Governor pushes infrastructure plan locally

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL MONTE – With local and federal legislators at his side, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stood at the site of a railroad underpass construction project here on Friday and made a case for his proposal to raise $222 billion in state funds for infrastructure projects.The governor’s proposal came as “sticker shock” to many politicians when Schwarzenegger announced it during the State of the State address Thursday.With heavy machinery rumbling in the background Friday, Schwarzenegger said gridlock – especially in Southern California – is stifling the economy.“For too many people, gridlock has become a way of life,” he said. “The population in Southern California is expected to increase by 2 million in the next 10 years.”By spending billions to build better roads and railways, the state would jumpstart the economy, create jobs and make commutes faster, he said.The improvements were part of a “bigger vision,” in which Schwarzenegger calls for massive infrastructure spending, especially on schools and transportation.And the spending needs to start soon and be done all at once, he said.“We can’t do this piecemeal,” he said.He expects to pay for the increases by selling bonds and charging fees, such as a water tax and a charge for each shipping container that comes into state ports.One area conservative said the governor’s proposal caused him to “abandon all hope” that Schwarzenegger would be a fiscal conservative.“Not the way he wants to do it, $70 billion in loans, no reforms,” said Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly and a West Covina School Board Member.He said Schwarzenegger should have stuck to his guns and continued to streamline the government – even after being defeated during November’s special elections.“The Austrian oak is a French willow,” Spence said. “He ran for the hills.”But Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, who attended the press conference in El Monte, said Southern California needs transportation upgrades.Dreier called Southern California the “Silk Road of the third millennium,” pointing out that 40 percent of everything imported to the country comes through the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, most of it from China.The press conference was held in El Monte because the construction site is part of the Alameda Corridor East project, a plan to reduce the number of cars waiting for trains by building 150 railroad underpasses and overpasses in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.Schwarzenegger singled out ACE as the perfect example of the type of project state funds would support.Dreier said projects like the Alameda Corridor East are vital to the state’s economy.“I’m here to say this is a very important national project,” he said.Rick Richmond, the executive director of the Alameda Corridor East Construction Authority, said he likes Schwarzenegger’s proposal, but wonders how much it will change as it goes through the state legislature.ACE is five years into a $950 million project to divert roads over or under train tracks at 20 intersections in Los Angeles County. The agency has about half of the $950 million it needs to complete all the intersections.Richmond noted that Schwarzenegger’s proposal calls for private business, such as rail and shipping outfits, to split costs on any improvements.“Right now, it’s just a proposal,” he said. “But it’s the first indication that the governor would support user fees for the goods-movement industry. So, we’ll see what happens.” [email protected](626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Pakistan don’t stand a chance against India, says Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgLegendary batsman Sourav Ganguly lauded India’s strong team performance throughout the ICC Champions Trophy campaign and said that Pakistan are too worked up while playing against India and they don’t stand a chance in the final.”I just get a feeling that sometimes when they play India, either they are too worked up, they don’t stand a chance,” Ganguly said to India Today.WATCH FULL VIDEO “The Pakistan I saw against South Africa, Sri Lanka and even England, it’s not the Pakistan I see against India. I don’t know how there can be such a big difference between a side in a matter of one day or one game,” Ganguly added.Ganguly went on to praise India’s collective performance on the field and pointed at the strength the bowling setup has brought to the team.”India are too far ahead. They have looked a solid team. No holes, no weaknesses in this Indian side. Yes in the past it was like, India have a strong batting line-up but the fast bowling people would say India are not good enough to pick wickets but Indian fast bowling has just been superb.”   Ganguly said he felt that the final would be a one-sided affair with the Indian team shining bright yet again.”I’m just a little worried that the final may go the same way (India’s tournament opener against Pakistan.”I hope it’s a great final because you expect world titles to be fought very hard and I hope Pakistan stand up and compete,” Ganguly said.advertisementGanguly lauded Virat Kohli’s captaincy and said that even he knows that Team India is very much capable of overhauling Pakistan.”The way his team has played and responded, they have looked a class side, class apart from the rest and deep down I think he knows his side has got the capability to go past Pakistan, if they play well to their potential.”Ganguly said that in order to have any sort of footing in the game, Pakistan will have to bowl exactly the way they bowled to England in the semi-final and restrict India to 250.”They need to bowl the way they have. For them, if they have to win the game, they have to restrict India to 250, either way, batting first or bowling first and that’s the only way they can win this game.”So from that point of view, the only positive that Sarfraz has is their bowlers have done a remarkable job. Mohammed Amir will hopefully be back after the back spasm. Although the new kid Ruman Raees did exceptionally well in his first game and that’s what I said, they’ll just have to turn up and bowl exactly the way they did against England, the other day at Cardiff.”Ganguly further said that both the teams will want to chase as both will be comfortable with the idea of restricting the opposition considering their bowling attack.”Pakistan will also go the India way, win the toss and chase because they want to bowl first and restrict the opposition as they are a good bowling unit. Virat Kohli wants to go the same way.”Ganguly said both the teams will go with an unchanged XI except “may be Mohammed Amir will come back in place of Raees and the rest will remain the same.”last_img read more