Unfazed by the multibillion-dollar price tag, voters overwhelmingly approved all five infrastructure-bond measures on the ballot, signaling the largest investment in state infrastructure in more than a generation.
Garnering between 56 percent and 76 percent of votes cast, the five measures constitute a climax for the Legislature’s bipartisan efforts during the 2006 session.
“We’ve done something in California that has not been done historically anywhere,” Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, observed. “We passed more bonds tonight than the entire nation. Forty-nine other states had bonds tonight; they didn’t equal what we did.”
Many were quick to point out that these bonds, which will help remedy the state’s myriad infrastructure needs, arrived not a minute too late. State Senator-elect Darrell Steinberg, proponent of Proposition 1C, praised voters for stepping to the plate and addressing the California’s most dire needs.
“There are thousands of people, many of them working people, who don’t have decent housing,” he said, “and this bond is going to help thousands of families have what everybody should have: decent shelter, the opportunity for home ownership.” Steinberg was not surprised that voters responded to the states infrastructure needs. “I think what the voters recognize–as much as we talk about budget deficits–we have an investment deficit in California,” he said.
“We have a lot of work that needs to be done here to develop public infrastructure, and the vote tonight is a reflection of people knowing that and wanting to do something about it.”
Steve Maviglio, a spokesman and deputy chief of staff for Assembly Speaker Fabian N