2018 candidates for governor on transportation and land use

TransForm teamed up with friends at MoveLA, Streetsblog CA, Public Advocates, San Francisco Transit Riders, and Friends of Caltrain to ask the people running to be our next governor about transportation and land use, with input from the public to help shape the questions. We sent questions to seven candidates, and received responses from five (John Cox and Travis Allen did not respond to our inquiries).

As 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, we cannot endorse nor support candidates for office. We are providing this educational information to elevate transportation issues in this gubernatorial election and inform voters about where all the candidates stand on the issues we care about.

Below you’ll find extremely brief summaries of our questions and each candidate’s answer, which we hope will entice you to read their full responses. The brief summaries are not fully representative of the candidates’ complete responses, and should not be understood as such or cited as direct quotes from the candidates.

See where the candidates stand:

 

John ChiangJohn Chiang

From the campaign: John Chiang is the only person in California history to hold the state’s three elected financial offices, and the only candidate you can trust to implement a progressive vision for California with honesty and integrity.
https://johnchiang.com/

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Transportation accomplishment
Chairs the agency that issues revenue bonds for transportation as Treasurer.
Transportation priorities or vision
Has the financial management experience to plan and budget for a transportation system that works for everyone.
How to achieve CA's climate goals
No new fossil-fuel cars sold in CA by 2035.
How to promote walking, biking, public transit
Carrots and sticks to end ‘fiscalized land uses’ and exclusionary local zoning policies, increase TOD and involve communities in planning.
How to ensure equity, health, opportunity for all
Prioritize projects for underfunded communities, improve connectivity, discounted fares, employer-provided transportation benefits, affordable housing.
State Rail Plan and High-Speed Rail
Find private investors for HSR during first term in office.
Regulations for emerging technology
Adapt to new technology and continue to adequately fund public transportation and invest in accessible public infrastructure that benefits all residents.
Transit-oriented development and housing affordability
End exclusionary local zoning policies that block affordable housing, especially in high-capacity transit areas; resurrect and reimagine local redevelopment programs.
Continue current cap-and-trade expenditures
Yes for public transit, high speed rail, and the AHSC program, plus green bonds to further finance more sustainable future.
 

 

Delaine EastinDelaine Eastin

From the campaign: Delaine is the only woman elected State Superintendent, responsible for 40% of the state budget. She served four terms in the Assembly, and was a Union City Councilwoman. Former College Professor, Non-profit CEO, Corporate Planner and Accounting Manager. BA, UC Davis; MA, UC Santa Barbara.
www.DelaineForGovernor.com
delaine@DelaineForGovernor.com
 

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Transportation accomplishment
Passed AB 3744 while in the Assembly, which allowed counties to contract out work on locally funded projects if Caltrans could not meet their timetable.
Transportation priorities or vision
1) Transportation that does not rely on carbon fuels, 2) oil severance tax to pay for new initiatives, 3) incentives for more housing near transit.
How to achieve CA's climate goals
Carrots and sticks for more TOD, clean energy, including Prop 13 reform and oil severance tax
How to promote walking, biking, public transit
Transportation should dictate land-use, not the other way around, with low-impact modes taking precedence when possible.
How to ensure equity, health, opportunity for all
Critical for planning in all areas, need to address transportation justice as well as environmental justice.
State Rail Plan and High-Speed Rail
Oil severance tax, “pay as you go” rather than bonds, make sure voters are with us. Increase transparency and accountability.
Regulations for emerging technology
Make sure new tech follows same rules that have worked for decades. Regulate TNCs like taxis: limit their numbers, charge fees on TNCs coming in from outside an urban area.
Transit-oriented development and housing affordability
Convene stakeholders and experts, develop long-range plan with milestones, with focus on low-income people and communities of color.
Continue current cap-and-trade expenditures
Yes, and create Climate Science Task Force to identify the projects with greatest impact in stabilizing climate. Change formula accordingly while prioritizing needs of most vulnerable.

 

Gavin NewsomGavin Newsom

From the campaign: Husband & Father. 49th Lt. Governor of CA, former SF Mayor.
www.gavinnewsom.com

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Transportation accomplishment
Responsible for Muni Forward as Mayor of San Francisco
Transportation priorities or vision
1) Bring roads and transit infrastructure into state of good repair, 2) Expand transit service, 3) Prepare for rise of TNCs and autonomous vehicles.
How to achieve CA's climate goals
Green vehicle fleets; land use patterns that encourage walking, biking, transit use.
How to promote walking, biking, public transit
Statewide Vision Zero commitment, invest more in transit, conversion of general lanes to HOV/HOT, fund express buses.
How to ensure equity, health, opportunity for all
Prioritize the needs of low-income communities, fund not only mega-projects but maintenance and operations, local expansions; access to stations and mixed-income TOD.
State Rail Plan and High-Speed Rail
Vigilant oversight, attracting private-sector partners. Same energy to building out State Rail Plan as Gov. Brown put into HSR.
Regulations for emerging technology
Harness innovation to promote equity; incentivize AVs to be shared, electric, accessible; ensure safety; re-train displaced workers, ensure transit, walking and biking are prioritized users on public roads.
Transit-oriented development and housing affordability
Encourage sustainable mobility in development, increase state funding and make it conditional on housing production, protect rental stock and existing residents.
Continue current cap-and-trade expenditures
Yes. We cannot achieve our GHG-reduction goals without directing Cap and Trade revenues strategically toward the transit sector.

