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State Sen. Dave Cogdill bill to exempt projects from 'red tape'

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Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2010 12:00 am

State Sen. Dave Cogdill, R-Modesto, introduced a bill intended to cut bureaucratic red tape used to halt public works projects.

Cogdill, who represents the Lodi area, said in a news release that Senate Bills 1010 and X8 42 are aimed to generate private-sector jobs. State Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, authored the bill with Cogdill.

The proposal would protect 25 projects annually with certified environmental impact reports from what Cogdill described as frivolous legal challenges under the California Environmental Quality Act.

The law would require projects to be staggered across the state as follows:

  • Five projects in San Joaquin, Sacramento, Stanislaus, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced and Tulare counties.
  • Five projects in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties.
  • Ten projects in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.
  • Five projects in other areas of the state.

Projects would be considered on the number and quality of jobs created, amount of capital investment made by the project and the balance between public and private entities. Public hearings would be held.

The pilot project would sunset in 2016 unless the Legislature extends it.

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  • posted at 4:00 am on Thu, Feb 11, 2010.


    Cogdill, who are you lobbying for? The red tape is needed to keep the scabby, unethical local anti-union contractors from paying livable wages to their employees. There are too many unorganized contractors that run a solid, reputable business without cheating their employees to put that money in their own pockets. Every contractor on these public works projects should be mandated to e-verify each and every employee and their labor classification on each and every job. Using the system designating an employee as an electrician or qualified tradesman and then issuing the employee a paycheck for laborers wages is a favorite ploy and usually requires inside help from city hall and public works officials. The ABC and BIA of the Delta seem to be local proponents of this system and teach employers new tactics as fast as they're schemed up. One local family contractor in Lodi has been been suspected of enriching themselves using these schemes as far back as the School Street project in downtown Lodi.They have had periodical pickets at their old place of business concerning unfair wage and labor practices and there's a website dedicated to their company showing all of their shabby work and tactics.

  • posted at 1:37 am on Thu, Feb 11, 2010.


    OK.. here we go again. Another Republican who "decides" what is right and needs no scrutiny. Wasn't 10 years of this enough?



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