Building California: Infrastructure Choices and Strategy

Report #199, January 2010
Building California: Infrastructure Choices and Strategy

Full Report

Executive Summary

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2010

For Additional Information Contact:
Stuart Drown, Executive Director
(916) 445-2125

Commission Says State Infrastructure Strategy Needed

The Little Hoover Commission issued recommendations on Thursday, January 28, 2010, urging the governor and the Legislature to rethink the state’s growing reliance on bonds to fund infrastructure projects and to instead take a more comprehensive and innovative approach to infrastructure planning and development. The Commission concludes that California must think harder and spend smarter on the roads, bridges, levees, schools, prisons and canals it builds. And it must take better care of its assets so that they continue to serve the Californians of tomorrow. In its report, Building California: Infrastructure Choices and Strategy, the Commission recommends creation of a statewide infrastructure strategic plan and process that assesses needs, establishes priorities, and integrates multiple state goals into the planning and delivery of infrastructure.

“If California is to emerge from the recession more economically competitive, state leaders must develop an infrastructure strategic plan that prioritizes the state’s most pressing needs and identifies new ways to pay for the billions of dollars of infrastructure the state will need,” Little Hoover Commission Chairman Daniel Hancock said.

Following its earlier study of how the state spends bond money, the Commission grew concerned about the growing use of bonds as the primary method of paying for infrastructure in recent years and the pressure that bond debt service places on the state’s general fund and by extension, other state programs. In this report, the Commission found that the way the state currently funds its infrastructure is inadequate to meet future demand. A lack of planning, along with methods of delivering infrastructure that fail to take advantage of the full range of options, contribute to the state’s inability to meet its growing infrastructure needs. The Commission also sees significant opportunity in how the state could deliver infrastructure through the expanded yet careful use of public-private partnerships.

In Building California: Infrastructure Choices and Strategy, the Commission recommends that the state:

  • Conduct statewide infrastructure strategic planning to assess and prioritize needs across state operations and create an infrastructure vision for California. The Legislature should expand the role of the Strategic Growth Council beyond its current coordination of state policies and activities for greenhouse gas reduction and sustainable regional planning to include infrastructure planning that supports both economic growth and the state’s environmental goals. The Legislature should establish an infrastructure planning committee in each house to provide a conduit for participating in creation of the infrastructure strategic plan and enacting legislative and budget measures to take action on the plan.
     
  • Restructure the process for delivering state infrastructure to reflect the true costs of the asset and the need to explore alternative ways to pay for new and ongoing infrastructure costs. The state should expand its options to deliver infrastructure, including generating more revenue through user fees and special taxes and understanding the life-cycle cost of an asset.
     
  • Increase efficiency of existing infrastructure. The state should expand the use of demand management strategies where appropriate to diminish the need to build added infrastructure and provide revenues to pay for maintenance, operations or creation of complementary infrastructure.
     
  • Increase its capacity for creating public-private partnerships at the state and local level to increase efficiency, reduce costs and speed delivery of projects where such an approach is appropriate. The governor and Legislature should be cautious in its approach to implementing public-private partnerships under recent legislation and ultimately should create a center of excellence to negotiate and implement partnerships on behalf of interested state and local agencies.
     

“It is time to develop a strategic plan to rebuild and expand the state’s infrastructure and develop better and more sustainable ways to provide for it,” said Chairman Hancock.

The Little Hoover Commission is a bipartisan and independent state agency charged with recommending ways to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of state programs. The Commission’s recommendations are sent to the governor and the Legislature. To obtain a copy of the report, Bond Spending: Expanding and Enhancing Oversight, contact the Commission or visit its Web site: www.lhc.ca.gov.

Fact Sheet

Study Description

For this study, the Commission reviewed California’s options for financing infrastructure projects. The Commission had a related study in progress – a review of oversight mechanisms for bond expenditures.  In that study, the Commission assessed whether adequate mechanisms exist to ensure money from voter-enacted infrastructure bond measures is spent efficiently and effectively. In its infrastructure review, the Commission explored broader policy issues including how the state identifies, analyzes and prioritizes infrastructure projects; available funding sources and finance mechanisms; and current and potential demand management practices.

