Press Release

Friday, October 13, 2017
SACRAMENTO – On Friday Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 758 by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) to expedite the potential connection between BART’s rapid transit system and the Altamont Corridor Express commuter rail service. 
Thursday, October 12, 2017

As excerpted from The Orange County Register. 

A landmark new law designed to narrow the gender pay gap in the nation’s most populous state bars California employers from inquiring about applicants’ previous salaries and benefits.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

As excerpted from The Record. 

Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, who requested the state audit last year along with Sen. Lois Wolk of Davis, said Thursday that the findings are “one more stick in the spokes of a bicycle that is going off the track.”
 
“I think the takeaway is they’ve been planning for 11 years and there’s no plan,” Eggman said. “It’s time to cut our losses and start working on a real solution.”
Thursday, October 5, 2017

As excerpted from the Mercury News.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion proposal to build two massive tunnels through the Delta to make it easier to move water from north to south was hit with another setback Thursday as a state audit found it was suffering from “significant cost increases and delays.”
 
The 91-page report from California’s state auditor, Elaine Howle, said the state Department of Water Resources “has not completed either an economic or financial analysis to demonstrate the financial viability” of the project, which the Brown administration calls the California WaterFix.
Thursday, October 5, 2017

As excerpted from the Sacramento Bee. 

California’s state auditor criticized planners of the Delta tunnels Thursday for paying millions of dollars to an unqualified consultant and not completing a cost-benefit analysis of the $17.1 billion project.
 
In a 97-page report, State Auditor Elaine Howle said the California Department of Water Resources broke state law in 2009, during the early stages of the tunnels planning, by hiring a Sacramento company called Hallmark Group to oversee a portion of the planning process. The report said Hallmark “does not appear to possess the technical credentials or experience on relevant projects.”

 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

SACRAMENTO - The audit released today, which I requested with my Delta colleagues, further illuminates the many flaws of the WaterFix Project.  The findings reveal that after 11 years of planning there remain more questions than answers about the viability and benefits of the project.  Significant cost increases, failure to follow state law regarding contracts, inadequate expertise, and the absence of economic analysis or a financial plan – this is what more than a decade of planning has resulted in.  One can only imagine the boondoggle that will result if this project were ever to advance to the construction stage.  It is time for a different direction.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

As excerpted from The Mercury News.

California employers would be barred from asking job applicants about their prior salaries if Gov. Jerry Brown signs into law a new bill seeking to close the state’s gender pay gap.

“Nobody denies it’s a real issue,” said Assembly member Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), who introduced the bill. “I think the remedies are what people debate about. And since it’s remained stubborn and hasn’t really moved, then why not try something that has been tried around the country?”