For years, the League of California Cities has fought for state
and federal infrastructure funding. In 2021, the federal
government responded with an infrastructure package, including
$45 billion expected for California. Cal Cities is carrying out
multiple strategies to ensure cities have what they need to
access the funding.
After months of negotiations, Congress passed the $1.2 trillion
bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. If your city
is like mine, you have a long list of infrastructure projects
that need funding. The challenge is that the federal
infrastructure package is incredibly complicated, encompassing
hundreds of separate programs across multiple agencies.
Pismo Beach and Santa Clarita were honored for their innovative
infrastructure projects at this year’s Outstanding Local Streets
and Roads Project Awards. Both cities show that, when given the
necessary resources, local leaders can find creative solutions to
statewide problems, even during the worst economic conditions in
When the town of Windsor realized that its wastewater treatment
facility produced as much as 45% of the town’s total greenhouse
gas emissions, it began searching for a cleaner, greener way to
power the facility. The resulting project, one of the largest of
its kind, has numerous environmental benefits and saves the town
about $175,000 annually.
Rural communities face different infrastructure needs and
challenges than many larger cities. And although the
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has many cities excited
about the upcoming opportunities, rural leaders worry that they
lack the staff and matching dollars to compete with bigger cities
for their fair share of the bounty.
From planning and design to permitting, and construction,
Southern California Edison has helped its customers install
thousands of charging stations for passenger vehicles and
hundreds more for heavy-duty vehicles like buses and trucks
through its Charge Ready programs.