Agenda

Overview

In this report, the Commission says a state infrastructure strategy is needed. Californians cannot continue to rely on bonds for financing infrastructure development and instead must create a longterm vision and process for prioritizing projects and coordinating cross-sector goals and activities.

During its review, the Commission found that investments in infrastructure lack an integrated strategy and adequate oversight and have relied too heavily on general obligation bonds. 

The Commission recommends tapping the Strategic Growth Council as a forum for planning and highlights the need to incorporate smart demand management practices and public-private partnerships where valuable.

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  • June 30
    2009
    Infrastructure Policy and Finance
    9:00 a.m., Legislative Counsel Conference Room, Lower Level, 925 L
    Subcommittee Meeting
    Public Notice

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 16, 2009

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Stuart Drown, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meetings

    Two subcommittees of the Little Hoover Commission will meet on June 30, 2009. The Infrastructure Policy and Finance Subcommittee will meet at 9 a.m. in the Legislative Counsel Conference Room in the lower level of 925 L Street in Sacramento. The meeting will highlight centers of excellence developed by British Columbia and Ontario to implement and oversee publicprivate partnerships, featuring representatives of Partnerships British Columbia and Infrastructure Ontario, as well as California economic development and infrastructure officials.

    The Water Governance Subcommittee will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the Legislative Counsel Conference Room in the lower level of 925 L Street in Sacramento. The meeting will serve as a briefing on water rights by representatives of the State Water Resources Control Board and the Department of Water Resources and will address California’s water rights permitting processes.

    All public notices for meetings are on the Commission’s Web site, www.lhc.ca.gov. If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Stuart Drown at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Tuesday, June 23, 2009.

  • May 28
    2009
    Infrastructure Policy and Finance
    9:00 a.m., State Capitol, Room 113, Sacramento, CA
    Public Hearing
    Agenda

    AGENDA

    Public Hearing on Infrastructure Policy and Finance
    Thursday, May 28, 2009, at 9:00 a.m.
    State Capitol, Room 113 
    Sacramento, CA


    Opening Remarks 

    Statewide Transportation Planning and Coordination With Local Jurisdictions

    1. Will Kempton, Director, California Department of Transportation (Written Testimony)
       

    Legislative Perspective on State Level Planning

    1. Alan Lowenthal, California State Senator and Chair of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee (Written Testimony)
       
    2. Bob Huff, California State Senator and Vice Chair of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee
       

    Smart Planning for Environmental Sustainability per AB 32 and SB 375

    1. Daniel Sperling, Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy and Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis 

    Public Comments

    Public Notice

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    May 20, 2009

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Stuart Drown, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meeting 

    On Thursday, May 28, 2009, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing on infrastructure policy and finance. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 113 of the State Capitol in Sacramento.

    In this study, the Commission is reviewing California’s process for planning, financing and delivering infrastructure. At this hearing the Commission will learn about state leadership in infrastructure planning and financing.

    The Commission will hear from the director of the Department of Transportation about statewide transportation planning and coordination with local jurisdictions. The Commission also will get a legislative perspective on infrastructure planning and prioritizing from two state legislators. Finally, a UC Davis professor and director of the school’s Institute of Transportation Studies will discuss planning for environmental sustainability and reducing green house gases as required by Assembly Bill 32 and Senate Bill 375.

    There will be an opportunity for public comment at the end of the hearing. The Commission also encourages written comments. A business meeting will follow the hearing.

    Following its hearing and business meeting, the Commission will meet for lunch at California Pizza Kitchen, 16th Street and L Street in Sacramento.

    All public notices for meetings are on the Commission’s Web site, www.lhc.ca.gov. If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Stuart Drown at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, May 21, 2009.

  • May 5
    2009
    Infrastructure Policy and Finance
    10 a.m., University of Southern California, Davidson Center, Califo
    Subcommittee Meeting
    Public Notice

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    April 22, 2009

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Stuart Drown, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meeting

    The Infrastructure Policy and Finance Subcommittee of the Little Hoover Commission will meet on May 5, 2009 at 10 a.m. in the California Room of the Davidson Center at the University of Southern California, located at 3415 South Figueroa in Los Angeles, to discuss issues surrounding local transportation infrastructure development in the Southern California region.

