Just as the County’s Waste & Recycling unit requires HB Councilman Matt Harper and four other staffers to handle Public Relations, we’re learning that the PR needs of the OC Transportation Authority are similarly complex — but in this case it’s not an obscure County Department, it’s a FREEWAY. THE 405 NEEDS A “Public Outreach” consultant — for six years, and $4.7 million! We’d speculate the majority of these funds come from Measure M. Continue reading
Update: We broke this story on Nov. 20, 2012. The OCTA confirmed it today with a press release we are including below our original post:
Darrell Johnson is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Orange County Transportation Authority, serving in the position since 2010. My sources tell me that Johnson will be appointed next week to step in as CEO of the OCTA when the current CEO, Will Kempton, leaves at the end of February, next year. Kempton is leaving to join a non-profit organization in Sacramento – Transportation California.
Sales-tax money can pay the tab; don’t build more toll lanes.
By JOHN MOORLACH / O.C. Board of Supervisors chairman
You can’t spell freeway without the word free. Yet, with government constantly searching for new revenue streams, toll roads have become an appealing mechanism for building this critical infrastructure. Orange County taxpayers, however, are balking at this approach for expanding the I-405, or San Diego Freeway. Rightfully so, as toll revenues are not required to build the one additional lane that was recently promised in a countywide ballot measure. Continue reading