Covering all things infrastructure and construction-related.

The Rebuild SoCal Zone Podcast will educate the public on the need for infrastructure and construction spending, highlight projects within Southern California that will help improve the local economy and quality of life.

New episodes will be available once a month at the outset. Each episode will be moderated by RebuildSoCal Partnership Executive Director, John Hakel and will be available on iTunes, Spotify, google play and other popular podcast platforms.


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John Hakel – Executive Director

John Hakel is the Executive Director at Rebuild Southern California Partnership. The partnership comprised of 2750 construction firms who employ more than 90,000 union workers in the 12 counties of Southern California. Under John’s leadership, RSCP has grown from a newly established organization to a name that elected officials and the top leaders in the infrastructure world have come to recognize and want to be involved with.

Co – Host (Transportation)

Carol Church

Carol Church serves as the Director of Operations & Transportation for Rebuild Southern California Partnership. Carol joined the Partnership in 2016 where she has worked side by side with Executive Director, John Hakel. During her tenure with Rebuild Southern California Partnership, Church has been instrumental in the growth and increased the prestige of the partnership.

Co – Host (Water)

Marci Stanage

Marci Stanage serves as the Director of Water and Environmental Relations for the Rebuild Southern California Partnership.

The Rebuild SoCal Zone spoke with Los Angeles County Business Federation’s Co-Founder and CEO, Tracy Hernandez. We talk about some of the hot topics from BizFed’s 3rd annual Sacramento Week, such as Broadband, Transportation, and Energy Reliability.

This week we spoke with the wonderful Lieutenant Governor of California, Eleni Kounalakis. Our discussion included the current “state of the state,” stimulus packages, and workforce development in regards to infrastructure.

CA fact sources:

See California Ports

See California Bridges


LA Times – Water Shortage

Maps of Word – California Airports

In this episode, we speak with LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner. We discuss everything from Measure RR to how to reopen schools safely. DISCLAIMER: This episode was pre-recorded on January 13th, 2021 and now some of the information, details, and statistics may have changed.

On this week’s episode, we sat down with Chairwoman of Metropolitan Water District, Gloria Gray. Our discussion on the future of MWD, and what types of projects we can expect in the next couple of years and her vision for the future of the water industry.

On this week’s episode, we will be talking with Kelly Candaele. Mr. Candaele is our videographer for documenting projects throughout Southern California for the Partnership. Kelly has filmed all of our videos for the SB1 video docu-series, which can be found here. //rebuildsocal.org/videos/ 

We also talk about Kelly’s experience while filming on job sites and the stories he has from them. Lastly, Kelly discusses how the world we are living in today is similar to the world Alexander Hamilton would have wanted. Enjoy!

On this episode, we are speaking with several titans of the construction industry. We discuss their life, career, and their vision for the industry’s future, as well as the Partnerships. Please enjoy!

This week we will be speaking with nationwide economist Dr. Chris Thornberg, founder of Beacon Economics. During this episode, we discuss economic recovery from COVID-19, what this means for the country and in particular Southern California, and what the future holds.

Rebuild SoCal Partnership consists of 2,750 contractors, 90,000+ union workers, along with 3 unions and numerous construction trade associations.  The Partnership is dedicated to working with elected officials and educating the public on the continued need for essential infrastructure funding including airports, bridges, ports, rail, roads and water. Located in Anaheim, CA. The podcast will discuss up and coming construction trends and projects in Southern California that will affect your community and your life.