Highlights need for bold child care, grid resiliency, and public transit investments
CALIFORNIA – This
week, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) traveled across
California to meet with constituents and highlight the need for bold,
comprehensive infrastructure investments as he kicked off his
Infrastructure Listening Tour. Padilla highlighted the need for
big investments in child care, the importance of strengthening the
power grid and infrastructure resiliency, and the urgency of
ensuring we build accessible and
sustainable infrastructure in transportation.
In San Francisco, Padilla visited Mission Kids,
where he joined local community leaders to highlight the vital funding
in child care and family support available through the American Rescue Plan Act.
Padilla discussed the national child care shortage and the critical
need to acknowledge child care as infrastructure, pointing to his
co-sponsorship of the Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act. The
legislation would ensure that every family has access to high-quality,
affordable child care and early learning opportunities by investing
$700 billion to establish a network of local child care options.
Padilla also visited the California ISO in
Sacramento to discuss the urgent need to invest in our physical
infrastructure and power grid. After facing one of the worst wildfire
seasons in state history, climate change is continuing to increase
the frequency and severity of extreme weather events
and natural disasters in California.
He discussed his introduction of the POWER ON Act,
legislation that would bring federal funding to electricity providers
and suppliers who need to harden their facilities against extreme
weather events and natural disasters.
Padilla continued the tour with a visit to a Los Angeles Metro Excavation Site to
talk about the importance of having an accessible and sustainable
public transportation system with projects
like the LA Metro Purple Line extension. Padilla also
discussed key investments in cleaner transportation technology,
and mentioned a bill he cosponsored — the BUILD GREEN Infrastructure and Jobs Act — which would
invest $500 billion over the next ten years to accelerate our
transition to an all-electric public transportation future.
the next couple of months, Senator Padilla will continue to travel
across the state to hear directly from communities and highlight
the need for bold, comprehensive infrastructure investments.
Key Coverage from Padilla’s California Visit:
FOX40: Sen. Padilla visits California ISO facility as part of statewide tour to strengthen electric grid, prevent shutoffs
Padilla said he’s working with Congress to prevent power shutoffs from
becoming the new normal. “Part of the biggest challenges today is our
change in weather, the weather patterns, which are directly the result
of climate change,” he explained.
touring the California ISO facility Tuesday, Sen. Padilla spoke about a
bill he introduced in April called the POWER On Act. The
bipartisan legislation would assist electricity providers and suppliers
with federal funding to improve the electric grid against heat waves,
high winds and wildfires. Padilla believes if passed, the bill would
prevent the need for public safety power shutoffs.
investment in smarter technology will help achieve multiple goals and
objectives in resiliency and reliability,” he said.
he does believe the federal government needs to do more to help
businesses impacted by those shutoffs. “Just as there was resources
made available for businesses to weather the COVID-19 pandemic, we
should be partnering with business owners to weather the impacts of
climate change,” Padilla said.
CBS Sacramento: Additional Capacity Added To California Electrical Grid In Hopes Of Reducing Power Shutoffs
Alex Padilla visited the California ISO in Folsom on Tuesday
as part of his Infrastructure Listening Tour. There, he
addressed the need to meet demand when it comes to the state’s power
Padilla mentioned the POWER On Act, bipartisan legislation
that would assist electricity providers with federal funds to improve
in the event that public safety power shutoffs are required, they can,
over time, start turning off the lights, turning off the power in more
targeted areas instead of more broad areas in the state,” said Padilla.
TV: NBC Sacramento package on Padilla at California ISO
Dart: Senator Alex Padilla was in Folsom today. The senator says that
he was on what he is calling an Infrastructure Listening Tour. He
stopped by the California Independent Systems Operator, Cal ISO, which
oversees the state’s power grid. Senator Padilla says that investments
need to be made in the power grid to keep up with demand.
We got to keep the power on, we got to keep the lights on, for
businesses, for families, for communities and smarter investment in
smarter technology will help us achieve multiple goals and objectives
of resiliancy and reliability, but also the sustainability of our
- Gulstan Dart: Cal ISO receives 80% of the state’s power supply.
Univision (Video): Legisladores
impulsan plan de infraestructura que daría prioridad a educación ||
Legislators promote infrastructure plan that would prioritize education
una visita a una escuela, el senador de California Alex Padilla aseguró
que trabaja en un plan de infraestructura que da prioridad a
la educación, apoyando a las familias trabajadoras. || During a visit
to a school, California Senator Alex Padilla assured that he’s
working in an infrastructure plan that gives priority to
education, supporting working families.
Radio: KCBS (AM) San Francisco package on Padilla at Mission Kids site visit
Novak: Mission Kids built this facility from the ground up, offering
child care to families who might not otherwise be able to afford it.
Novak: Helped with federal and local money, the kind of investment
proposed in a 700 billion dollar plan for universal child care that
Senator Alex Padilla co-sponsored. He says child care is critical not
only to allow parents to go to work, but also for the children.
60% of Californians live in what’s considered a child care desert,
where parents struggle to find affordable, quality child care for their
children. At the same time, we have many providers struggle to hire new
- Kathy Novak: And he says the pandemic exacerbated and put a spotlight on national child care shortage.
TV: ABC Los Angeles package on Padilla visit to LA Metro excavation site
Lara: Senator Alex Padilla was in Century City today, making the case
for President Biden’s ambitious infrastructure and jobs plan. This was
one of the stops on Padilla’s statewide infrastructure tour. the
excavation site for a new transit station, that is part of LA Metro’s
Purple Line extension project.
Transit in particular is so pivotal for an effective, high-performing
economies. We need to talk about people movement, we got to talk about
goods movement, and we need to recognize that the transportation sector
is the sector is the biggest source of pollution.
- Jovana Lara: Once completed, the extension will connect LA’s Westside to Downtown.
Radio: KNX (AM) Los Angeles package on Padilla visit to LA Metro excavation site
Carrero: The rail line expansion is considered a prime example of what
a local and federal partnership can make possible. Padilla said he was
here to highlight projects like this.
- Padilla: “…that will help us build a stronger and greener future.”
- Margaret Carrero: He noted that transit is pivotal for effective, high-performing economies.
- Padilla: We need to talk about people movement. We got to talk about goods movement.
Carrero: Once completed the purple line extension is expected to be
able to get riders from downtown LA to the Westside in less than 30