Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa will be a primary witness Feb. 23 before a joint House-Senate hearing intended to collect local ideas for comprehensive surface transportation legislation.
Rep. John A. Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will be joined by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, for what will likely be their only joint meeting.
The Los Angeles hearing is one of a string of "listening sessions" that Mica is conducting around the country. Both his committee and Boxer's are charged with drafting a bill to replace a six-year spending plan that expired in September 2009. Several government officials have indicated that a new law should be in place this year.
Villaraigosa will be joined by Cindy McKim, director of Caltrans, representatives of labor environmental groups, and directors of regional transportation commissions. The witness list does not include representatives from the Los Angeles or Long Beach ports or other freight interests.
The hearing will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Brentwood Theater at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration campus.
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