Congressman John Garamendi

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Congressman Garamendi Meets with Regional Transportation Officials

January 8, 2010
Press Release

Northern California’s Only Representative on the House
Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Pledges to Fight
for Every Last Penny to Improve Transit throughout the Region

Congressman Garamendi Tours a Transportation Construction Site in Solano County.
From Left to Right: PB America Construction Manager Michael Scott, Suisun City
Mayor Pete Sanchez,Congressman John Garamendi, Dixon Mayor Jack Batchelor, STA
Director of Projects Janet Adams, Caltrans District 4 Director Bijan Sartipi, Caltrans
District 4 Division Chief Project Management North Bay Doanh Nguyen, and
Solano County Board of Supervisors Chair John Vasquez.

ANTIOCH/FAIRFIELD, CA – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek) met with regional transportation leaders and elected officials in Solano and Contra Costa counties yesterday and today for a series of comprehensive meetings and site visits to develop an even more intimate understanding of the transportation needs of the 10th Congressional District and Northern California.

"Understanding the specific federal needs of our counties and cities will be of incredible importance when I return to Washington," said Congressman Garamendi, Northern California’s only representative on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. "I am not shy about telling my Congressional colleagues that California is the nation’s largest and most important economy. National recovery begins in California, and our transportation needs must be met to make that happen."

Congressman Garamendi met with a number of regional agencies, including Bay Area Rapid Transit, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Caltrans, Solano Transportation Authority, and Contra Costa Transportation Authority. He also met with Antioch Mayor Jim Davis, Dixon Mayor Jack Batchelor, Oakley Mayor Pat Anderson, Suisun City Mayor Pete Sanchez, and Solano County Board of Supervisors Chair John Vasquez.

"I’m also here to make sure people in my district are getting their fair share of stimulus funds," Congressman Garamendi added. "I saw with my own eyes that the Recovery Act and other jobs bills are putting people back to work, but I am deeply troubled by recent reports that suggest stimulus funds are being delayed at the state level. I expect immediate action and I will continue to closely monitor the situation."

Yesterday, Congressman Garamendi visited a number of worksites in Solano County, including the North Connector in Fairfield that will link Business Center Drive in Cordelia with Abernathy Road. The Congressman also toured the Meyer Corporation (makers of KitchenAid) facility in Fairfield, which has been able to expand and hire workers in part through block grants provided by the federal government a decade ago. He also met with leadership at Travis Air Force Base and ate lunch with airmen at the mess hall.

Today, Congressman Garamendi examined a number of points of interest in Contra Costa County with BART, including sites along the proposed eBART expansion to Antioch. Congressman Garamendi is also meeting with constituents at an open house at the grand opening of his new office in Walnut Creek.

"I've enjoyed spending this week talking with local leaders and residents in our District to better understand their needs and concerns," Garamendi added. “It's an honor to serve the people of the 10th Congressional District, and as I travel around our neighborhoods and communities I am continually reminded why I love being a public servant. I will always be a district-focused representative."

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