    All public notices for meetings are on the Commission’s Web site, www.lhc.ca.gov. If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Stuart Drown at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Friday, May 1, 2009.

  • March 26
    2009
    Infrastructure Policy and Finance
    9:00 a.m., State Capitol, Room 437, Sacramento, CA
    Public Hearing
    Agenda

    AGENDA

    Public Hearing on Infrastructure Policy and Finance
    Thursday, March 26, 2009, at 9:00 a.m.
    State Capitol, Room 437
    Sacramento, CA


    Opening Remarks

    Creative Financing and Project Delivery Methods

    1. Irene Walsh, Managing Director, Infrastructure & Project Finance Advisory, Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC (Written Testimony)
       

    ​​​​​Private Investor Interest and Participation

    1. Nick Hann, Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Holdings (USA) Inc. (Written Testimony)
       

    Examples of Public-Private Partnerships

    1. Robert Poole, Director of Transportation Studies, Reason Foundation (Written Testimony)
       

    Importance of Revenue in Infrastructure Development

    1. Richard Little, Director, Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy (Written Testimony)
       

    Funding Improvements in Transportation: Revenue Generation and Demand Management

    1. Martin Wachs, Director, Transportation, Space and Technology, RAND Corporation


    Public Comments

    Public Notice

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    March 12, 2009

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Stuart Drown, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meeting

    On Thursday, March 26, 2009, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing on infrastructure policy and finance. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 437 of the State Capitol in Sacramento.

    In this study, the Commission is reviewing California’s process for planning, financing and delivering infrastructure. At this hearing, the Commission will learn about alternative financing and delivery methods for infrastructure development, as well as private investor interest and participation. The Commission will hear about examples of innovatively financed projects in the United States and other countries, including new ways of obtaining revenue and managing demand on infrastructure systems. Most of these examples will be related to transportation.

    The Commission will hear testimony about creative financing and delivery methods from a representative of Deloitte Services LP consulting firm. The executive director of Macquarie North America will discuss private investor interest and participation. The director for transportation studies for the Reason Foundation will outline examples of public-private partnerships and discuss his experiences with various models. The director of the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy will discuss the importance of revenue in infrastructure projects. Finally, the director of transportation, space and technology for the RAND Corporation will discuss the need for a revenue source and the role that demand management practices can play in maximizing infrastructure resources.

    There will be an opportunity for public comment at the end of the hearing. The Commission also encourages written comments. A business meeting will follow the hearing.

    Also, the Commission will meet for dinner on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at 6 p.m. at Ella Dining Room and Bar at 1131 K Street in Sacramento.

    All public notices for meetings are on the Commission’s Web site, www.lhc.ca.gov. If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Stuart Drown at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, March 19, 2009.

  • February 26
    2009
    Infrastructure Policy and Finance
    9:00 a.m., State Capitol, Room 437, Sacramento, CA
    Public Hearing
    Agenda

    AGENDA

    Public Hearing on Infrastructure Policy and Finance
    Thursday, February 26, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. 
    State Capitol, Room 437 
    Sacramento, CA


    Opening Remarks

    Problems and Potential Reforms for Infrastructure Development

    1. Ellen Hanak, Director of Research and Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California (Written Testimony)
       
    2. David Dowall, Professor, Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California, Berkeley (Written Testimony)
       

    Innovations in Other States and Countries

    1. Ryan Orr, Executive Director, Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects, Stanford University (Written Testimony)
       

    Role of the Business Community

    1. Bill Hauck, President and Chief Executive, California Business Roundtable (Written Testimony)


    Role of Labor in Infrastructure Development

    1. Ted Toppin, Consultant, Professional Engineers of California Government (Written Testimony)
       
    2. Daniel Curtin, Director, California Conference of Carpenters (Written Testimony)
      ​​​​​​​

    Recent Efforts to Improve California's Infrastructure Development Process

    1. David Crane, Special Advisor on Jobs and Economic Growth, Office of the Governor (Written Testimony)
       
    2. Cynthia Bryant, Director, Governor's Office of Planning and Research
      ​​​​​​​

    Recent Efforts to Improve California's Infrastructure Development Process

    1. Karen Finn, Program Budget Manager, Department of Finance 
      ​​​​​​​

    Public Comments

    Public Notice

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 11, 2009

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Stuart Drown, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meeting

    On Thursday, February 26, 2009, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing on infrastructure policy and finance. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 437 of the State Capitol in Sacramento.

