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L Line construction board puts focus on Claremont with new chairperson – Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
By Steve Scauzillo
January 13, 2022
Claremont City Councilman Ed Reece was sworn in as the new chairman of the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority Board of Directors on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Reece, who has served on the board since December 2020, takes the helm from Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval, who held the chairman spot for three years.
In particular, Reece said he’s working with Assemblyman Chris Holden, a proponent of the extension, who recently became chairman of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, the top funding and budgeting committee in the Assembly.
Holden, D-Pasadena, as well as almost every member of the San Gabriel Valley legislative caucus and some members from San Bernardino County, have identified a $44 billion state budget surplus as a source for the line’s gap funding.
“That conversation will happen in the near future for funding, potentially using the state surplus,” Reece said.
Moving ahead with a light-rail line into the Montclair TransCenter, a historical first, would connect commuters and weekend travelers from both San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. Holden and Reece said the connection would remove cars from the 210 Freeway, while providing a less stressful, less polluting transportation alternative for residents of both counties.
“If the state wanted to put in funds that make significant impacts on the lives of people in the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire, this is the way to do it — to form that connection between San Bernardino County and Los Angeles County,” Reece said.
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