 

Amanda RenteriaAmanda Renteria

From the campaign: Amanda is the former COO for the CA Dept. of Justice. She was the National Political Director for Hillary Clinton and was the first Latina Chief of Staff in history of the US Senate. She is running because it's time to inspire a new generation of leaders and build a California ready for the future.
www.amandarenteria.com
campaign@amandarenteria.com
 

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Transportation accomplishment
Identified projects for Obama’s $11.5 billion mass transit investment in the stimulus bill.
Transportation priorities or vision
Invest in bus, rail, transit systems; consider full ecosystem surrounding transit, including housing and education.
How to achieve CA's climate goals
1) Defend CA’s emissions standards, 2) ban gas-powered cars by 2030, 3) incentivize TOD.
How to promote walking, biking, public transit
Implement Caltrans’ State Bicycle + Pedestrian plan, return streets to local control, employer-based congestion reduction program.
How to ensure equity, health, opportunity for all
Engage and listen to disadvantaged communities, prioritize funding for them, ambitious social equity goals to hold state/local governments accountable.
State Rail Plan and High-Speed Rail
Need to be seen as achievable; break into phases to reduce costs and show progress; more transparency, federal funding.
Regulations for emerging technology
Establish state commission to recommend regulations for TNCs.
Transit-oriented development and housing affordability
Local incentives for affordable housing, re-create Redevelopment Agency, change laws, solicit investors to re-enter residential market.
Continue current cap-and-trade expenditures
Yes, would continue current formula.

 

Antonio VillaraigosaAntonio Villaraigosa

From the campaign: I have spent a lifetime fighting for social and economic justice. I began my career as a community organizer and labor leader, then later served as Assembly Speaker and Mayor of LA. I have earned a reputation for hearing all sides, making tough decisions and letting everyone know where I stand.
https://antonioforcalifornia.com
Antonio@antonioforcalifornia.com
 

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Transportation accomplishment
Built support to pass Measure R (transportation sales tax) as Mayor of Los Angeles.
Transportation priorities or vision
Invest in infrastructure to create jobs
How to achieve CA's climate goals
Strong emissions standards, visionary leadership, regulatory framework to maximize health and quality of life.
How to promote walking, biking, public transit
Update land use zoning, leadership to get us out of our cars
How to ensure equity, health, opportunity for all
Meaningful involvement from impacted communities; analysis of public health impacts part of all environmental, transportation, and land use decisions.
State Rail Plan and High-Speed Rail
Look at costs and financing, address these challenges. Accountability and oversight.
Regulations for emerging technology
Look to Office of Extraordinary Innovation at LA Metro as model to make state administration more innovative, work with private sector to develop and implement emerging technologies.
Transit-oriented development and housing affordability
Modify CEQA to approve more affordable housing, mass transit or essential projects like we do with football stadiums; fully restore redevelopment authorities.
Continue current cap-and-trade expenditures
To ensure accountability, decisions must be informed by those most impacted, with mechanism to assess impact on our most vulnerable communities.

 

Complete questions:

  1. Tell us about a transportation initiative that you had a hand in developing or supporting, and why you are proud of it.
  2. Answer one of these two questions:
    • What would be your top priorities for transportation-related investment in California? Please name no more than three priorities.
    • What’s your vision for the future of transportation in CA?
  3. California needs to meet ambitious Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets by 2030. Transportation is the largest single source of GHGs statewide, and transportation emissions have been increasing. How do you propose California change its approach to transportation and land use in order to meet our emissions reduction targets, even as we expect continued economic and population growth?
  4. What changes would you make to California’s transportation and land use planning and investment strategies to make walking, bicycling, and public transit much more popular modes of transportation? Please be specific and address both active transportation and public transportation.
  5. Public transportation systems around the world thrive when people of all income levels and backgrounds are both willing and able to ride. Considering that climate pollution and transit’s shortcomings disproportionately impact low-income people and communities of color, how can we ensure the future of transportation in California is equitable, promoting health and opportunity for all?
  6. The State Rail Plan is a framework (that includes High-Speed Rail) to create an integrated transportation network with seamless connections, to get riders anywhere in the state quickly and conveniently.
    • Do you support HSR? Y/N
    • Do you support the State Rail Plan? Y/N
    • If you support the State Rail Plan (or HSR), what will you do to ensure its funding, progress, and completion?
    • What changes, if any, would you make to the current plan?
  7. With shared mobility services, the rise of autonomous vehicles, and other emerging technology, the transportation sector is undergoing major change. What, if any, policies and regulations should the state establish to take advantage of the benefits and avoid the drawbacks of new mobility technology?
  8. What specific steps will you take to increase housing near transit, improve affordability, and minimize displacement pressure?
  9. Would you continue to use cap-and-trade funds to support public transit, high speed rail, and the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program, or would you change the current formula to include/exclude certain programs from California’s Climate Investments (aka the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund)?