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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!

The Department is delighted to the announce release of a Notice of Funding Availability(NOFA) of approximately $35 million for the Housing-Related Parks (HRP) Program, 2014 Designated Program Year (DPY).

For the 2014 DPY, the Department will award funds for the issuance of building permits for units affordable to lower-income households as well as units substantially rehabilitated, converted and/or preserved between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2014.

Please refer to the revised HRP Program Guidelines for additional information on eligibility and documentation requirements.

The DPY 2014 application and instructions will be released prior to the end of the Calendar Year and will be posted on the Department's HRP Program webpage at http://www.hcd.ca.gov/hpd/hrpp/. In addition, Program staff will be conducting an application webinar during the month of January to answer questions and provide technical assistance to potential applicants.

Please note, the deadline for meeting Program threshold requirements as set forth in Section 102 of the Program Guidelines include the following:

  • Housing element compliance as of December 31, 2014 which means a Housing element that has been adopted by the jurisdiction's governing body and determined to be in substantial compliance with State housing element law pursuant to Government Code Section 65585, and
  • Submittal of required Annual Progress Reports that must be submitted to the Department by no later than the application due date, February 5, 2014.

Applications are due February 5, 2015.

Please contact your Program Representative (see below) with questions. The Department looks forward to working with you!

Northern California/Bay Area
Fidel Herrera
(916) 263-7441
fidel.herrera@hcd.ca.gov

Sacramento/Central Valley/Central Coast/Eastern Sierra
James Johnson
(916) 263-7426
james.johnson@hcd.ca.gov

Southern California
Hilda Sousa
(916) 263-1784
hilda.sousa@hcd.ca.gov

Program Manager
Jennifer Seeger
(916) 263-7421
Jennifer.Seeger@hcd.ca.gov

Posted December 09, 2014

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #15-03 for Orange County. The Public Review period starts on December 9, 2014 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on December 18, 2014.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at http://ftip.scag.ca.gov/Pages/2015/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.

Subject to revisions to address comments received during the public review period, the 2015 FTIP as revised by Proposed Amendment #15-03 will be the final program unless amended, and a final notice will not be published.

SCAG is relying on the public participation process for the FTIP to satisfy FTA public participation requirements for the transit program of projects.

If you have any questions or comments concerning this amendment, contact Maria I. Lopez at (213) 236-1806 no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 18, 2014.

​CalSTA and Caltrans announced two public workshops on low-carbon transit options and improvements to existing local and intercity transit operations. The workshops are part of a broad-based State effort to invest proceeds statewide from the Cap-and-Trade Program to reduce greenhouse gases, as required under AB 32, California’s climate action law.

Read the News Release

Los Angeles – Fueled by low-paying jobs that offer little opportunity for upward mobility, Southern California is on an economic collision course, according to new reports that show income levels throughout the six-county region stagnating even as jobs return.

The reports, by the region’s top economists, highlight the seismic shift that has taken place as lowpaying jobs with minimal education requirements have replaced higher-paying positions that once sustained Southern California’s middle class.

View the press release here.

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