process and we would be excluded from what we've previously.
Sort of handle.
Only at a very high level about the importance of coordinate.
Thank you.
I have a question about the gas tax and that reduction in the interest.
Increase, does that have an impact on future years, not just an impact this year of the loss of 500 and something dollars.
What would the impact on future years?
Our understanding is that that will be they will be making that up in the next year.
So, you know, if the 3 % increase is then going to be a 3 % next year plus whatever the inflation adjustment would be next to.
Thank you.
There were a lot of questions about that impact.
Appreciate it very much.
Madam Chair.
Yes, Commissioner Alvarado, there has there been any discussion?
We have the money.
Has there been any discussion about back filling that tax loss?
And again, I guess my question would be, is there any language within this discussion about making sure that after you Here so that we don't have to go back and cite this side all over again.
Two questions, chance and backfill.
Our other standing is they're planning to sunset, but there was also something I thought, you know, written that said there may be some potential to keep for this to triggering.
Postpone a year, not seeing the trailer bill language that would be required to implement implement.
And so that's where we can really understand the details.
And the doctor give me this part.
Well, I think it needs to be brought forward in a pretty much high level way because this is exactly why.
The local tax measures passed my 70, 75 % and the statewide measures take so much time and money and effort because nobody trust Sacramento.
This is exactly the reason we have to fight for our for our transportation dollars.
Every single time.
And we have to fight heart.
People gave a lot of time.
People give a lot of money.
And then something like this happens and it just, it just blows apart.
What little trust there is left in Sacramento.
I'm hoping that we keep these pumps.
Due to the fire, hoping that were very vocal with any discussions.
Both by the industry and by hopefully she tissue.
Thank you, Madam Chair, I'll shut up.
If I can real quick.
You asked about about backfill.
I know that has been discussed at some level above backpedaling general fund, but I do not believe that is the administration's proposal.
So it's been thrown out there.
We will continue discussions.
I have never been known for not being shy about being shy about what I feel and giving my $0.02.
So we will be making sure that what we hear from you, it is convenient.
Thank you.
You don't have to blame it on me, but I'm gonna be outside doing the same thing.
Thank you very much.
I see Commissioner Lewis and turned his video on, so I want to recognize you.
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Just in response.
Those questions from Commissioner Alvarado, you know, I think that if you need it, mitch under it, perhaps tasks 15, the federal legislative matters.
If you need us to take action to direct staff to make sure that when this goes through the budget process, it includes things like.
Limiting it to a single year or making sure that everyone's aware of what the consequences are.
Then I think it would be good to know whether we need to maybe make a motion or take action under Item tab 15.
I would say at this point discussions it's still early, you know, we haven't seen all the details and writing of the trailer.
So what I anticipate is having a more robust discussion in March, statutorily, that commission has the ability to comment to the legislature on transmission.
Rotation budget.
And so that might be a forum for us to convey are concerned.
Thank you.
Given r to have additional funding for active transportation.
And as we hit made requests for $0.5 billion for Quarters like highways.
Is it possible to ask for funds to remain and continue to be exacted for the gas tax to continue to be potentially determined for driving and then have those funds augmented.
In the goals that we had, augmented ATP and creatine and opportunity for bicycle highway.
My school court or investment which is so sorely needed.
And as we know.
That's a great question.
So if I understand correctly, you're saying could legislature decide to keep the tax, but then you use that paying 0.5 billion for active transportation.
There are some restrictions in, in the Constitution about changing the distribution of how the funds go out.
So I would have to look at that again and give that some thought, but I would say.
That said I'm sure there's a way to do it.
So per commissioner lose inquiry about potentially making emotion in item 15, perhaps this is one of the avenues we can highlight for exploration.
So that you and staff can take a look at the possibility of having these funds augment the huge desire for ATP funds and my corridor money.
Well, we'll leave that to item 15, but I really thank you for your clarity on some of these issues and desire to seek more clarity.
I see incoming vice-chair gardenias video on did you have a question, Commissioner guard, you know.
Forgive me.
I will turn off my video.
No problem with that.
