San Joaquin One Voice® is SJCOG’s legislative program for San Joaquin County promoting issues of regional significance to federal legislators and agencies typically through an annual trip to Washington, D.C. The purpose of the program is to advocate for increased funding and/or new or amended legislation for issues and projects of regional significance to the San Joaquin region.
With the expectation COVID-19 will limit in-person meetings, staff will be proposing two virtual meeting days, one in April, the other in June (dates still to be determined). Staff proposes to have only a few highly relevant meetings on each of the two separate days.
Assuming circumstances have improved to the extent our One Voice® delegation is willing to travel and, just as importantly, that people in DC will be willing to meet with us in person, staff is planning a trip in late summer or early fall.
SJCOG is starting the solicitation for project requests for the 2021 San Joaquin One Voice® program due no later than March 15. SJCOG is accepting project nominations starting now. SJCOG will use the same nomination forms from previous years. Forms are available for download in the links below:
Also this month, SJCOG is recommending the adoption of the legislative themes. These themes are: Environmental Sustainability, Trade Corridors, Innovation and Technology, Growth Management, Social Equity and Mobility Federal Funding Support and MPO Reform, and Emergency Response and Recovery: COVID-19 and Beyond. Once the themes are approved by the board on February 28, 2021, SJCOG can begin sorting the project nominations in the thematic categories for approval by SJCOG Board at its March 25th meeting.
We hope that everyone is staying safe and well during this time. We appreciate your understanding as these events unfold.
- Environmental Sustainability - projects whose core features improve air quality, reduce vehicle miles traveled, and are responsive to climate change/resiliency goals.
- Trade Corridors - projects which foster goods movement, commerce, or enhance/eliminate barriers to trade.
- Innovation and Technology - strategies/projects that capture cutting edge technology investments.
- Growth Management - projects which strengthen connections to housing and have strong, direct connectivity to economic development.
- Social Equity and Mobility - investments that provide options for disadvantaged communities.
Although Congress stopped earmarking funds in 2010, the federal government still distributes hundreds of billions of dollars through formula and discretionary programs. The San Joaquin One Voice® group takes this opportunity to receive counsel from legislators, legislative staff and the administration about the various federal programs and teach us how we can successfully compete in the grant process.
SJCOG initiated the first San Joaquin One Voice® trip in 2000, seeking federal funding for projects of broad, community-wide benefit within San Joaquin County.
The goal was, and remains, to assemble a public-private delegation, select prioritized projects, and then visit Congressional and Federal departmental representatives in Washington, D.C. to pursue funding and grant opportunities.
When earmarks were discontinued by the Congress in 2010, it changed the way funding was dispersed. Funding is now by formula or discretionary meaning San Joaquin County was competing for funds on a national level.
Building on the broad-based, public-private coalition SJCOG assembled, Congressional representatives and their staff have welcomed and encouraged the One Voice® communications as a means of assisting federal representatives identify, prioritize and shepherd much-needed projects and programs through the federal budgetary process.
In addition to federal dollars for projects, One Voice® also focused on specific policies. Participants have testified at committee hearings on water, educated Congress and the Administration on the housing crisis (leading to federal assistance), and worked with Congressional embers on the introduction of legislation for such policies as streamlining environmental review.
- Lathrop Road/I-5 Interchange Improvement Project (Lathrop)
- Louise Avenue/I-5 Interchange Improvement Project (Lathrop)
- Interchange Reconstruction at State Route 99/Harney Harney Lane (Lodi)
- State Route 120/Airport Way Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) Project (Manteca)
- State Route 99/120 Interchange Project (Manteca)
- Mountain House Community-Wide Security Monitoring System (Mountain House)
- Mountain House Express Rapid Transit Service (Mountain House)
- Port of Stockton Rail Bridge Replacement (Port of Stockton)
- Washington Street Widening (Port of Stockton)
- Ripon Multi-Modal Station (Ripon)
- Ripon Surface Water Supply (Ripon)
- Stockton Metropolitan Airport Terminal Modernization and Expansion (San Joaquin County)
- Stockton Diamond Grade Separation (SJRRC)
- RTD Solar Energy and Battery Storage Project (Phase 2) (SJRTD)
- Arch Road Widening (Stockton)
- Lower Sacramento Corridor (Stockton)
- North Stockton I-5 Interchanges and widening (Stockton)
- International Park of Commerce (IPC): Interchange Improvements and Parkway Improvements (Tracy)
- Lammers Road/I-205 Interchange Project (Tracy)
- Valley Link Commuter Rail Project (Tracy)