I received this press release from Mark Rosen’s people:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 11, 2007
Contact: Mark Rosen
MARK ROSEN SELECTED TO CHAIR
IMPORTANT OCTA COMMITTEE
Carolyn Cavecche, newly elected Orange County Transportation Authority chairperson, announced today that she has appointed Garden Grove mayor pro tem Mark Rosen to be the new chairman of the Regional Planning and Highways Committee.
The Regional Planning and Highways Committee is the OCTA committee charged with all decisions regarding the county’s highways. The committee oversees the master planning for the county’s transportation system. The chairman automatically sits on the Executive Board of OCTA.
The Regional Planning and Highways committee has significant input on the expenditure of $11.9 billion in Measure M funds over the next thirty years.
As an OCTA member and Garden Grove Mayor Pro Tem, Rosen is known for his leadership for the 22 Freeway widening with additional lanes, sound walls, rubberized asphalt, and widened underpasses. He believes in allocating Measure MÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s resources to the most populous areas of the county.
In his two years on the OCTA board, Rosen has emphasized protecting the residents in the central part of the county. This has included fighting for the widening of the Garden Grove Freeway, and protecting homes and businesses in Westminster from being taken for an expansion of the San Diego Freeway. Rosen has never been a rubber stamp for staff decisions. One noted commentator, “Jubal” of OC Blog, wrote in an entry on November 16, 2005: “I second Lurk’s nomination of Supervisor Chris Norby [for OCTA chair]. Garden Grove Councilman Mark Rosen is another bulldog who is skeptical of staff. Both would be good fits for the chairmanship.”