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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.

SCAG's Go Human campaign is proud to announce that we have awarded 28 Local Community Engagement and Safety Mini-Grants (Mini-Grants) to fund projects that build street-level community resiliency and increase the safety of vulnerable street users, including those who depend on biking and walking.

The Mini-Grants expand the concept of traffic safety amid the efforts to reduce the transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and recognize its unprecedented impact on our communities. SCAG received nearly 50 applications and awarded more than $200,000 in Mini-Grants for projects across the region.

Awarded projects span a wide range of activities that center the mobility and transportation needs of those most impacted by COVID-19 including a storytelling radio series focusing on transit, virtual workshops for youth, free bike match and repair for essential workers and families, and co-creation of community resilience and safety resources, among many other creative and impactful projects. View the full list of funded projects on the Go Human website. Congrats to all awarded projects and community partners!

Full press release available here.

Los Angeles – The Regional Council of Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) adopted a resolution Thursday to meaningfully advance justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and work in partnership with others to close the gap of racial injustice.

In a parallel move, the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization approved a partnership with the California Community Foundation and other nonprofits, and will provide $1 million in funding to promote community-driven equitable economic and housing strategies throughout the six-county region.

"SCAG stands in solidarity with those working toward a fair and just society, and with those calling for systemic change to eliminate all barriers that reduce opportunity and undermine Southern California’s shared values and ability to thrive," the resolution states.

Approved overwhelmingly by the Regional Council, the measure creates an ad hoc Special Committee “to further develop SCAG’s response to advancing social justice throughout the agency’s activities.”

Full press release available here

Staff report on board action available here.

The Regional Council today voted to approve the Scholarship Committee recommendations for the 2020 SCAG Scholarship Program Awards. This year, SCAG received 93 applications from high school and community college students from across the region. Ten outstanding students were selected for scholarships, representing all six of SCAG’s member counties. The scholarship recipients include: Aaliyah Felix (El Centro), Ashley Anderson (Covina), Doyup Kwon (Torrance), Chloe Niebla (Westminster), Mirabella Smith (Canyon Lake), Ysabella Sardillo (Apple Valley), Kimiko Stafford (Thousand Oaks), Emily Hardesty (Long Beach), and Andrea Hansen (Chino Hills). Continuing the partnership established from the 2019 awards, the California Transportation Foundation agreed to fund an additional scholarship for 2020, which will be awarded to Chiari Palagi (Riverside). The SCAG Scholarship Program provides each awardee with both a monetary scholarship of $4,000 and a two-week internship with SCAG or a local planning agency, in order to help students build the foundation for a career in urban planning and local government. Congratulations to these future leaders in Southern California’s planning and governing community!​

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Posted June 30, 2020

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2019 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #19-23 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. The Public Review period starts on June 30, 2020 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on July 9, 2020.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at http://ftip.scag.ca.gov/Pages/2019/proposed.aspx.

Please note that some of the changes or project additions may be for projects funded with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 funds. This public involvement opportunity is provided to meet the public involvement requirements for the program of projects.

SCAG is relying on the public participation process for the FTIP to satisfy FTA public participation requirements for the transit program of projects. The public notice of public participation activities and the time established for public review of and comments on the FTIP will satisfy the pop requirements of the Section 5307 program.

Subject to revisions to address comments received during the public review period, the 2019 FTIP as revised by Proposed Amendment #19-23 will be the final program unless amended, and a final notice will not be published.

If you have any questions or comments concerning this amendment, contact Pablo Gutierrez at (213) 236-1929 no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 9, 2020.

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