California leaders call for infrastructure funding for economy's sake

California Gov. Jerry Brown and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins visited the Port of Oakland and warned that the state's economy will be at risk without road and other transportation improvements.

Approximately 70 people attended the event at the Port of Oakland, eager to find support for solutions to fix the faltering transportation infrastructure.

“It’s fundamental that California be able to move goods and people in a modern, efficient way,” Brown said. “This is critical to California prosperity.”

The timing of the press conference coincides with the state Legislature’s recent special session, which concerned funds sought for transportation improvements to highways and other roads, as well as other infrastructure needs.

“We can’t have a thriving economy if we can’t keep people and goods moving,” Atkins said.

“Our infrastructure is aging and in need of public and private investment to help ports and other parts of the supply chain remain competitive,” Board of Port Commissioners Vice President Michael Colbruno said. “We’re hopeful that the Legislature is on a path that again prioritizes freight and transportation solutions in its special session.”

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