Director Weiss, I want to thank you for your important and we look forward to asking more questions about this under item 15.
And also with Paul goals or ski.
We're gonna move to commissioner reports.
And I would like to start my report with acknowledging secretary Kim, you know, as we work together, all of us so diligently in these.
Last couple of years, especially as I've been on the Commission, to move towards federal funding and expansion of the definition of infrastructure to include EV, to include broadband, to look at how we're going to deliver projects differently.
To look at how.
Uh, we can broaden the use of trade quarter Enhancement Program funds and then expand the opportunities present with federal dollars and fight for transit operations money through the cares Act.
I was looking forward to in 2022 to be a time when we could work with the fruits of that labor together.
And it was quite a surprise when Secretary Kim announced that on January 3rd that he would be leaving as he did on January 14th, and A secretary, Kim, I believe you are here and I was wondering if it would be possible that we could have your video on because there are many of us who like to say some things to you because of your incredible leadership.
These past few years.
And the join.
We've had in working.
So well, maybe possible and we can look at getting your video on.
I just wanted to highlight a few things that for me really representative of the weirder was done.
This is a picture of previous chair.
Tonight and burned.
And secretary Kim and Mitch, and Giles, and Paul and Vice President Kamala Harris and direction took so much shocked when they went and lobby for additional funds.
And I was so pleased.
Last year as I was being developed, that Caltrans, calcine and CCC all came together and met with congressional leaders.
We weren't didn't virtually didn't COVID.
But we also did it last.
Powerpoint to person, every elected official said that that was a very meaningful, symbolic moment for California.
And I wanna thank you, Secretary Kim, for all that you did not just make huge strides in policymaking, but also B.
To be a good listener, they're in the Heinz when you and I spoke as early as six in the morning in his late as 11 o'clock at night with some of the issues that were happening during my head.
And you just wanted to thank your leadership.
You're listening, your accessibility, especially.
As we went through the Climate Action Plan for the transportation, kept broadening the audience and participation.
Make sure that these guidelines were going to be approved, carried out in St.
Compliment you on your emerging projects agreement with the US Department of Transportation.
First of its kind, she partnerships advanced comprehensive portfolios, afraid, goods, movement, and supply chain resiliency projects.
I also want to thank you for the work we did together on.
Food safety and woody.
And again, working together on the infrastructure investment and jobs act to aggressively lobby city hall.
Capitol Hill.
My own background is City Hall.
Not only for Broadening the funds and the definition of infrastructure, but also increasing caps of programs like small starts to look at highways to boulevards.
It didn't expand the opportunities to bake in equity to right wrongs and address harms of previous.
Investments in infrastructure.
And the way projects were delivered, but also to look at new opportunities to create a more multi-modal and sustainable future.
I wanna thank you, Secretary Kim, for your partnership, for your tireless and adjunct you see for your willingness to be.
Accessible at all times and for the partnership that we had as Caltrans, CTC and Cal sta, because that partnership, especially during the pandemic, was extraordinarily useful.
And as we found.
Highlighted, what a good steward of funds, the state of California and being in the eyes of the federal government.
With that, I hope that you are come on and participating.
Haven't seen you on.
What Secretary can we did not want to leave.
Back in Virginia without hearing how much we appreciate you as a partner, neither in the state of health.
And we just want to thank Gavin Newsom.
Good news.
So making sure that he had appointed and selected to be part of leadership to make this transportation agenda.
A reality.
Wonderful to see you.
Same Terri Kim.
Good morning.
Good morning, chair Norton.
Hopefully you can hear me.
And you can see me.
Greetings from Virginia or it is a balmy 30 degrees.
But Sony and Not too windy.
There was a snowstorm coming in a few days, but a small one, only one to two inches.
So for those of you who have travel plans to come to the DC area, paradox because it's a minor storm.
But Karen Norton, I just want to thank you for your very kind and generous words.
Now, I think you're right.
It was an incredible partnership between CTC, Cal STA and Caltrans, and that is reflected in the picture you see on the screen.
Just about two years ago, before the pandemic, leadership from CTC, Caltrans and Cal sta.
