Mobility 21 boosts advocacy into high-gear during legislative season

Mobility 21 members have already hit the ground running this year with efforts at the local, state and federal levels. Through an active speakers bureau program and several trips to Sacramento and Washington, D.C. planned, Mobility 21 is engaging new Coalition members and forging strong partnerships to keep transportation at the forefront of our state and nationʼs priorities.

Check out what weʼve been up to:

  • Jan. 14: Executive Director Marnie OʼBrien Primmer interviewed by Charter Local Editionʼs Tracy Young on House Rules changes and the future of state transportation funding
  • Jan. 20: Presentation to the California Marine Affairs & Navigation Conference on goods movement and priorities for a national freight policy
  • Jan. 24: Presentation to the Four Corners Policy Committee on building regional consensus
  • Jan. 26: Presentation to the California Marine and Intermodal Transportation System Advisory Council on state and federal funding issues
  • Feb. 8: Mobility 21 Board and Advisory Members head to Sacramento to weigh in on gas tax swap reenactment
  • Feb. 15-17: Mobility 21 advocacy trip to Washington, D.C.

Want to get involved?
“In the coming months, if Mobility 21 sends an action alert, I urge you to make your voice heard,” said Primmer. “Make a call, write an e-mail or sign a petition. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.”

California legislators urged to pass gas tax swap legislation again

Mobility 21 Coalition members and partner agencies have revved up advocacy recently on an important transportation issue. Due to provisions in Propositions 22 and 26, the gas tax swap passed by legislators last year must be voted on again and passed with a two-thirds majority. Without reenactment, transportation will lose out on as much as $2.5 billion annually causing delays to transportation projects in every county and slowing our stateʼs economic recovery.

After Mobility 21 and other transportation groups joined forces last week to reach key lawmakers, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee heard us loud and clear: protect transportation funding or risk significant project delays and job losses.

Our work is not over. Mobility 21 urges you to communicate your support for the reenactment of the gas tax swap to your elected representatives. Our focus will be on educating new members of the legislature and returning members who may not realize the true implications of not taking action. Watch for updates in the coming weeks on this critical issue to protect highway and transit funds.

Sound off about transportation

Now more than ever, Mobility 21 Coalition members must speak up for transportation. Have you had to lay off workers? Been laid off? Had a contract or P.O. delayed? Had to stop work on an ongoing project? We want to hear about it! Lawmakers need to see and hear from the people impacted by their decisions.

Sound off on our Facebook page or e-mail Kristin Slocum, Mobility 21 Communications Manager. With your permission, weʼll share your stories with legislators during our advocacy trips.

The site of the 2011 Mobility 21 Summit, the JW Marriott at L.A. is situated in the hear of Los Angeles, close to transit and many attractions.

Mobility 21ʼs Summit heads to Los Angeles for tenth anniversary

Celebrating a decade in bringing together elected officials, transportation providers, businesses and community leaders to develop solutions to our region’s toughest transportation issues, Mobility 21 is heading back to Los Angeles where it all started for its tenth annual Southern California Transportation Summit.

After hosting the largest Summit in its history last October, this yearʼs Summit will be held on Friday, Sept. 30 at the brand new JW Marriott at L.A. Live. The full-day event will feature morning and afternoon breakout sessions, three general sessions, an expansive transportation expo, 2011 Mobility 21 Award winners, cutting edge information and exciting speakers from around the nation. Sponsorship opportunities will be announced soon.

Have ideas about topics or speakers for this year’s Summit? E-mail us!

Mechanic Keith Nielsen readies Metro’s last diesel bus for retirement, making Metro the first major transit agency in the world that has a fleet comprised entirely of clean-burning buses. That includes 2,221 buses that run on compressed natural gas, six gas-electric hybrids and one bus that is fully electric. Photo: Metro/Juan Ocampo

Metro retires last diesel bus

During a press conference this month, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) retired its last diesel bus. Metro is the first major transit agency in the world to have a fleet of buses completely run on alternative fuels.

