Governor puts transportation bond on ballot

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“It’s great to see so many Republicans on my left,” Perata joked. “I also wanted to note that there are far more Republicans here today than there are Democrats, because they’re really interested in spending.” Perata had a special interest in the transportation bond, which he had proposed more than a year ago. But what the Legislature ultimately passed – and what the governor signed on Tuesday – was nearly twice as large as Perata’s original proposal. The governor, who is using the bond to try to convince voters he can work productively with the Democrat-dominated Legislature, heaped praise on legislators for passing the bond and “doing what’s best for California.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ORINDA- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Tuesday to put a $19.9 billion transportation bond on the November ballot during a ceremony near the Caldecott Tunnel, one of the most congested stretches of freeway in the San Francisco Bay area. The transportation bond is part of the $37.3 billion bond package recently approved by the Legislature. The other bonds to be placed on the ballot are: $10.4 billion for schools, colleges and universities; $4.1 billion for flood control; and $2.9 billion for affordable housing. The governor appeared with Senate President Pro Tem, Don Perata, D-Oakland, who shepherded the bond through the Legislature and won over key Republicans necessary to attain a two-thirds majority. That included Sen. Dick Ackerman, R-Tustin, who also appeared at the bill signing. last_img read more