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As the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) prepares to develop the 2016–2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, the agency is updating its Public Participation Plan and invites your input.

Consistent with federal and state requirements, SCAG regularly reviews and evaluates its public participation and outreach activities to ensure that the public and interested parties are given early, meaningful and substantive opportunities to be involved in SCAG’s decision-making. To that end, SCAG released the 2014 Draft Public Participation Plan on January 22, 2014 for a mandatory 45–day public review and comment period, which ends at 5:00 p.m. on March 7, 2014.

SCAG invites your review and comments on the draft plan.

READ THE DRAFT PLAN HERE.

HOW TO SUBMIT COMMENTS ON SCAG’S 2014 DRAFT PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PLAN:
SCAG provides a variety of ways for you to submit your comments on the 2014 Draft Public Participation Plan. Choose the method most convenient for you:

  • Complete the Public Participation Comment form at: www.scag.ca.gov/participate/Pages/PublicComment.aspx
  • Email your comments to: contactus@scag.ca.gov
  • Fax your comments to: 213-236-1961 – ATTENTION: Media & Public Affairs
  • Mail or drop off your written comments at any SCAG Office:
    • Main Office
      818 W. 7th Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017
    • Imperial County Office:
      1405 N. Imperial Avenue, Suite 1, El Centro, CA 92243
    • Orange County Office
      600 S. Main Street, Suite 906, Orange, CA 92863
    • Riverside County Office
      3403 10th Street, Suite 805, Riverside, CA 92501
    • San Bernardino County Office
      1170 W. 3rd Street, Suite 140, San Bernardino, CA 92410
    • Ventura County Office
      950 County Square Drive, Suite 101, Ventura, CA 93003

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
At the conclusion of the comment period, staff will review, address and incorporate as appropriate all comments received into a final, draft Public Participation Plan that will be presented to SCAG’s Legislative/Communications & Membership Committee (LCMC) at its meeting on March 18, 2014. Upon approval by the LCMC, staff will present the 2014 Final Public Participation Plan to the SCAG Regional Council for adoption on April 3, 2014.

Questions? Please contact Angela Rushen Ross, Manager of Media & Public Affairs at ross@scag.ca.gov or call 213-236-1809.

We value and appreciate your input!

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How much water runs off the 6th-busiest airport in the world?

Can Los Angeles be sustainable when we have the largest port on the west coast?

As the city and county consider water management in transportation funding measures, Transportation and Heavy Industry in an Era of Low Impact Development will investigate how the transportation and goods movement industries deal with their challenges to sustainability, and how they are approaching water management in their major projects.

On September 30, join leading players in those industries to discuss green infrastructure, land use, stormwater quality compliance, and the nexus of environmental and economic health.

Speakers

  • Jonathan Bishop, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Honorable Joe Buscaino, Los Angeles City Council invited
  • Robert Freeman, Los Angeles World Airports
  • Sarah Jepson, Southern California Association of Governments
  • Sam Pedroza, Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority
  • James Vernon, Port of Long Beach
  • CalTrans
  • Katherine Lemmon, LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • High Speed Rail Authority invited

and more to come!

When: Tuesday, September 30 8:30am-12:30pm
Where: The California Endowment
1000 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

​This month's issue of SCAG's Spotlight E-Newsletter highlights the approval of the 2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Plan, a budget amendment to fund $2.2 million in Sustainability grant projects​ and a recap of the Fifty Years Into the War on Poverty Summit.

On September 18, 2014, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) will host a California Air Resources Board (ARB) public workshop to seek public input on the regional passenger vehicle greenhouse gas emission reduction targets (SB 375 targets) for Metropolitan Planning Organizations. This is one of four workshops being held throughout the State. ARB staff has released a Preliminary Draft Staff Report on the SB 375 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target Update Process, posted at www.arb.ca.gov that identifies issues to be considered. At the workshops, ARB staff will present background information on the target update process, and will seek public input on the issues outlined in the preliminary draft staff report. ARB staff will consider all input received at these workshops before preparing a revised staff report with recommendations for target updates. The revised staff report and recommendations will be presented to the Board at a public meeting in October 2014.  The workshop will be held in Policy Committee Conference Room A at SCAG’s headquarters, 818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017. The complete schedule of workshops is listed below.

Statewide Workshop Locations

September 9, 2014
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
Governing Board Room
1990 East Gettysburg Ave, Fresno, CA 93726

September 11, 2014
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

South Coast Air Quality Management District
Conference Room GB
21865 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765

September 17, 2014
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

California Environmental Protection Agency
Coastal Hearing Room - 2nd Floor
1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
This workshop will be webcast, available at:
http://www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast/?BD0=1

September 18, 2014
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Southern California Association of Governments
Policy Committee Conference Room A
818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017

All workshops will follow the same format and presentation, and the draft workshop agenda is available at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/sb375/meetings/target_update_workshop_agenda.pdf

Keywords : GHG

On September 2, 2014, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will release their Call for Applications for the FY2015/16 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program. These grants may be used for a wide range of transportation planning purposes, which address local and regional transportation needs and issues. Furthermore, the implementation of these grants should ultimately lead to the adoption, initiation, and programming of transportation improvements. Caltrans plans to award a total of $9.8 Million in total grants for the following two (2) categories:

  • Strategic Partnerships (20% Local Match Required; Grant Min. $100,000 – Grant Max $500,000)
  • Sustainable Communities (11.47% Local Match Required; Grant Min. $50,000 – Grant Max $500,000)

SCAG in coordination with Caltrans, invites interested applicants to participate in a Regional Marketing Workshop on Monday, September 8, 2014, 2:00–4:00 p.m., at SCAG’s Los Angeles office. Videoconference will be available at all SCAG Regional offices (see www.scag.ca.gov/about/Pages/SCAGOffices.aspx)

SCAG Staff will be available during the application process to answer questions and help interested applicants who may need assistance completing their applicants or looking to partner with SCAG as the Primary Recipient. Please feel free to contact Alfonso Hernandez at: hernande@scag.ca.gov or (213) 236-1897.

    Keywords : Grants
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