Mayor Acquanetta Warren joined President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House last Thursday to discuss infrastructure needs as part of an Infrastructure Summit.
Mayor Warren, the only elected official from California, was among a group of ten mayors invited to attend the summit that consisted of working group sessions culminating in a general session with the President. She was joined by eight governors and nearly a dozen county officials and tribal leaders to start a dialogue with the Trump Administration about infrastructure investments.
“They didn't share with me why I was selected,” Warren shared. “But, I originally met Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at the United States Conference of Mayors leadership meeting in March, where I serve on the Advisory Board. We had a great discussion about the needs of our region.”
Mayor Warren was the first mayor called to speak during the general session with the President. She emphasized the need for infrastructure to produce jobs for our future generations and streamlining the permitting process.
"All federal level permitting is well-intentioned but it creates unnecessary costs and delays," stated Mayor Warren." We will all benefit if the permitting process is streamlined."
Mayor Warren also stressed the importance of Fontana and the inland region for the movement of goods both nationally and internationally. "Our proximity to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach represent the gateway to the Asian markets. Fontana and San Bernardino County represent the gateway to America," added Mayor Warren. She advocated for more local infrastructure to support the movement of goods to the national market.
Prior to the general session, Mayor Warren met with Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to discuss ideas to incorporate into the infrastructure policy. She plans to continue her discussion with Secretary Chao and all members of the Cabinet.
Mayor Warren will reach out to her regional partners and ask them to join in this effort. She stated, "Our ability to work as a region will give us the attention that we need."
"Meeting President Trump was a great honor and I'm so grateful to the White House for including Fontana in the Infrastructure Summit," said Mayor Warren.
"My greatest honor is representing the citizens of Fontana and sharing our needs with our country's decision makers. This meeting opens the dialogue between Fontana and the White House to make sure our region gets a piece of those federal dollars."