Assembly Bill 935 Hearing Set for Wednesday

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Folks in Antioch should make plans to attend Wednesdays San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) hearing on Assembly Bill No. 935 .  The meeting begins at 1:30 pm at the State Capital in Room 127. The Bill was authored by Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) and Coauthored by Susan Bonilla (D-Concord).  The bill is aimed at giving Contra Costa County and others a voice in water issues.

For Antioch, this could be a huge win when it comes to decisions made about a proposed ferry.

The bill would expand the number of members appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules and the Speaker of the Assembly to 2 members each. The bill would require that the initial terms of the additional members appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules and the Speaker of the Assembly pursuant to its provisions shall be 2 years and 6 years, respectively. The bill would also require that the 3 members appointed by the Governor be a resident of the County of Contra Costa selected from a list of 3 nominees provided by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, a resident of the County of San Mateo selected from a list of 3 nominees provided by the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, and a resident of the County of Solano selected from a list of 3 nominees provided by the Solano Transportation Authority. The bill would require the Governor to appoint a resident of the county of one of these transportation authorities that fails to submit a list of 3 nominees to the Governor within 45 days of a vacancy.

Existing law provides for a board of directors of the Authority, 3 members of which are appointed by the Governor and one each by the Senate Committee on Rules and the Speaker of the Assembly. Directors serve 6-year terms.

Current WETA board members include:

  • Charlene Haught Johnson (Governors Appointee)
  •  Anthony J. Intintoli Jr (Governors Appointee)
  • Gerald Bellows (Governors Appointee)
  • Beverly Johnson (Senate Rules Committee Appointee)
  • Timothy Donovan (Assembly Committee on Rules Appointee)

More information on AB 935
http://leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=ab_935&sess=CUR&house=B