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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: http://scag.ca.gov/Documents/PR_SCAG_Planning_Director.pdf

 

Posted March 27, 2020

Following a cooperative and comprehensive planning process with stakeholders, SCAG has made available the Proposed Final Connect SoCal and its Proposed Final Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). SCAG received over 107 separate communications (both oral and written) on the draft, which staff reviewed and addressed in the Proposed Final Connect SoCal, as appropriate. SCAG thanks everyone who provided feedback on a sustainable vision for Southern California. The Proposed Final Connect SoCal and PEIR will be considered for adoption at the next Joint Meeting of the Policy Committees and Regional Council.

SCAG is working to confirm timing for a Regional Council meeting at which the Regional Council will consider certification of the Proposed Final PEIR and adoption of the Proposed Final Connect SoCal. We will notify all interested parties of the date and meeting details as soon as they are finalized. While compliance with all legal requirements is of the utmost priority, the timeline for this process may, as with so many things, be impacted by circumstances related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. SCAG is monitoring the situation closely and will follow guidance from local, state and federal health agencies.

Connect SoCal is a long-range vision that balances future mobility and housing needs with economic, environmental and public health goals. It will help guide the region's growth and includes transportation improvements and land use ideas to shape the future of Southern California.

The Proposed Final Connect SoCal, its project list and 20 supporting technical reports are now available for download as PDFs here. SCAG has also prepared a Proposed Final PEIR for Connect SoCal in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which is available for review here.

SCAG is using email and social media to notify parties of the availability of the Proposed Final Connect SoCal and Proposed Final PEIR.

SCAG will continue to maintain an email distribution list for the Connect SoCal and PEIR. To be added to or removed from the Connect SoCal or PEIR distribution lists, request hard copies of future CEQA notices, or request general assistance, please email ConnectSoCal@scag.ca.gov or 2020PEIR@scag.ca.gov and provide your full name, telephone number, email and mailing addresses.

Posted March 24, 2020

Is SCAG open to the public?

SCAG’s regular business activities are continuing as normal; however, SCAG offices, including headquarters and regional offices, are closed at this time until further notice. SCAG staff can be reached by phone and email. 

Is SCAG hosting stakeholder meetings?

Meetings will be facilitated by telephone and video via Skype and Zoom. Please visit our website at scag.ca.gov​ for details about current and upcoming meetings, including call-in information.

SCAG will not be hosting external meetings at this time. Current bookings will be honored unless circumstances change. 

Is SCAG’s General Assembly and Regional Conference cancelled?

The Regional Conference component is canceled. After careful consideration of the growing concerns associated with the novel coronavirus outbreak in California, SCAG’s 55th Annual Regional Conference & General Assembly as originally scheduled for May 6-8 will not proceed.

We are currently evaluating alternative options for holding a General Assembly. The SCAG General Assembly is required to convene annually to adopt the agency’s budget and consider changes to the bylaws. They are also responsible for the approval of the agency’s slate of executive officers for the coming year. We are in the process of determining the best way to appropriately address these matters and will share updates as soon as plans are confirmed.

What about Regional Council and Policy Committee Meetings?

SCAG is evaluating available options for conducting Regional Council and Policy Committee meetings, and compliance with all legal requirements is of the utmost priority.

The April 2 Regional Council and Policy Committee meetings will be rescheduled to a special meeting, date to be confirmed shortly with participation by teleconference and web-based video conferencing via Zoom. 

The March meeting of the Legislative/Communications and Membership Committee has been postponed until April 21.

SCAG will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow guidance from local, state and federal health agencies and updates will be shared as they are available.

Where can I find resources for my jurisdiction?

SCAG remains committed to supporting our local communities and serving as a resource for member agencies and Regional Council and Policy Members during this challenging time. 

Please contact your county’s Regional Affairs Officer or Regional Services Manager, Javiera Cartagena at cartagena@scag.ca.gov with any questions or for assistance. Regional contacts can be found here.

How is SCAG handling deadlines for grant/projects and letters of support from SCAG?

Staff continues to communicate with state and federal funders and has requested guidance, particularly regarding outreach deliverables. We will strive to keep our project sponsors up to date. At this time, existing deadlines remain intact as regular business activities continue. For questions regarding specific projects and grants, please contact your project manager.

SCAG staff remains available to provide letters of support for your agency’s applications for state and federal competitive grant programs. Please contact Kevin Gilhooley at gilhooley@scag.ca.gov to secure this service.

Due to public health warnings concerning COVID-19, the SCAG office is closed until further notice. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here for updates.

After careful consideration of the growing public health concerns regarding Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19), we have made the decision to cancel the Regional Conference and General Assembly, scheduled for May 6-8 in Palm Desert. We feel this is the best decision to help decrease the spread of virus across the Southern California region and protect the health and safety of our staff, board and partners.

For more than 50 years, the Regional Conference and General Assembly has been an opportunity to unite the region around a common goal. The theme of this year’s conference -- Collaboration, Community and Connection – seems as important now as we try to find new ways to work together during this unprecedented global situation.

We remain committed to creating an engaging and rewarding conference experience while being mindful of the safety and wellbeing of our community and look forward to hosting you at the next Regional Conference and General Assembly in 2021.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the conference, please visit the event website here.

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