Voters to decide on raising bridge tolls to fund $4.45 billion in transportation funding

State lawmakers approved a bill that will ask voters to OK a $3 toll hike on all Bay Area bridges except on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Last week the state Legislature passed SB 595, which will now ask voters in all nine Bay Area counties to decide on whether to phase in the rate increase. For some local commuters, that could add up to as much as $9 to cross the Bay, money which will then go toward beefing up the region's existing infrastructure and transit agencies.

Voters will now get the chance in either November or June of next year to pass the bill with a simple majority.

The bill has already faced pushback from local commuter advocates and Bay Area lawmakers, with California State Assembly members Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon), Tim Grayson (D-Concord) and Jim Frazier (D-Brentwood) voting no on the measure.

$4.4 Billion Bay Area Transportation Plan — to Be Paid for by Higher Bridge Tolls — Sent to Governor

If you live in the Bay Area, you’ll be hearing a lot about Senate Bill 595 over the next year or so. If you’re a regular user of any of the region’s seven state-owned toll bridges — that’s all of them, except the Golden Gate Bridge — you’ll want to pay close attention.

Several Contra Costa County legislators — Assemblymember Tim Grayson and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier among them — opposed SB 595, saying that it’s 1) a regressive tax and 2) a ripoff for the residents of the East Bay.

Assemblymember Grayson Issues Statement on DACA Announcement

(Concord, CA) – Today, Assemblymember Timothy S. Grayson (D-Concord) released the following statement regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ DACA announcement:

“Today’s DACA announcement is both heartless and cruel. Pursuing policies to unnecessarily punish innocent children does not make America great. Protecting Dreamers has bipartisan support, and our neighbors who were brought to this country as children and have grown up here must know that California stands shoulder to shoulder with them and is willing to lead the fight against inhumane and irrational immigration policies. I call upon Congress to use this sad day as the impetus to finally tackle our Nation’s immigration policies in a comprehensive and compassionate manner.”

Grayson Bills Addressing UC Admissions and Transparency Pass Senate Floor

(SACRAMENTO) In light of recent news about UC admissions practices and weak financial oversight, Assemblymember Grayson (D-Concord) authored two bills to prioritize California student admissions and improve transparency at UC. Both bills, AB 1674 and AB 1655, respectively, passed the Senate Floor today with bipartisan support.

Upon passage of AB 1674 Assemblymember Grayson stated, “Today’s vote is another win for California students who dream of graduating high school and attending some of the highest quality institutions in their home state. This bill will make sure that admission at a UC campus is based on academic performance, not the revenue that the student could bring in. This vote shows again that it is time to hold UC accountable to its mission to serve Californian students.”

Grayson Joint Letter Requesting More Money for Mobile Source Pollution Reduction

In February, I along with several other members wrote the attached letter. As you will note, we requested that a significant portion of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) revenues be directed to programs that provide proven air quality benefits for heavily polluted disadvantaged communities throughout California.