DAVIS VETO SAVES VALLEY BUS PLAN.Byline: Terri Hardy Sacramento Bureau
Plans for the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. to take over operation of 27 MTA (1) (Message Transfer Agent or Mail Transfer Agent) The store and forward part of a messaging system. See messaging system.
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1. (messaging) MTA - Message Transfer Agent. bus lines were kept alive Monday when Gov. Gray Davis announced his veto of a bill that could have made a new transit zone too expensive.
Relieved Valley business and civic leaders voiced approval of the governor's action, which they said will allow for continued efforts to improve public transit through local control.
``Hopes for a decent bus system are still alive today because the governor came down on the side of the people dependent on transit,'' said Richard Katz, a former Assemblyman as·sem·bly·man
A man who is a member of a legislative assembly.
pl -men a member of a legislative assembly
Noun 1. who is co-chairman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association's transportation committee, which opposed Senate Bill 372.
Under the bill, union contracts with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority would have been maintained in a new Valley zone or expansion of the Foothill Transit Zone in the San Gabriel Valley The San Gabriel Valley is one of the principal valleys of southern California. It lies to the east of the city of Los Angeles, to the north of the Puente Hills, to the south of the San Gabriel Mountains, and to the west of the Inland Empire. . The result could have been that a transit zone would be too costly and infeasible, the bill's critics said.
In his two-paragraph veto message, Davis said he ``does not think it is appropriate for the state to mandate how local public agencies conduct collective bargaining collective bargaining, in labor relations, procedure whereby an employer or employers agree to discuss the conditions of work by bargaining with representatives of the employees, usually a labor union. .''
But the governor warned that he will revisit the issue if he is persuaded that MTA workers shifted into a transit zone are losing rights won through collective bargaining.
``I would prefer that the MTA recognize existing collective bargaining agreements The contractual agreement between an employer and a Labor Union that governs wages, hours, and working conditions for employees and which can be enforced against both the employer and the union for failure to comply with its terms. and not use the establishment of transportation zones as a subterfuge sub·ter·fuge
A deceptive stratagem or device: "the paltry subterfuge of an anonymous signature" Robert Smith Surtees. for denying workers rights for which they have already bargained,'' Davis said.
The controversial bill pitted labor against business, and Democrats against Republicans. Supporters touted SB 372 as crucial protection for workers while opponents, including Valley business and civic leaders, said it would make it impractical for the nine-city region to improve bus service by forcing them to create a ``mini-MTA.''
Midnight Sunday was the constitutional deadline for the governor to sign into law or veto hundreds of bills sent to him by the Legislature, which ended its session a month earlier.
Labor supported bill
Many were surprised by Davis' rejection of the Valley transit Valley Transit is a city bus and paratransit commission operated by the city government of Appleton, Wisconsin.
The system operates across the Fox Cities and serves the cities of Appleton, Kaukauna, Menasha and Neenah, as well as the towns of Buchanan, Grand Chute and bill, which had been heavily supported by labor interests and co-authored by several powerful Democrats, including Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa Antonio Ramon Villaraigosa (born Antonio (Tony) Ramon Villar, Jr. on January 23, 1953) is the mayor of Los Angeles, California. He is the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles since Cristobal Aguilar in 1872. , D-Los Angeles, and several Valley Democratic lawmakers.
Michael Bustamante, spokesman for the governor said the bottom line was local control.
``The governor believed this was a local issue not a state issue and everyone should act in a mature manner and handle it themselves.''
Nine Valley-area cities - Agoura Hills, Burbank, Calabasas, Glendale, Hidden Hills, La Canada Flintridge, San Fernando San Fernando, city, Argentina
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Supporters of the proposed zone include the MTA, the United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley and VICA VICA Vocational Industrial Clubs of America
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VICA Vocational Industrial Chapters of America
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A committee appointed to work on the creation of a new Valley bus system can now begin to work on the issue, Katz said. ``They weren't moving forward because with the bill looming, they thought what was the point?'' Katz said.
Transit zone compromise?
If the details can be worked out, it could take from 12 months to 18 months to form a Valley bus system, said Irwin Rosenberg, a co-chairman of VICA's transportation committee and vice president for the Western Area of Laidlaw Transit Services Inc.
Rosenberg said that should provide enough time to work with labor on its concerns. He said he hopes the governor's decision sends a message to labor to cooperate and try to work out a fair agreement.
``This was a one-sided bill,'' Rosenberg said. ``I know there are ways we can work to protect workers while keeping requirements flexible and allowing competitive contracts.''
Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl Sheila James Kuehl (born February 9, 1941 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American politician, and a former child actress. She is currently a Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing the highly urbanized 23rd district in Los Angeles County and parts of southern , D-Encino, a co-author of the bill, said going back to the table would be in the best interest of both sides.
``I hope the governor is encouraging continued negotiations,'' Kuehl said. ``I'm concerned if this is going to be a struggle locally because there are so many things to deal with when forming a transit zone - this issue is just one of them.''
Paul Hefner, spokesman for Assemblyman Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, who supported the bill and worked feverishly behind the scenes for a compromise to the politically uncomfortable measure, expressed disappointment at the governor's decision.
``Our feeling was that this bill struck the right balance of protecting employees and providing the Valley an opportunity to create a transit zone,'' Hefner said.
School toxic bill vetoed
Davis disappointed consumer and health groups Monday by vetoing the AB 1207, the Healthy Schools Act, a measure that sought to protect children from toxics at schools.
To show their outrage, they held a news conference in front of the Capitol, and drove a 40,000-gallon tanker truck over a model of a ``healthy school.''
``Davis sided with the pesticide industry, which has been lobbying heavily against the bill, even though the measure had support from over 50 public interest organizations,'' said Jonathan Kaplan, toxic program director for the California Public Interest Research Group.
The measure would have required the assessment of environmental conditions in schools - including portable classrooms. And, it would have required notification of parents when schools were using pesticides on school grounds.
In his veto message, Davis said the bill contained ``overly prescriptive requirements on the use of pesticides.'' He said the state Department of Finance estimated it would cost ``tens of millions of dollars'' for school districts to comply with the notification process.
Davis noted he set aside $1 million in his 1999-2000 budget to provide a review of air quality in portable classrooms - a result of Daily News stories that reported a state working group's concerns over environmental safety in the bungalows.
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