California's Infrastructure Crisis

2012 National Leadership Conference

CSG Transportation Policy Task Force
Transportation's Uncertain Future: Politics, Roads & High-Speed Rail
May 18, 2012

Finance at the state and federal levels and alternatives to the gas tax are two major topics in the transportation discussion. In addition, as high-speed rail is put on the backburner elsewhere, the dream is still alive in California. This session focused on how infrastruture investment can impact the road construction industry and a company like UPS. Speakers also discussed what California has planned in high-speed rail and what it could mean for the rest of the country.

Presentation by Bert Sandman, Executive Director, Transportation California

California's Infrastructure Crisis

Bert Sandman
Bert Sandman is the executive director of Transportation California, a non-profit coalition representing a broad spectrum of business, labor and planning agencies. He has been on the leading edge of California transportation advocacy and education for two decades. Initially as chairman and now as executive director of the coalition, he has led efforts to educate California’s decision makers and general public about such issues as protection for transportation funding and the need to develop new sources of funding for congestion relief, transportation safety and maintaining and rehabilitating the state’s aging transportation infrastructure. A veteran construction industry executive, Sandman began his career as a laborer in Local #185 and eventually became president and COO of A Teichert  & Son, Inc., ARB, Inc., and president and CEO of American Civil Constructors. Throughout his career, he has contributed his time, energy, and ideas to industry, civic, and community organizations. He was twice appointed by Gov. Gray Davis to the Contractors State License Board, and served as chairman of that group.