News and Press Releases – 2009


July 24, 2009

Contact:Mike Bowman/Steve Gallagher (916) 323-5416 or (916) 396-2334

California’s Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission Members Announced

Sacramento — In an ongoing effort to spur economic recovery and address the state’s unmet transportation infrastructure needs, California’s Business, Transportation and Housing Agency Secretary Dale E. Bonner today announced appointments to the Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission (PIAC or Commission), a new auxiliary unit within the BT&H Agency. The Commission will assist the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and regional transportation agencies in developing public-private financing agreements for high-priority infrastructure projects throughout the state.

“After decades of underinvestment in transportation infrastructure, it is now clear that traditional funding and delivery methods cannot keep pace with California”s growing demand,” said Bonner who will serve as Chair of the Commission. “The newly-created Commission is the Nation”s first statewide body formed with an express statutory charge to help state and regional transportation agencies develop performance-based partnerships that deliver real value to the public.”

On February 20, 2009, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 4 as part of an emergency budget package intended to resolve the State”s current fiscal crisis. The bill authorizes Caltrans and regional transportation agencies to enter into public-private partnership (P3) agreements that may include private sector finance, design, construction, maintenance and operation of transportation facilities. To ensure that such agreements are in the public interest, a proposed agreement must be submitted to the Legislature and the PIAC for review at least 60 days before the agreement is signed.

California is a state of roughly 38 million people, who are living with infrastructure designed for about half that population. Long-term forecasts suggest the State will be approaching 60 million by 2050 – with correlating needs for infrastructure. For transportation, the State faces an estimated ten-year gap of $50.3 billion between funds that are necessary and what is available through traditional sources. With the current fiscal and economic crises, comprehensive solutions remain elusive and California’s economic competitiveness is at risk.

“The esteemed group of Commissioners is drawn from the most senior levels of academia, industry and government – together bringing a wealth of world-class experience and expertise to help identify the best opportunities and methods of partnering with the private sector to improve California”s transportation system, economy and quality of life,” said Bonner.

The newly formed Commission will be chaired by Secretary Bonner and includes the following individuals:

  • Ruben Barrales, President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
  • Joseph Cruz, Director of Transportation Policy/Government Relations for the California Alliance for Jobs.
  • Danny Curtin, Director for the California Conference of Carpenters.
  • Lee Harrington, Executive Director of the Southern California Leadership Council (SCLC).
  • Charles Hilliard, President and Chief Financial Officer – Demand Media.
  • Tom Holsman, Chief Executive Officer of the Associated General Contractors of California (AGC).
  • John V. Hummer, Director of the U.S. Department of Transportation”s Northern California/Hawaii Gateway Office (San Francisco).
  • John Husing, Ph.D., Research economist specializing in the study of Southern California”s growing economy.
  • Fran Inman, Senior Vice President of Majestic Realty Co. and President of the Majestic Realty Foundation.
  • Roger A. Kozberg, Managing Director at Hub International.
  • Ray Levitt, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University.
  • Richard G. Little, Director of the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, University of Southern California.
  • Paul Meyer, Executive Director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC).
  • Adrian Moore, Ph.D., Vice President of Research at Reason Foundation.
  • Devin I. Murphy, Private Investor, previously a Managing Partner of Coventry Real Estate Advisors.
  • Elizabeth O’Donoghue, Director of Infrastructure and Land Use at The Nature Conservancy of California.
  • Katherine Perez, Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute, Los Angeles District Council.
  • Sean Randolph, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.
  • Roger Snoble, Retired CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
  • Peter J. Taylor, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the University of California.
  • Antonio Vives, Principal Associate at Cumpetere and Consulting Professor at Stanford University.
  • Steve Wilder, Vice President-Risk Management for The Walt Disney Company.

The Commission will hold its first public meeting on Wednesday, July 29th in Los Angeles.

For more information on the PIAC or to view the full bios for each Commissioner visit