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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,, 213-236-1878

Ventura County Office, 950 County Square Drive, Suite 101, Ventura, CA 93003
Contact: John Procter,, 213-236-1965

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

Riverside County Office, 3403 10th Street, Suite 805, Riverside, CA 92501
Contact: Cheryl Leising,, 213-236-1926

Palmdale, 38250 Sierra Hwy., Palmdale, CA 93550
Contact: Mike Behen,, 661-267-5337
Jim Deyo,, 661-267-5347

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

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

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

On September 24, 2015, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $22.5 million FY 2015 funds for the Low or No (LoNo) Emission Vehicle Deployment Program. The capital program is a highly competitive grant program that supports the deployment of low or no emission transit buses along with supporting facilities and related equipment. The program is a great opportunity for entities to upgrade their fleet for the cleanest and most energy efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations, but not widely available. During the previous request for proposals, SCAG, in collaboration with SunLine Transit Agency (SunLine), received the largest grant award of $9.8 million. SunLine will use the funds as a pass-thru grant to build and deploy five (5) hydrogen electric hybrid fuel cell buses.

Due to the program requirements, SCAG must apply as the lead applicant for large urbanized areas in the SCAG region. At this time, SCAG is now accepting applications for the program. Interested, eligible sub-recipients in the SCAG region must submit their applications to SCAG by 5:00 pm (PST) on November 11, 2015. SCAG will review the applications on behalf of the region and submit each sub-recipients’ application to FTA by the November 23, 2015 deadline. If you are interested in applying or have questions regarding the program, please contact Alfonso Hernandez at or (213) 236-1897.

Please find additional information regarding SCAG’s instructions and required forms at:

Additional information regarding the requirements of the LoNo Program are available at:

​The U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon returns to the Orange County Great Park for its 2015 competition, to be held October 8-11 and October 15-18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate students from across the country and around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. This is the second time the prestigious competition will be held at the Great Park; the 2013 contest drew 64,000 attendees. 

Visitors to the free Solar Decathlon will have the opportunity to tour 15 solar-powered houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money. In addition to the house tours, families will enjoy an array of activities for kids.

For the first time this year, a local team will be competing. Team Orange County comprises students from UC Irvine, Chapman University, Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College. The team’s house, Casa del Sol, will mimic the state flower, the California poppy. Its passive solar features cause the house to open up during the day, increasing the effective living area. This house and others in the competition will be judged in 10 distinct categories that measure energy efficiency, market appeal and design achievement. 

Those interested in volunteering can learn more at learn more about Team Orange County, visit

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