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AGC Announces Opposition to the Cortopassi Initiative and Endorsement of California Water Fix

CONTACT: Sophia Taft, AGC of California, (916) 371-2422; 

Sacramento (November 13, 2015) – The Associated General Contractors of California announced its opposition to the Cortopassi Initiative that recently qualified for the November 2016 Ballot; and endorsement of the California Water Fix, a statewide plan to address the severe vulnerabilities of California’s water delivery system.

AGC joins a growing coalition of residents, business leaders, labor, family farmers, local governments, water experts, environmentalists and others that have come together to support a comprehensive, multi-year campaign to repair California’s aging water distribution system.

Key portions of the current system, aging levees, aqueducts and pipes are outdated and at risk of collapse in the event of a major earthquake or flood.

“Californians rely heavily on access to reliable water sources,” said AGC of California chief executive officer Tom Holsman. “With California in an epic drought year, the security and reliability of our local water supply is crucial.”

Now dubbed the California Water Fix, the Association had previously endorsed the Governor’s Twin Tunnels plan last year.

Furthering its position to fix California’s aging infrastructure, AGC went on record to oppose a California Public Vote on Bonds Initiative that has qualified for the November 2016 ballot. The “Cortopassi Initiative” would block much needed repair of our roads, bridges, water supply and delivery systems, and universities all over the state by requiring a statewide election each and every time the state or a state-local partnership seeks to issue revenue bonds exceeding $2 billion to pay for infrastructure projects.

“California is making necessary strides in infrastructure, school funding and water reliability projects that the Cortopassi Initiative will stop or hinder,” added Holman. “While the measure is targeted at stopping the Twin Tunnel project, it could have far wider impacts on other mega infrastructure projects.”

For more information on the California Water Fix, please visit the Californians for Water Security website at