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Workshop on General Plan Guideline Update by the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
SCAG headquarters (Board Room) with videoconferencing sites as below.

The Governors Office of Planning and Research (OPR) would like to invite you to participate in a local government focused discussion of OPRs update to the General Plan Guidelines. The discussion is an opportunity for you to provide OPR with input about the update to the General Plan Guidelines. In particular, OPR will seek input from local governments about how the General Plan Guidelines can be more useful in updating general plans. OPR wants to know what data, maps, and information would be the most helpful to address the statutory requirements for general plans. Additionally, OPR wants to know how an online General Plan Guidelines would be useful. This input will be vital to ensure OPR is providing current, relevant information for use by local governments to prepare and update general plans.

If you plan on attending at the SCAG Headquarters, you do not need to RSVP.

The meeting will be broadcast by video at the following regional locations. If you plan to attend at a regional location, please RSVP to the contact person listed below:

Orange County Office (OCTA)
600 S. Main Street, Suite 906 Orange, CA 92863
Contact: Kevin Gilhooley, Gilhooley@scag.ca.gov, 213-236-1878

Ventura County Office, 950 County Square Drive, Suite 101, Ventura, CA 93003
Contact: John Procter, procter@scag.ca.gov, 213-236-1965

Imperial County Office, 1405 N. Imperial Ave., Suite 1,El Centro, CA 92243
Contact: Tomas Oliva, oliva@scag.ca.gov, 213-236-1967

Riverside County Office, 3403 10th Street, Suite 805, Riverside, CA 92501
Contact: Cheryl Leising, leising@scag.ca.gov, 213-236-1926

Palmdale, 38250 Sierra Hwy., Palmdale, CA 93550
Contact: Mike Behen, mbehen@cityofpalmdale.org, 661-267-5337
Jim Deyo, jdeyo@cityofplamdale.org, 661-267-5347

Southbay Cities COG 20285 S. Western Av., Suite 100, Torrance, CA 90501
Contact: Chandler Shields, chandler@scesc.com, 310-371-7222, x215 or
Jenn Alderete, jenn@scesc.com, 310-371-7222, x300

SCAG San Bernardino Regional Office, 1170 W. 3rd St., Suite 140, San Bernardino, CA 92410
Contact: Arnold San Miguel, sanmiguel@scag.ca.gov, 213-236-1925

Coachella Valley Association of Governments, 73-710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 200, Palm Desert, CA 92206
Contact: Aurora Wilson, awilson@cvag.org, 760-346-1127

Active transportation efforts in Southern California received a major financial boost with the recent announcement that 68 projects will be awarded a total of $115.2 million through the state's Active Transportation Program. Southern California received the majority share - approximately 63 percent - of the total ​funding from the program, which is administered through the California Transportation Commission. SCAG was also among the awardees, with a $2.3 million grant to conduct the region-wide, Southern California Active Transportation Safety and Encouragement Campaign.

View the press release here.

Keywords : active transportation

​​Fifty years after Congress passed the Economic Opportunity Act, poverty remains a national, regional and local crisis. In Southern California, more than 3 million people live in poverty, including one in every four children. Regional leaders in education, business and government gathered today at the 50 Years into the War on Poverty summit, hosted by SCAG and the Southern California Leadership Council, to discuss collaborative ways of creating jobs and providing workforce training for the most vulnerable populations in the region.

View the press release here​.

Keywords : Population and Employment

​The latest issue of SCAG's Spotlight E-Newsletter is now available.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is conducting a critical affordability survey of the average annual household costs of providing drinking water, sanitary sewers, combined storm and sanitary sewers and flood control systems in our communities. The U.S. Conference of Mayors will be using this information to inform members of Congress on the real costs to cities of operating and maintaining the nation’s critical utility systems. The U.S. Conference of Mayors is currently working with members of Congress on potential legislation, including guidance on the affordability of federal mandates and providing additional funding to communities.

In order to gather this information, cities are being asked to complete a brief survey of the water costs in your community. This survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/watercosts.

Alternatively, a hard copy of the survey (attached) can be completed and emailed to sgv@sgvcog.org. A sample completed survey and sample results are attached. To see if your city has already completed the survey visit the SGVCOG website.

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