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Rebuild SoCal Partnership consists of more than 2,700 contractors throughout Southern California that represent more than 90,000 union workers in all 12 Southern California counties. The Partnership is dedicated to working with elected officials and educating the public on the continued need for essential infrastructure funding, including airports, bridges, ports, rail, roads, and water. Located in Anaheim, CA. The podcast will discuss up-and-coming construction trends and projects in Southern California that will affect your community and your life.

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Rebuild SoCal Partnership consists of more than 2,700 contractors throughout Southern California that represent more than 90,000 union workers in all 12 Southern California counties. The Partnership is dedicated to working with elected officials and educating the public on the continued need for essential infrastructure funding, including airports, bridges, ports, rail, roads, and water. Located in Anaheim, CA. The podcast will discuss up-and-coming construction trends and projects in Southern California that will affect your community and your life.

    The High Cost of Underinvestment

    The High Cost of Underinvestment

    The High Cost of Underinvestment: Assessing the State of Infrastructure in Southern California

    In this episode, host Jon Switalski spoke with Matt Newman, the Principal and Co-Founder of Blue Sky Consulting Group, about a new report titled “The High Cost of Underinvestment: Assessing the State of Infrastructure in Southern California,” Rebuild SoCal Partnership launched in January of this year. We discuss key findings from the report, including transportation challenges, regional bridge and water system concerns, and equity disparities.



    Over the past decade, Southern California's infrastructure investment has plummeted by 37 percent, impacting critical needs. Infrastructure at our regional ports needs investment, too - an estimated $5.7 billion investment is needed over the next decade for efficient goods movement at the region's ports.



    Infrastructure investment drives economic growth, enables the swift movement of goods throughout the region, enhances health and safety across communities, and improves the quality of life for residents.



    To read the full report, please visit https://rebuildsocal.org/2024report/

    • 24 min
    The Challenges and Opportunities of Water in Southern California

    The Challenges and Opportunities of Water in Southern California

    In this episode, host Jon Switalski spoke with Adán Ortega, the Chair of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). Ortega took office as chair on January 1st of this year. We discussed the effects of the rain and storms in Southern California earlier this year, the challenges with building new water infrastructure, the future of water delivery in Southern California, and more!



    Please note this episode was recorded on June 28th, 2023.

    • 27 min
    Denise Cooper Talks Success and Growth in the Construction Industry

    Denise Cooper Talks Success and Growth in the Construction Industry

    Women in Construction - President and CEO of Cooper Engineering Inc. Denise Cooper joins host Jon Switalski for an inspiring conversation about being a successful woman and business owner in the construction industry. Cooper talks about how young women should want to join the construction industry and not feel scared to do so, her journey into the industry, and the key to having a successful small business. 



    Please note: This episode was recorded on March 8th, 2023. If you have any questions or suggestions for future episodes, please email podcasts@rebuildsocal.org

    • 32 min
    Rebuild's Conversation with San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Nora Vargas

    Rebuild's Conversation with San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Nora Vargas

    In this episode of The Rebuild SoCal Zone, host Jon Switalski spoke with the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman, Nora Vargas. Chairwoman Vargas was sworn in on January 4, 2021, to represent San Diego County’s 1st Supervisorial District. A first-generation immigrant, Supervisor Vargas is the first Latina, binational, and woman of color to serve as County Supervisor in the nearly 200-year history of the County of San Diego. She served as Vice-Chair of the Board for her first two terms and, on January 10th, 2023,  was unanimously elected Chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors. We discuss transportation policies and projects in San Diego County, the importance of affordable housing in our communities for young and working families, having a regional impact on San Diegans, and more!



    Please note this episode was recorded on February 27th, 2023

    • 30 min
    Women in Construction: Teresa Stevenson Discusses How Joining the Operating Engineers was the Best Thing She Has Ever Done

    Women in Construction: Teresa Stevenson Discusses How Joining the Operating Engineers was the Best Thing She Has Ever Done

    This time around on our women in construction series, host Jon Switalski spoke with Teresa Stevenson. Stevenson is currently a Public License Works Inspector for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12. Stevenson joined the Operating Engineers when she was 52 and now, at 58, talks to us about her experience as a woman in such a male-dominated field. She also talks to us about the current project at the San Diego International Airport she is working on and how proud she feels when these projects are completed. Tune in to the episode and listen for more! 



    This episode was recorded on February 21st, 2023

    • 25 min
    The Value of Sweat Equity in Construction with Union Laborer Charles Fair

    The Value of Sweat Equity in Construction with Union Laborer Charles Fair

    In this episode of The Rebuild SoCal Zone, host Jon Switalski spoke with Charles Fair, who is a member of the Laborers Union Local 89 in San Diego. Fair has been a member of Local 89 since 2008. We discuss the growth of San Diego, projects Charles has been a part of, mental health in the construction industry, and more!

    Please note: This episode was recorded on February 9th, 2023

    • 30 min

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