Newsletter|January 29, 2024

January’s Government Affairs Update

AGC of California Legislative Update – Governor Newsom’s Budget Proposal

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, Governor Newsom released his budget proposal projecting a smaller than anticipated shortfall of $37.8 Billion. Please click here to access the analysis of the proposal generated by AGC of California’s expert legislative advocates from the APEX Group. It is a starting point in negotiations with the Legislature, meaning specific funding cuts outlined in the proposal are not set in stone. The AGC of California government affairs staff and legislative advocates will continue to engage in the budget process and share updates with AGC of California members as information develops. If you have any questions, please contact Chris O’Connor at

Districts Drive Legislative Offense

AGC of California districts helps drive the organization’s legislative offense strategy by building relationships with key elected officials across the state. Over the past several months, AGC of California districts have been particularly busy inviting officials to present and discuss industry priorities at local board meetings. These opportunities are an instrumental piece of the puzzle in building relationships with officials while also educating them on the benefits of our industry.
Northern California District Boards:


  • Steve Hanson – Candidate, Sacramento Mayor (December)
  • Dr. Richard Pan – Candidate, Sacramento Mayor (December)
  • Phil Pluckebaum – Candidate, Sacramento City Council (December)

San Joaquin:

  • Robert Phipps – Interim Executive Director, Fresno Council of Governments (January)

South Bay:

  • Madison Nguyen – Candidate, Santa Clara County Supervisor (November)

Bay Bridges:

  • Rebecca Long – Bay Area Housing Finance Authority (BAHFA) process for a bay area wide affordable housing bond (January)

Southern California District Boards:

Los Angeles:

  • County Supervisor Katherine Barger (January)

Orange County:

  • County Supervisor Farrah Khan (January)

Riverside-San Bernardino:

  • Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson (January)

To learn more about your local district government affairs efforts, contact Chris Smith,, for Northern California, and Brian Mello,, for Southern California.

Check out our brand new Construction Law series!

Hear directly from expert construction attorneys on various topics throughout the year. There’s an opportunity to ask them direct questions to get an expert opinion! FREE for AGC of California members.
AB 594: Labor Code & Enforcement (Feb. 22 at 11:30 a.m.): click here to register
AB 334: Public Contracts (March 18 @ 12 p.m.): click here to register

To learn more about the trainings that we offer, please contact Kendra Bilo at

Registration is open for PGA Barracuda Championship Experience 2024!

You are invited to participate in AGC of California’s most impactful political fundraiser of the year at the PGA Barracuda Championship Experience on July 20-21 in Truckee, California.

In addition to strengthening the political might of the construction industry, you will be able to experience an exclusive two-day getaway with VIP entry for two to an all-inclusive hospitality tent and up-close access to the PGA golfers. Click here to view our flyerClick here to register.
Contact Chris O’Connor at if you have any questions.

Don’t forget to register for AGC of California’s 2024 Virtual Rail Showcase!

AGC of California’s Highway and Transportation Division invites you to the 2024 Statewide Rail Showcase set to take place on Feb. 12 from 10 – 11 a.m. This event will give members the opportunity to meet with key personnel from some of California’s most critical rail agencies, see upcoming projects, understand delivery methods being used, and so much more. Please join us as we hear presentations from LA Metro, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Metrolink, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), and Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) Rail, with more to be announced soon. Click here to register.

Please contact Payton Montes at if you have any questions.

All AGC of California members are invited to our upcoming Legislative Committee meetings!

Join us at our upcoming Legislative Committee meetings to learn more about legislation that impacts the construction industry and have your voice heard! Click the links below to register for our upcoming meetings in 2024:
Feb. 8 at 2 – 3:30 p.m. (Virtual): Click here to register
March 15 at 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (In-Person): Click here to register
April 4 at 2:30 – 4 p.m. (Virtual): Click here to register

For more information, please contact Chris O’Connor at

SB-553 Workplace Violence

AGC of California’s Safety and Health Council is presently engaged in the development of a standardized template for the Workplace Violence Prevention Plan, Violent Incident Log, and corresponding training materials intended for use by its members in response to Gavin Newsom endorsing SB 553. We are committed to keeping all stakeholders informed as we diligently progress in the creation of this template. Should you have any inquiries or require further clarification regarding SB 553, please do not hesitate to reach out to Tresten Keys at

Off-Road Regulation Contracting Requirements

Explore the latest developments in sustainable construction with our recorded webinar on the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) In-Use Off-Road Diesel-Fueled Fleets Regulations. This recording highlights insightful discussions led by CARB staff, covering new renewable diesel requirements and essential contracting insights. Access the webinar now for free by clicking here.

CARB Advanced Clean Fleets Regulation

On Dec. 28 CARB announced that they would “exercise enforcement discretion” and NOT take enforcement action against fleet owners who fail to report their fleet by the Jan. 1, 2024, deadline under the recently adopted Advanced Clean Fleets regulation. Click here for the full notice.  AGC of California has prepared a detailed bulletin to help industry better understand the requirements of the regulation. You can find the bulletin here.

CARB In-Use Off-Road Diesel Regulation

On Jan. 1, 2024 CARB began enforcing recent changes to the Off-Road rule with specific responsibilities for Prime Contractors and a mandate on Renewable Diesel R99 and R100.

AGC of California has prepared a detailed bulletin to help industry better understand the requirements of the regulation. You can find the bulletin here. For specifics on Renewable Diesel requirements, click here.

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