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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

On April 19, 2016, the Federal Transit Administration announced the grant awards for the Low and No-Emission Vehicle Deployment Program, known as Low-No. Seven transit providers in five states will receive a share of $22.5 million toward transit buses and related facilities that utilize battery-electric, fuel cell, and other innovative technologies to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and improve operating efficiency. With SCAG as the Lead Applicant, Foothill Transit and the Los Angeles County Transportation Metropolitan Authority (Metro) have been selected for awards. A total of $5,585,000 will be awarded for the SCAG region, which is the largest amount awarded to the SCAG region for the second consecutive cycle in a row and over 25% of the total national funding amount. Please find details of the awarded projects below along with a link for the full list below.

  • Metro - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) will receive $4,275,000 toward five battery-electric zero-emission buses, as well as eight charging stations. This electric bus infrastructure will serve the Metro Orange Line bus rapid transit corridor in the City of Los Angeles. LACMTA will also partner with the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium to include workforce development in support of zero-emission technology.
  • Foothill Transit - Foothill Transit will receive $1,310,000 toward electric charging facilities that will support the agency's ongoing electric bus program, which includes an electric-only bus line. This program will help expand Foothill Transit's electric bus capabilities.

The program is a highly competitive national grant program that receives numerous proposal requests that go far beyond the available amount of funding. The program focuses on commercializing the cleanest and most energy-efficient U.S.-made transit buses to help reduce emissions such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. The FAST Act also made the Low-No program, previously funded and managed under FTA’s research programs, a subset of the larger competitive Section 5339 bus program. Interested parties currently have the opportunity to apply for $55 million in FY2016 Low-No funding, for which the application period closes on May 13, 2016.

Click to view FY15 LoNo Selected Projects

Click to view Press Release

On Thursday, April 7, the governing body of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) formally adopted its 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2016 RTP/SCS), a long-range visioning plan that balances future mobility and housing needs with economic, environmental and public health goals for the six-county region over the next quarter century. For more details, read the press release.

SCAG's Orange County office has recently moved within the Orange County Transportation Authority’s headquarters in the City of Orange. The office has moved from the 9th floor to the 12th floor. All phone numbers and extensions for the Orange County office remain the same, but the new mailing address is 600 S. Main St., Suite 1233, Orange, CA 92868.

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