Glendora Mayor Doug Tessitor will join more than 250 mayors from across the country in a conference to urge President Barack Obama and Congress to act on a transportation spending bill that has been stalled in committees.
The mayors, including at least 13 others from Los Angeles and Orange counties, will travel to Washington, D.C. Tuesday for the 80th Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which is expected to include the release of the new report on the economic health of cities, and a meeting with the President. The mayors also plan to point out the absence of cities' needs as an issue in the Republican presidential primary campaign.
If passed, transportation bill supporters say the bill will protect about 1 million jobs. According to the Huffington Post, the House is considering a six-year, $230 billion bill paid entirely with current fuel taxes. The Senate proposal would last two years and cost $109 billion.
The conference will begin Tuesday with remarks by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, a former San Gabriel Valley congresswoman, and continues through Friday.
The mayors will meet with Obama cabinet secretaries and members of Congress throughout the week. The centerpiece of the conference will be Wednesday's release of the group's State of America's Cities report, which will include 2012 employment forecasts for the nation's metropolitan areas.
Other LA and Orange County mayors to attend the conference include Barry Brucker (Beverly Hills); Ling-Ling Chang (Diamond Bar); Carol Chen (Cerritos); Howard Fishman (Hermosa Beach); Bob Foster (Long Beach); Laura Friedman (Glendale); Sukhee Kang (Irvine); Mary Ann Lutz (Monrovia); Steven Ly (Rosemead); Micheal O'Leary (Culver City); Sam Pedroza (Claremont); Miguel Pulido (Santa Ana); John Solis (La Puente); Tom Tait (Anaheim); and Nicholas Tell (Manhattan Beach).
- Compiled from City News Service