When did you You see and we met with a bunch of people on Capitol Hill, including in this picture, then senator kamala Harris.
And I think that was the beginning.
That trip was the beginning of this truly collaborative partnership between the three transportation entities in the state of California.
And that has continued since that time.
Starting starting with chair Dan, can I Annenberg and continue with you chair and Norton.
And I just want to say what an incredible privilege and aren't OR gate has been to work with each of you over the past few years.
And I would also include farmer Commissioners, van can Eisenberg, if on Burke.
Chris keyhole, to Mika Butler.
And I think I may be missing one or two others.
Jim Gill.
What an honor, what a privilege.
And I will miss all of you.
I will be watching from a distance the actions of the CTC.
And I know as that as I gets implemented, we will all be working together.
What will be in touch.
This is a fascinating time for transportation investment and I think all of us are going.
Be held accountable to make sure that we deliver good outcomes.
That it's not the same old, same old, that this is something truly transformational and really moves the needle forward in terms of improving mobility options for all, especially disadvantaged communities.
So sharing Gordon, I just want to say thank you.
And by the way, great job serving as chair over the past year and a half.
Absolutely fabulous leadership.
Same with vice-chair Alvarado.
I'm so glad you're part of today's meeting.
I hope you're feeling well and congratulations to newly elected share.
We are eager and newly elected vice-chair carbon.
Pro Borodino.
I know the two of you are gonna keep the ball moving forward and it'll be great to see you lead the CTC.
So with that, thank you so much.
And just one final thing.
Thank you to Mitch, Tanisha and the entire CTC staff.
What an honor to work with all of you and collaborate with you over the past several years.
And also big thanks to all of our advocates, partners at the local and regional level.
Same thing.
It was so much fun to work with you and collaborate and to engage with you on the big issues of the day.
So with that, thank you so much for this time.
And I will miss all of you.
Anytime you are, please let me know.
It'd be great to great to catch up with you in-person.
Thank you so much, Secretary.
Kim, and I hope you safer.
This item fully.
And a few items in future today, because there are a lot of people who would like to say some things for you, leading that off.
Is an commissioner in management, duly elected chair and vice-chair, Alvarado.
Thank you, Chairman.
And great to see a secretary, Kim, We miss you already.
I just wanted to really re-emphasize.
The big thank you for your work on goods move within the supply chain.
Especially during this COVID journey, you engaged early, often consistently reaching out to various stakeholders.
And frankly, we all found we had more stakeholders, partners than we.
Knew we had.
And the challenges from the very first days of getting our federal partners to define the entire supply chain as essential, which when we quickly realize that having our waterfront as essential was one piece of the puzzle.
So, but we had a lot of partners that needed to be deemed essential as well.
So just really appreciate the spirit of cooperation and they can do and whether it was, you know, finding restrooms, getting food for our truckers, you know, working on the equipment.
The balance and, you know, the list, it was just okay.
What do we need to solve today?
And I really appreciate the can-do attitude.
You know, whether personal protective gear, the medical cargo that we all worked diligently to move and I'm not sure if we have your On with us, but I hope we do so.
Kim, I don't know if you realize the role that your son play didn't really keeping our state and our nation moving and functioning and moving medical cargo, moving food.
All of the essentials we all did our best with toilet paper.
Sometimes folks got a little carried away with their hording, but no, just seriously really want you to know.
And I've put it like in an unsung hero kind of category because the success we had is evidence of the work that was done and the fact that we were able to keep our communities functioning as best possible.
So and then not to take.
For ourselves too seriously.
And because our state does recycle and what you all to know that David had call me a GCS cell phone number.
So I for one was on a meeting thinking that I was texting Comey, who was on that Zoom with me.
But it was David and David was in another meeting.
The kept getting these messages from Fran thinking this makes no sense.
Finally, he said, premise and statement, you know, I think maybe you think that you should speaking to CoAs.
So in the spirit of Cooperation that was fun, I think that was one of my favorite news.
And then finally, just I know when you're gonna think about what's next, I'm gonna have to keep leaning on you on the goods movement we've only just begun.
Our federal