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The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) offered its gratitude and congratulations to its First Vice President, Randon Lane, who has resigned to accept a presidential appointment in Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, Lane announced his resignation as Mayor Pro-Tem of the City of Murrieta, as well as his appointed roles at SCAG, the League of California Cities and the Riverside Transit Agency, to accept a role within the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“Randon has shown extraordinary leadership on regional transportation issues throughout Southern California. His city and our region will miss him, but we know he will accomplish great things in Washington,” said SCAG President Bill Jahn.

Rex Richardson, a Long Beach City Councilmember, will replace Lane as SCAG’s First Vice President. The agency’s Regional Council will select Richardson’s successor as Second Vice President at its September meeting.

Read the full press release here.

The future of transportation is zero-emission. Is your city ready? Help be a part of the transition to zero-emission mobility by learning about the laws and best practices in permitting electric vehicle charging infrastructure and hydrogen refueling infrastructure.

Join us at SCAG Headquarters in downtown Los Angeles or via webinar on Tuesday, March 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for a workshop covering new technologies, working with utilities, permitting best practices, funding opportunities and complying with the American with Disabilities Act. All city planners, building officials, sustainability managers and anyone interested in zero-emission vehicles are welcome to attend.

This workshop is presented in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) with a complimentary lunch provided by Veloz and a zero-emissions vehicle test ride.

Register to attend here.

Please contact Joseph Cryer at with any questions.

​SCAG recently completed the public input period for the Draft Connect SoCal plan, the 2020-2045 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy. The draft plan was released for public comment and review starting on Nov. 14.

During the 10-week comment period SCAG held three public hearings, a webinar and a tele-town hall, welcoming anyone to learn more and provide comments regarding the draft plan. SCAG also hosted a series of 21 briefings for local elected officials throughout the region. These meetings were designed to inform elected officials, stakeholders and interested citizens on the key investments and strategies in the draft plan and solicit feedback.

Upon closing the comment period on Jan. 24, SCAG had received more than 1,000 comments on the draft plan. Our sincere thanks to the residents and stakeholders from throughout the counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura who shared their comments and questions. The public review and comment period caps off more than three years of dialogue and consultation on this planning effort. 

A report summarizing the entirety of comments will be presented to the Regional Council at their March meeting, and a document summarizing all comments and staff responses will be available online shortly thereafter. Consideration of a Proposed Final Connect SoCal plan is anticipated in April.

For more information and updates on the Connect SoCal plan, the Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) and related documents, visit

Sarah Jepson has been appointed Planning Director for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization representing six counties, 191 cities and nearly 19 million residents.

Prior to her appointment as Acting Planning Director in April, Jepson has been a key contributor in the Planning Division as Manager of Active Transportation and Special Programs Department, a group she was hired to form in November 2013 to advance the region’s sustainability plan. In that role, she was responsible for overseeing long-range planning and policy development in the areas of active transportation, public health, energy and water.

Read a full press release here:


Recognizing Excellence in Sustainability Planning Throughout Southern California


The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is committed to highlighting excellence in sustainable planning and projects in the SCAG Region. These plans and projects are integral to carrying out the goals and policies of SCAG’s Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy and promote a cleaner, healthier and happier Southern California. Each year, SCAG honors projects that best exemplify the core principles of sustainability with awards at the Annual Regional Conference & General Assembly.

SCAG is now accepting nominations for plans and projects that use innovative planning to improve the mobility, livability, prosperity and sustainability of our region. For more information about the types of projects that SCAG recognizes, please click here. The SCAG Sustainability Awards Program is open to all. Applications from projects that span across agencies, sectors and geographies are welcome to submit a joint entry. Eligible submissions include plans, projects and programs completed or adopted between January 1, 2016 and December 1, 2019. Along with the awards ceremony, videos of winning projects will be presented at the 2020 Regional Conference & General Assembly at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa on May 6-8th.

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