    In this study, the Commission seeks to learn about the state’s process for identifying, selecting and prioritizing infrastructure projects; methods of financing and delivering those projects; and, demand management policies and practices to ensure efficient and effective use of resources. At this hearing, the Commission will identify challenges and discuss the state’s existing process for planning and facilitating infrastructure development in California.

    The Commission will hear testimony about the problems and potential reforms for infrastructure development from the director of research at the Public Policy Institute of California and the director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Development at the University of California, Berkeley. The executive director of the Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects at Stanford University will discuss innovations in other states and countries. The president of the California Business Roundtable will provide testimony on the role of the business community. A panel of experts representing the Professional Engineers of California Government and the California Conference of Carpenters will discuss the role of labor in infrastructure development. Next, the Commission will hear testimony from representatives of Governor Schwarzenegger’s office on the administration’s efforts to improve California’s infrastructure development process. Finally, staff from the Department of Finance will discuss California’s current planning process.

    There will be an opportunity for public comment at the end of the hearing. The Commission also encourages written comments. A business meeting will follow the hearing.

    All public notices for meetings are on the Commission’s Web site, www.lhc.ca.gov. If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Stuart Drown at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, February 19, 2009.

  • January 22
    2009
    Infrastructure Policy and Finance
    1:30 p.m., Legislative Counsel’s Conference Room, Lower Level, 925
    Subcommittee Meeting
    Public Notice

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    January 8, 2009

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Stuart Drown, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meetings

    On Thursday, January 22, 2009, the Little Hoover Commission will hold a business meeting beginning at noon in Room 437 of the State Capitol in Sacramento.

    In addition, the Infrastructure Financing Subcommittee of the Little Hoover Commission will meet on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. in the Legislative Counsel’s Conference Room located on the lower level of 925 L Street in Sacramento. The subcommittee will discuss options for financing infrastructure projects in California.

    All public notices for meetings are on the Commission’s Web site, www.lhc.ca.gov. If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Stuart Drown at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, January 15, 2009.

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  • June 30
    2009
    Infrastructure Policy and Finance
    9:00 a.m., Legislative Counsel Conference Room, Lower Level, 925 L
    Subcommittee Meeting
    Public Notice

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 16, 2009

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Stuart Drown, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meetings

    Two subcommittees of the Little Hoover Commission will meet on June 30, 2009. The Infrastructure Policy and Finance Subcommittee will meet at 9 a.m. in the Legislative Counsel Conference Room in the lower level of 925 L Street in Sacramento. The meeting will highlight centers of excellence developed by British Columbia and Ontario to implement and oversee publicprivate partnerships, featuring representatives of Partnerships British Columbia and Infrastructure Ontario, as well as California economic development and infrastructure officials.

    The Water Governance Subcommittee will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the Legislative Counsel Conference Room in the lower level of 925 L Street in Sacramento. The meeting will serve as a briefing on water rights by representatives of the State Water Resources Control Board and the Department of Water Resources and will address California’s water rights permitting processes.

    All public notices for meetings are on the Commission’s Web site, www.lhc.ca.gov. If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Stuart Drown at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Tuesday, June 23, 2009.

  • May 28
    2009
    Infrastructure Policy and Finance
    9:00 a.m., State Capitol, Room 113, Sacramento, CA
    Public Hearing
    Agenda

    AGENDA

    Public Hearing on Infrastructure Policy and Finance
    Thursday, May 28, 2009, at 9:00 a.m.
    State Capitol, Room 113 
    Sacramento, CA


    Opening Remarks 

    Statewide Transportation Planning and Coordination With Local Jurisdictions

    1. Will Kempton, Director, California Department of Transportation (Written Testimony)
       

    Legislative Perspective on State Level Planning

    1. Alan Lowenthal, California State Senator and Chair of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee (Written Testimony)
       
    2. Bob Huff, California State Senator and Vice Chair of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee
       

    Smart Planning for Environmental Sustainability per AB 32 and SB 375

    1. Daniel Sperling, Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy and Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis 

    Public Comments

    Public Notice

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    May 20, 2009

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Stuart Drown, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meeting 

    On Thursday, May 28, 2009, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing on infrastructure policy and finance. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 113 of the State Capitol in Sacramento.

