Tom Torlakson on Education
- Safe Learning Environment - Assemblyman Torlakson wrote AB 1154 'School Safety
Act 2000', which would increase the funding by another $35 million for the after
school programs created by AB 2284. This bill also requires that every school in
California work with local emergency personnel to develop an overall safety plan.
- National Average Per Pupil Spending - Assemblyman Torlakson is fighting to increase
per pupil spending above the national average.
- Increasing Discretionary Funds - As a member of the Budget Committee, Assemblyman
Torlakson is fighting to direct $1 billion of this year's 'Surplus' towards local
schools as discretionary funds.
- Education Upgrade - Assemblyman Torlakson believes all students should have the
instructional materials necessary for learning and that all school districts should
be equipped with the technology necessary for educating our children in the 21st
Tom Torlakson on the Environment
"Assemblyman Tom Torlakson has steadfastly supported legislation
to improve air quality, protect the California coastline, conserve natural resources,
preserve clean water, and prevent the spread of hazardous materials into the environment.
That is why the California League of Conservation Voters has given Assemblyman Torlakson
a perfect 100% for his voting record in support of environmental protection for the
last three years. As a former high school biology teacher, he understands our interconnectedness
with the environment and has made environmental protection a top legislative priority."
"Assemblyman Torlakson recently secured $50,000 to help clean up the
Antioch Pier, remove underwater snags, and improve this convenient site for public
fishing, in partnership with the city of Antioch and private citizens. He also was
a strong supporter of Prop. 13, the Safe Drinking Water, Clean Water, Watershed Protection,
and Flood Protection Bond Act which was passed by California voters in March."
"Assemblyman Torlakson was a co-author of the Safe Neighborhood Parks,
Clean Water, Clean Air, and Coastal Protection Bond Act, which was passed by voters
in California as Prop. 12. This measure will allow the state to put $2.1 billion
into restoring and expanding the park system, while also protecting other natural
resources. The East Bay Regional Park District will receive $18.2 million for protecting
our valued open space. The bond will also provide funding for the City of Concord
Bike Trail, the Contra Costa Canal Regional trail, the Iron Horse trail and other
projects in the area. Assemblyman Torlakson has also successfully secured funding
for Leigh Creekside Park in Lafayette, Almond Ranch, and the Arroyo Del Valle environmental
Tom Torlakson on Transportation
"'Reducing traffic congestion and the number of hours people spend commuting
is one of my top priorities.'
Assemblyman Tom Torlakson is leading the effort to reinvest in California's transportation
infrastructure. As chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, Assemblyman Torlakson
authored AB 2928, which provides $1.6 billion for the Traffic Congestion Relief Plan
and $400 million for local roads. He also played an important role in Prop 2, which
was passed by the voters in November 1998 and ensures that 100% of California's transportation
tax dollars go toward transportation improvements.
Senator Torlakson is currently developing a comprehensive, overall state transportation
plan and is leading the effort to expand BART to Livermore and Antioch.
- Creating an Overall State Transportation Plan - Traffic gridlock costs California's
economy over $15 billion annually in lost productivity and the cost for California's
families is immeasurable. We need a comprehensive, overall state transportation plan
to combat this problem and measure our future transportation needs. Assemblyman Torlakson's
5-Point Plan meets this challenge and provides up to $83 billion dollars for transportation
improvements over the next 20 years.
- Reducing the Jobs-Housing Imbalance - One of the greatest factors contributing
to gridlock is the distance people travel between their jobs and homes. As Chair
of the Select Committee on the Jobs-Housing Balance, Assemblyman Torlakson is
creating state incentives for local governments to plan housing closer to jobs and
bring jobs closer to housing.
- Transportation Infrastructure Improvements - As Chair of the Assembly Transportation
Committee, Assemblyman Torlakson is fighting to increase funding for California's
highway system - especially highways 4, 24, 580, 680 and an additional Caldecott
- BART to Livermore and Antioch - Assemblyman Torlakson is fighting for
legislation that would require Santa Clara County pay a 'buy-in' before BART can
be extended to San Jose. The buy-in will help fund extensions to Livermore and Antioch."