I’m sure we’re all happy to be free of the political commercials, if only to be barraged by suggestions for our Christmas lists.

But, if nothing else, the recent political season also served as a reminder to those of us engaged in public works construction, which is about all our readers. The reminder is that we need to communicate with our elected officials about the necessity to keep their eye on the infrastructure needs of their constituents and our role in meeting those needs.

Recently ECA had the pleasure of having Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Kathryn Barger install the 2023 ECABoard of Directors. Prior to swearing in the Board, Supervisor Barger presented us with a challenge to inform our elected officials on the need to repair and expand the infrastructure in Southern California. She also thanked ECA for being proactive in letting her office know of any deficiencies and concerns we might have associated with Los Angeles County.

Supervisor Barger is unique in that she understands the need to continually be aware of the fragility of our infrastructure and how it affects not just the 2,000,000 residents in her 5th District but everyone in Southern California.

After our October 21, 2022, Board Installation she was a speaker at the October 26th Building Industry Association of Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter Awards & Installation Event in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. In addition to her biweekly meetings as one of five members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, she serves on the Boards of Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metrolink and Board of CAState Associations of Counties.

On November 29th she took time to be interviewed by Rebuild SoCal Partnership for their Zone Podcast where again she spoke about the need for infrastructure.

From her experience of serving the 5th District and the number of Public Works Boards, in which she participates, Supervisor Barger brings a wealth of information and knowledge that ECA can utilize and help increase and maintain the infrastructure of Southern California. We as an Association need to support more individuals like Supervisor Barger.

By Dave Sorem, P.E. ECA Government Affairs Chairman Email: [email protected]