    In this study, the Commission is reviewing California’s process for planning, financing and delivering infrastructure. At this hearing the Commission will learn about state leadership in infrastructure planning and financing.

    The Commission will hear from the director of the Department of Transportation about statewide transportation planning and coordination with local jurisdictions. The Commission also will get a legislative perspective on infrastructure planning and prioritizing from two state legislators. Finally, a UC Davis professor and director of the school’s Institute of Transportation Studies will discuss planning for environmental sustainability and reducing green house gases as required by Assembly Bill 32 and Senate Bill 375.

    There will be an opportunity for public comment at the end of the hearing. The Commission also encourages written comments. A business meeting will follow the hearing.

    Following its hearing and business meeting, the Commission will meet for lunch at California Pizza Kitchen, 16th Street and L Street in Sacramento.

    All public notices for meetings are on the Commission’s Web site, www.lhc.ca.gov. If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Stuart Drown at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, May 21, 2009.

  • May 5
    2009
    Infrastructure Policy and Finance
    10 a.m., University of Southern California, Davidson Center, Califo
    Subcommittee Meeting
    Public Notice

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    April 22, 2009

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Stuart Drown, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meeting

    The Infrastructure Policy and Finance Subcommittee of the Little Hoover Commission will meet on May 5, 2009 at 10 a.m. in the California Room of the Davidson Center at the University of Southern California, located at 3415 South Figueroa in Los Angeles, to discuss issues surrounding local transportation infrastructure development in the Southern California region.

    All public notices for meetings are on the Commission’s Web site, www.lhc.ca.gov. If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Stuart Drown at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Friday, May 1, 2009.

  • March 26
    2009
    Infrastructure Policy and Finance
    9:00 a.m., State Capitol, Room 437, Sacramento, CA
    Public Hearing
    Agenda

    AGENDA

    Public Hearing on Infrastructure Policy and Finance
    Thursday, March 26, 2009, at 9:00 a.m.
    State Capitol, Room 437
    Sacramento, CA


    Opening Remarks

    Creative Financing and Project Delivery Methods

    1. Irene Walsh, Managing Director, Infrastructure & Project Finance Advisory, Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC (Written Testimony)
       

    ​​​​​Private Investor Interest and Participation

    1. Nick Hann, Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Holdings (USA) Inc. (Written Testimony)
       

    Examples of Public-Private Partnerships

    1. Robert Poole, Director of Transportation Studies, Reason Foundation (Written Testimony)
       

    Importance of Revenue in Infrastructure Development

    1. Richard Little, Director, Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy (Written Testimony)
       

    Funding Improvements in Transportation: Revenue Generation and Demand Management

    1. Martin Wachs, Director, Transportation, Space and Technology, RAND Corporation


    Public Comments

    Public Notice

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    March 12, 2009

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Stuart Drown, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meeting

    On Thursday, March 26, 2009, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing on infrastructure policy and finance. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 437 of the State Capitol in Sacramento.

    In this study, the Commission is reviewing California’s process for planning, financing and delivering infrastructure. At this hearing, the Commission will learn about alternative financing and delivery methods for infrastructure development, as well as private investor interest and participation. The Commission will hear about examples of innovatively financed projects in the United States and other countries, including new ways of obtaining revenue and managing demand on infrastructure systems. Most of these examples will be related to transportation.

    The Commission will hear testimony about creative financing and delivery methods from a representative of Deloitte Services LP consulting firm. The executive director of Macquarie North America will discuss private investor interest and participation. The director for transportation studies for the Reason Foundation will outline examples of public-private partnerships and discuss his experiences with various models. The director of the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy will discuss the importance of revenue in infrastructure projects. Finally, the director of transportation, space and technology for the RAND Corporation will discuss the need for a revenue source and the role that demand management practices can play in maximizing infrastructure resources.

