Posts Tagged: Infrastructure

Managing a Crisis

Managing a Crisis Syblon Reid, LIUNA Local 185 Show Power of Teamwork on Oroville Dam Emergency Project In the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern California’s Butte County, the tallest earthen dam structure in the U.S. – Oroville Dam – soars 770-feet high, offering a birds-eye view of the surrounding area as… Read more »

Fix It Before It Fails

With the passage of Senate Bill 1 by the California legislature and the signature of Governor Brown, the road to fixing the state’s transportation systems just got a little bit smoother. Although no one likes to pay more taxes, fees, or whatever you want to call them, with half of California’s 196,000 miles of roads… Read more »

Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap SFI Builds the New Gerald Desmond Bridge The Gerald Desmond Bridge is a linchpin structure for the Port of Long Beach and Southern California. It is part of an important route, designated as a National Highway System Intermodal Connector and part of the Federal Highway Strategic Network. The structure also carries nearly… Read more »

At a Crossroads

Our transportation systems are at a crossroads. With declining revenue because of more fuel efficient vehicles, stagnant gas taxes, and fewer dollars available from state and federal governments, there aren’t enough resources to maintain or build out our local, state and federal transportation networks. And as maintenance is deferred, the costs to repair increase substantially with… Read more »

California’s Pothole Penalty is Too High

California’s Pothole Penalty is Too High by Rocco Davis, LIUNA Vice-President and Regional Manager If California’s roads were people, a share of them would have been buried by now and as many would be drawing Social Security. As our state’s governor noted recently, many of our roads were built in the 1950s. They are deteriorating,… Read more »

Building Water Reliability

Building Water Reliability KSD Constructs the Carlsbad Desalination Project Construction on the Carlsbad Desalination Project is more than two-thirds complete and is scheduled to be finished in late 2015.  As near as that seems, it has taken many years to get to this point. The project was first proposed in 1998 and challenged by more than… Read more »

An Early Start to the Holiday Season

The holiday season started a little earlier this year for the construction industry.  Voters seemed to be in the spirit of giving during the November elections and offered up a lot of reasons to be optimistic about 2015 and beyond. Throughout the three states in our territory (California, Arizona, New Mexico), billions of dollars in bonds… Read more »

Which Way in the Southwest?

Which Way in the Southwest? Which way is construction headed in the Southwest and what can the Laborers do to help? From the valley of 2011, construction employment has been on the rise. In 2013 it was up more than 12% over the lows of 2011 in the three states that LECET Southwest monitors (CA,… Read more »


OAK + BART Flatiron Builds the Oakland Airport Connector After more than 40 years of discussions, studies, and plans, the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) will put a much anticipated missing link of their transportation system into service in the next few months. Uniting BART’s Oakland Coliseum station to the Oakland Airport,… Read more »

California’s Transportation Fiscal Crisis

California’s Transportation Fiscal Crisis by Will Kempton, Transportation CA California is once again facing a funding crisis for transportation infrastructure. Over the past few decades, our industry has championed efforts to provide a continuing source of money to support funding for California’s transportation infrastructure. With gas tax revenues declining, and with the looming sunset of… Read more »