Artesia, CA — (November 5, 2016) – Through the #RebuildSoCal Project and their newly launched website, (http://www.rebuildsocal.org), the Southern California Partnership for Jobs (SCPFJ) is educating and informing citizens of Southern California that voting “Yes” for these important Measures not only helps improve infrastructure, but will reduce traffic congestion and interconnect transportation systems. And the passage of these measures will offer a pipeline of well paying jobs and careers in construction.
Based on the latest economic forecast by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan—better known as Measure M–would add 465,690 new jobs across the region. Measures A, AA and J would also impact SoCal employment.
John Hakel, Executive Director of SCPFJ, notes the partnership between #RebuildSoCal Project and the local measures is so important right now because, “never before in the history of the State of California has the state of the infrastructure system been in such disrepair.”
Measure M would raise the countywide sales tax by a half cent, ultimately generating $120 billion over the first 40 years that would go toward infrastructure projects and create good, middle-class construction jobs. In addition, the passage of this measure will also improve freeway traffic flow, repave local streets and earthquake-retrofit bridges.
Measure A, called the San Diego County Road Repair, Transit, Traffic Relief, Safety and Water Quality measure, would generate $18 billion over 40 years utilizing local labor to fund projects to fill potholes, reduce traffic congestion, expand transportation and clean up polluted water runoff.
In Ventura County, passage of Measure AA would generate $2.1 billion over 30 years to address long-term transportation needs. Funds stay local in an effort to repave streets, repair bridges and other infrastructure projects. Jobs created for work on these projects will help boost the local economy.
The passage of Measure J in San Luis Obispo County would generate an estimated $25 million a year over nine years for a total of $225 million. All of the revenue from Measure J will stay in SLO county improving the region’s transportation system by fixing potholes, repaving local streets, relieving traffic congestion and improving street, highway and bridge safety.
About Southern California Partnership for Jobs
The Southern California Partnership for Jobs (SCPFJ) is a partnership between organized labor and construction management that represents more than 2750 construction firms that employ more than 90,000 union workers in the 12 counties of Southern California.
The Partnership advocates responsible investment in public infrastructure projects to help fix Southern California’s aging transportation, water, sewer and storm drain systems, while building for our future needs and economic growth.
Additional information can be found at: http://www.rebuildsocal.org