    There will be an opportunity for public comment at the end of the hearing. The Commission also encourages written comments. A business meeting will follow the hearing.

    Also, the Commission will meet for dinner on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at 6 p.m. at Ella Dining Room and Bar at 1131 K Street in Sacramento.

    All public notices for meetings are on the Commission’s Web site, www.lhc.ca.gov. If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Stuart Drown at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, March 19, 2009.

  • February 26
    2009
    Infrastructure Policy and Finance
    9:00 a.m., State Capitol, Room 437, Sacramento, CA
    Public Hearing
    Agenda

    AGENDA

    Public Hearing on Infrastructure Policy and Finance
    Thursday, February 26, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. 
    State Capitol, Room 437 
    Sacramento, CA


    Opening Remarks

    Problems and Potential Reforms for Infrastructure Development

    1. Ellen Hanak, Director of Research and Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California (Written Testimony)
       
    2. David Dowall, Professor, Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California, Berkeley (Written Testimony)
       

    Innovations in Other States and Countries

    1. Ryan Orr, Executive Director, Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects, Stanford University (Written Testimony)
       

    Role of the Business Community

    1. Bill Hauck, President and Chief Executive, California Business Roundtable (Written Testimony)


    Role of Labor in Infrastructure Development

    1. Ted Toppin, Consultant, Professional Engineers of California Government (Written Testimony)
       
    2. Daniel Curtin, Director, California Conference of Carpenters (Written Testimony)
      ​​​​​​​

    Recent Efforts to Improve California's Infrastructure Development Process

    1. David Crane, Special Advisor on Jobs and Economic Growth, Office of the Governor (Written Testimony)
       
    2. Cynthia Bryant, Director, Governor's Office of Planning and Research
      ​​​​​​​

    Recent Efforts to Improve California's Infrastructure Development Process

    1. Karen Finn, Program Budget Manager, Department of Finance 
      ​​​​​​​

    Public Comments

    Public Notice

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 11, 2009

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Stuart Drown, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meeting

    On Thursday, February 26, 2009, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing on infrastructure policy and finance. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 437 of the State Capitol in Sacramento.

    In this study, the Commission seeks to learn about the state’s process for identifying, selecting and prioritizing infrastructure projects; methods of financing and delivering those projects; and, demand management policies and practices to ensure efficient and effective use of resources. At this hearing, the Commission will identify challenges and discuss the state’s existing process for planning and facilitating infrastructure development in California.

    The Commission will hear testimony about the problems and potential reforms for infrastructure development from the director of research at the Public Policy Institute of California and the director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Development at the University of California, Berkeley. The executive director of the Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects at Stanford University will discuss innovations in other states and countries. The president of the California Business Roundtable will provide testimony on the role of the business community. A panel of experts representing the Professional Engineers of California Government and the California Conference of Carpenters will discuss the role of labor in infrastructure development. Next, the Commission will hear testimony from representatives of Governor Schwarzenegger’s office on the administration’s efforts to improve California’s infrastructure development process. Finally, staff from the Department of Finance will discuss California’s current planning process.

    There will be an opportunity for public comment at the end of the hearing. The Commission also encourages written comments. A business meeting will follow the hearing.

    All public notices for meetings are on the Commission’s Web site, www.lhc.ca.gov. If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Stuart Drown at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, February 19, 2009.

  • January 22
    2009
    Infrastructure Policy and Finance
    1:30 p.m., Legislative Counsel’s Conference Room, Lower Level, 925
    Subcommittee Meeting
    Public Notice

    PUBLIC NOTICE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    January 8, 2009

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Stuart Drown, Executive Director
    (916) 445-2125

    Notice of Meetings

    On Thursday, January 22, 2009, the Little Hoover Commission will hold a business meeting beginning at noon in Room 437 of the State Capitol in Sacramento.

    In addition, the Infrastructure Financing Subcommittee of the Little Hoover Commission will meet on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. in the Legislative Counsel’s Conference Room located on the lower level of 925 L Street in Sacramento. The subcommittee will discuss options for financing infrastructure projects in California.

    All public notices for meetings are on the Commission’s Web site, www.lhc.ca.gov. If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Stuart Drown at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, January 15, 2009.