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Monterey County PLA Vote TODAY on $63M Interlake Tunnel Project 

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors and Monterey County Water Resources Agency will vote TODAYto give the Monterey County Water Resources Agency the green light to negotiate a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the project connecting Lake Nacimiento and Lake San Antonio. All contractors selected to work on the project will have to adhere to the PLA terms regardless of the construction services method they use.

We Need You To Do Two Things:  

1. Attend and speak out at the meeting (see details below).  

2. Contact the Monterey County Board of Supervisors and Monterey County Water Resources Agency Board and staff and ask them to vote NO on the PLA (contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for talking points).

ClickThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to email Chairman Louis Calcagno and Monterey County Board of Supervisors Armenta, Potter, Parker and Salinas 

Click here to email Chairman Richard Ortiz, Monterey County Water Resources Agency Board of Directors and staff


Meeting Details

When: TODAY, December 9th at 2:00 p.m.

Where: Monterey County Government Center, Board Chamber
              168 W. Alisal St. 1st Floor Salinas, CA 93901 

Background Info

AB 155, signed by Governor Brown, mandates the Monterey County Water Resources Agency to use a PLA if the agency uses the Design-Build method for the construction of the proposed $25M Interlake Tunnel Project to connect Lake Nacimiento and Lake San Antonio by an underground tunnel or pipeline. 

On July 28, the Monterey County Water Resources Agency Board of Directors voted 5-3 to direct agency staff to contact the Monterey County Board of Supervisors and ask them to withdraw support for AB155-Alejo.

Past discussions at Board of Supervisors meetings and news media coverage of those meetings suggest that the PLA is an unwritten condition to obtain state funding for this project from the Proposition 1 Water Bond. The boards need to publicly discuss this rationale and the ethical ramifications of mandating a labor agreement as an unwritten condition of receiving state funding for a project.