1. MY PLAN: PRIVATIZE INFRASTRUCTURE DON’T MONOPOLIZE !!
We are wasting money on empty buses rather than strategically investing in our major highways and passing legislation to support ride sharing services and self driving cars. We are wasting taxpayer dollars on inefficient government programs like Amtrak rather than focussing on futuristic private transportation like Hyperloop. We are allowing poor policy decisions and utility providers to dictate access to natural resources such as water, instead of allowing people to harvest their own resources or pave the way for innovative ideas that can revolutionize and improve how we all live. Bellow is what I propose to improve district 35.
The Inland Empire is a prime location for economic expansion, which means there must be fundamental infrastructure that can keep up with growth. For many years, our nation has spent less and less on maintaining sidewalks, center dividers, landscaping (this is especially true now that California is faced with a drought), roads and major highways. As a result, while our population grows, everything becomes more congested. Some people claim we need to reduce the population, but in reality, calamity is imminent if we do not invest in the future of transportation - such as ride sharing, smart roads, smart stop lights, clean self driving cars and traffic managment algorithms. What we truly need to consider and worry about is upgrades, expansion and innovation. You may wonder, how can we pay for this?!
The federal government spends billions of dollars on public transportation, such as shuttles and busses. These forms of transportation are highly inefficient compared to public ride sharing or private ride sharing companies. Over 80% of buses in suburban areas drive at 20% capacity 74% of the time, which is obvious if you look around. People claim buses cut down on carbon emissions, which is true if they run on natural gas, but only 37% of buses in the United States run on natural gas as apposed to the national average of cars that run in a hybrid or electric mode. What we need to consider is abandoning the model of public transportation in (low usage) rural or suburban areas and replace it with incentives to ride share. The price tag of upgrading our infrastructure and providing these incentives does not need to come out of the taxpayers pocket, it can come from a reduction in traditional and wasteful public transportation.
Ontario, Pomona and Fontana are well known for their warehouses and railroads. Manufacturing jobs and freight contributes to a significant percentage of district 35’s economy. Passenger logistics are also very important because many people use the Metrolink and Gold Line to commute. However, our system has become a heavily regulated and subsidized monopoly. Amtrack, Metrolink, Union Pacific, and BNSF completely dominate rail transportation and this recent study claims the U.S. transit systems has 10.6 billion dollars worth of inefficiencies. This is unheard of compared to almost any other government supported industry.
The Federal government has subsidized traditional rail companies and fought to keep out new private companies for the past 100 years. As a result, here we are... with trains wrecks, old train engines, old train operating systems and old train tracks that are falling apart. At first glance, it seems the only way to fix this situation is spend more money - similar to California's "high speed rail", which isnt high speed at all. However, apart of the infrastructure plan I propose is being inclusive and supporting new ideas such as Hyperloop. We need private companies to do what they do best - build revolutionary products, services and systems that make our lives better. We need to welcome a heavy ground transportation system that can compete on a global scale and is not funded by tax payer dollars!
Water & Utilities:
California has been in a drought for over two years now, partially due to a lack of rain, but also because existing resources are not being properly managed by federal government bodies. Many important farming communities within California and the Inland Empire have become dependent on water from the Bureau of Reclamation, and their associated projects. However, the agency’s policies have created economic distortions and serious environmental damage.
In the 20th century, the Bureau of Reclamation was an agency run amok with grand engineering plans that ignored economic and environmental logic. The bureau aggressively sought to dam nearly every major river in the West and radically change water rights. As a result, these Dams have harmed wetlands and salmon fisheries, and federal irrigation has generated ongoing problems such as heightened salinity levels in rivers (not to mention a lack of water for basic needs).
Without serious reforms - with regard to water rights, with regard to water transfers and water pricing, and without reforms that transfer reclamation dams and other facilities to the private sector - we will not see any improvement and this drought may never end. I strongly support a complete overhaul using power of the purse!
Ontario is well known for many things, Chaffy College, the rustic downtown Ontario gazebo, the warm community and clean streets, but nothing stands out more than Ontario Airport. Ontario Airport provides easy access to strategic resources and materials needed for a robust economy to function. It acts as a major logistics hub for FedEx. Local manufacturing and agriculture also easily export their products across the country and use the airport to expand business operations!
Silicon Valley has many things, but it does not have cheap land, which is full of huge warehouses that need tenants and stylish renovation. It does not have a local Airport with short lines and flights across the country, which small start-ups and technology giants need when conducting their business. Ontario is positioned to attract high paying jobs from the technology sector.
(Norma’s Stance): Throw tax dollars at the problem:
“The federal government must do its job and pass a long-term surface transportation reauthorization bill, which provides funding for roads, highways, and freight corridor improvements that have long been neglected but that are critical for Inland Empire business. Federal funding is not enough, however. We also need to attract private capital to the region to fund infrastructure projects and meet the growing infrastructure investment gap.”