Monday, August 30, 2010

Boxer Touts 30/10 Plan To Supporters

Senator Barbara Boxer, who is facing a tough re-election fight, is 100% in with the 30/10 Initiative to speed up all twelve Measure R transportation projects in Los Angeles County. This support was evident in a recent email she sent to supporters. Here is the full text of the email:

August 30, 2010
Dear Friend:

Recently I was pleased to join a lively group of more than a thousand working people, community activists, and labor and transportation leaders rallying in downtown Los Angeles in support of job creation in California.

The rally focused on the urgent need to implement the “30/10 Plan,” which will build a dozen major transit projects in Los Angeles County over the next decade and create more than 160,000 jobs.

I am proud to be a strong supporter of the 30/10 Plan, which will create jobs in Los Angeles, build our transportation system more quickly, and reduce congestion, pollution, and America’s dependence on foreign oil.

As Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, I have focused on 30/10 in hearings and in my discussions with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

This spring I asked Secretary LaHood to help me get the 30/10 Plan moving forward. He has worked to accelerate development of the Westside Extension – a key 30/10 project known as the “Subway to the Sea” - and is continuing to work with me on finding every opportunity under current law to move ahead with 30/10.

As we develop the new transportation law, we have the opportunity to reform current programs – using 30/10 as a model – to leverage resources, create more jobs, and accelerate construction of the transit systems, roads, and other facilities that our communities need in California and across the country.

We’re also moving ahead with transportation projects funded by the Economic Recovery Act, which has brought more than $5 billion in transportation investments to our state and put hundreds of thousands of Californians back to work.

We all know that these are very tough times for California, with far too many people out of work. Be assured that I will keep working and will do whatever it takes to get us to better times for our state and our nation. We still have a long way to go, but the 30/10 Plan is an important step in the right direction.


Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

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