California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, waves to a supporter before taking the stage to speak. Drivers would fund repairs to California’s roads with a new user charge under a proposal she unveiled Wednesday. “California cannot have a strong middle class or a thriving economy if our roadways are congested and people and goods cannot move efficiently,” Atkins said in a speech to the California Transportation Foundation at the Grand Sheraton on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Sacramento.
California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, waves to a supporter before taking the stage to speak. Drivers would fund repairs to California’s roads with a new user charge under a proposal she unveiled Wednesday. “California cannot have a strong middle class or a thriving economy if our roadways are congested and people and goods cannot move efficiently,” Atkins said in a speech to the California Transportation Foundation at the Grand Sheraton on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Sacramento. Renee C. Byer rbyer@sacbee.com
California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, waves to a supporter before taking the stage to speak. Drivers would fund repairs to California’s roads with a new user charge under a proposal she unveiled Wednesday. “California cannot have a strong middle class or a thriving economy if our roadways are congested and people and goods cannot move efficiently,” Atkins said in a speech to the California Transportation Foundation at the Grand Sheraton on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Sacramento. Renee C. Byer rbyer@sacbee.com
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September 01, 2015 03:13 PM

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