Most of us just grumble when we’re stuck in traffic. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., writes Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.
On a recent visit to the Inland area, Feinstein took a trip down Highway 91, along a stretch local transportation officials hope to widen — with federal help, of course.
Feinstein has supported a local request for $24 million in federal funds to back a $240 million loan. Another round of federal funds will be awarded later this spring, so she used her time in traffic to note the road needs a federal funding boost.
“Of particular note was the bottleneck at the 91 and I-15 interchange, where I experienced a significant delay along with many other travelers and interstate trucks at midday,” Feinstein wrote to LaHood on March 7. “This experience demonstrates that (the) 91 congestion is not merely a rush-hour problem, but a 24-hour economic concern for California and the western U.S.”
They are fellow Republicans representing neighboring Assembly districts, but don’t expect much bonhomie these days between Paul Cook and Tim Donnelly.
Last week, Cook, R-Yucca Valley, endorsed Donnelly’s re-election rival, Big Bear Lake Mayor Bill Jahn. “Bill Jahn is a proven conservative who has consistently fought on the side of the taxpayer,” Cook said in a news release from the Jahn campaign.
It is extremely rare for a member of a legislative caucus to endorse a colleague’s opponent. The exceptions usually occur after someone breaks ranks on a major issue, such as the budget.
In a voicemail message Friday, Donnelly said, “Assemblyman Cook and I obviously do not agree on every issue.” Donnelly chided Cook’s support for last year’s successful AB 353, which prohibits officials from impounding a vehicle at a sobriety checkpoint if the driver’s only offense is lacking a license.
“Assemblyman Cook feels that those who are here illegally or those who are unlicensed should get a pass,” said Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks.
Cook’s camp declined to comment on his endorsement.
The 33rd Assembly District, safely Republican, is the product of last year’s remap of the state’s political lines. It covers the San Bernardino Mountains and High Desert.
In endorsing Jahn for the
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