“What Metro has achieved transcends Los Angeles County,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Don Knabe. “We proved from both a technical and economic standpoint that a large transit agency can operate with alternative clean burning fuels and this has led many other transit agencies to follow our lead. Likewise, what Metro is doing to tap solar energy, recycle and build green facilities is raising the bar for the industry. That’s good for our customers, taxpayers and the environment.”

Click here to read the press release.

Measure M1 allocates all sales tax revenues to specific Orange County transportation improvement projects in three major areas freeways, streets, roads and transit.

Join us in commemorating sunset of Orange Countyʼs Measure M1

Marking an important milestone for Orange County, March 31 is the sunset of Measure M1 and the beginning of Measure M2 – Orange Countyʼs voter approved half-cent sales tax for transportation. To commemorate the achievements and transportation benefits of Measure M1 and to build on the momentum of success in the future of Measure M2, Mobility 21 is co-hosting a reception with the Orange County Business Councilʼs OCMoves and WTS Orange County.

“Measure M1 has been instrumental in delivering the necessary transportation improvements to keep Orange County moving,” said Will Kempton, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) CEO and Mobility 21 Chairman. “With funding constraints in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., our half-cent sales tax investment has yielded tremendous benefits for the traveling public as well as businesses that rely on an effective infrastructure to keep Southern California moving.”

Save the date of Thursday, March 31 to attend this special event with guests who contributed to the success of Measure M1, including past and present OCTA board members, Mobility 21 board members, OCTA CEO Will Kempton, former OCTA CEOs and other dignitaries.

Mobility 21 to co-host reception honoring California Transportation Commissioners

Together with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), Mobility 21 will host a reception for the California Transportation Commission (CTC) honoring their dedication to keeping Californians moving, even amidst challenging economic times.

Join us on March 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at San Diegoʼs Copley Symphony Hall for an evening of networking with transportation professionals and elected officials.

Sponsorship opportunities available. E-mail Marnie O’Brien Primmer for more details.

USC to host largest green construction management symposium on West Coast

The University of Southern California (USC) Associated General Contractors (AGC) Student Chapter will host its annual Construction Management Symposium on Thursday, April 21 at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live. Focusing on sustainability in transportation, the Symposium includes a reception, dinner and a series of speakers. Each year, the event attracts a multitude of individuals from the engineering industry as well as developers, lawyers, government officials and many more.

Metro CEO and Mobility 21 Board member Art Leahy will be honored with a 2011 USC Visionary Award during the Symposium. Speakers this year include past Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, California High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Roelof van Ark, Secretary of Transportation and House Agency Dale Bonner and Executive Director of Caltrans Cindy McKim.

If Mobility 21 members register by Monday, Feb. 28, a 20 percent discount will be given off the ticket price. To register for the event, use the discount code M21Discount at checkout.

Sponsorship opportunities available.


Thursday, Feb. 3
OCBC: Annual Dinner and Installation of 2011 Board of Directors
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Wednesday, Feb. 9
WTS Los Angeles: Small Business Speaker Series
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Wednesday, Feb. 16
WTS Orange County luncheon: Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority CEO Rick Richmond
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Tuesday, Feb. 22
WTS Los Angeles: Metro Planning Update with Martha Welborne, Executive Director of Countywide Planning
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Wednesday, March 23
Mobility 21 & SANDAG: Reception honoring members of the California Transportation Commission

Thursday, March 31
Mobility 21, OCBC’s OCMoves & WTS-OC: Measure M1 Completion Celebration
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March 30 – 31
World Research Group: Green Energy Technology Conference
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March 31 – April 1
IEEP: Inland Empire Quality of Life Summit
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Thursday, April 21
USC / AGC Construction Management Symposium: Sustainability in Transportation
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Friday, Sept. 30
Mobility 21: Annual Transportation Summit
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