We are ecstatic at the news that Governor Newsom has appointed Michele Martinez to the California Transportation Commission. Ms. Martinez is a former Santa Ana City Councilmember and President of SCAG. We worked closely with her in the Orange County Active Transportation Network, which she co-chaired. She was one of the recommendations that we and our partners submitted for the open seat and we are thrilled to have a person with her background and her understanding of the critical role that transportation systems play in the health of marginalized communities on the CTC. We’re already encouraged by her stated intent to engage advocates in the CTC’s decision making, and we look forward to working together on efforts to align California’s transportation spending with the goals of climate and mobility justice, equity, and climate sustainability.