Governor Signs O’Donnell Bill that Accelerates Sidewalk Repairs

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Assembly Bill 2932 Speeds Up Construction and Repair of Long Beach Sidewalks and Curb Ramps

(SACRAMENTO) – Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Assembly Bill 2932 authored by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach). AB 2932 expedites sidewalk construction in the City of Long Beach and makes other infrastructure improvements for city residents. 

“AB 2932 is a victory for Long Beach residents, especially seniors and those with disabilities, who will be able to safely travel along city streets and benefit from expanded access to sidewalks and curb ramps,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said. “I would like to thank Governor Newsom for signing this bill and to the City of Long Beach for working with me on legislation that will ensure shovel ready projects are completed quickly, on time and without delay.”

AB 2932 will allow the city to issue contracts that incorporate both the design and construction processes for sidewalk and curb ramp improvements. This will enable the city to comply with a 2017 settlement agreement to upgrade sidewalk infrastructure, including 4,500 curb ramps that meet American with Disabilities Act requirements by December 31, 2022.

The bill contains an urgency clause, which means that the bill becomes law immediately upon the governor's signature. The city will be able to issue requests for proposals immediately.

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Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.