2021 Virtual Luncheons
February 2021 Luncheon
California Transportation Commissioner Michele Martinez shared more about the CTC's approval in December of $2 billion in SB-1 funding for 56 new projects that will create more than 100,000 jobs statewide. She also shared insights about the vision for California's transportation system and how recent legislative changes may influence Orange County.
In addition, WTS-OC spotlighted five Interim SBE / DBE Corporate Partners during the program.
Civil Works Engineers
Costin Public Outreach Group
To learn more about these firms and the rest of WTS-OC's Corporate Partners, visit our Corporate Partners page.
March 2021 Luncheon
Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA): Women in Leadership
This year's Foothill/Eastern TCA and San Joaquin Hills TCA Boards are again being chaired by two women:
Honorable Peggy Huang, Mayor of Yorba Linda
Honorable Patricia Kelley, Mayor or Mission Viejo
The two Chairwomen shared insights about serving in leadership roles at both the regional and local levels, the challenges faced while doing so during a pandemic, and their visions for the future of transportation in Orange County. The panel was moderated by acclaimed leadership expert, author and speaker Teri Fisher, CEO and Managing Partner of Insight Strategies.
April 2021 Luncheon
San Bernardino County Transportation Authority
Dr. Raymond Wolfe, Executive Director of SBCTA, along with Time Watkins and Otis Greer of SBCTA's legislative and public affairs, shared how the Authority has advanced several key initiatives during the pandemic, including continued implementation of its $4.4 billion 10-Year Delivery Plan through the county's Measure I 2010-40 program.
They also discussed construction of the I-10 Express Lanes Design-Build project between the Los Angeles County Line and I-15, as well as the Authority's innovative measures to revolutionize passenger rail in Southern California. The I-10 project is the largest undertaken in SBCTA's history.
May 2021 Luncheon
Orange County Transportation Authority CEO Darrell E. Johnson and Deputy CEO/COO Jennifer L. Bergener provided updates on the Measure M Next 10 Delivery Plan, as well as the agency's sustainability initiatives and efforts underway related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
June 2021 Luncheon
Los Angeles World Airports Chief Sustainability and Revenue Management Officer Samantha Bricker is responsible for overseeing sustainability programs and all revenue management for LAX and Van Nuys general aviation airports, which includes parking, concessions, real estate, ground transportation and mobility.
LAX is in the midst of a $14.3-billion capital improvement program that includes upgrades and renovations to all passenger terminals and building new facilities, including an Automated People Mover train, Consolidated Rent-a-Car facility, and intermodal transportation facilities. With an economic output of more than $126.6 billion, Samantha shared how this powerhouse organization generates economic benefits and jobs for the City and County of Los Angeles without funding from the City's General Fund.