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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.

A new white paper released by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and Orange County Business Council (OCBC) points to promising opportunities for redevelopment which could translate to tens of thousands of new workforce housing units in the next decade in Orange County.

The SCAG, OCBC white paper, titled “Retail Land Use in Orange County: An Examination of Future Potential,” identifies several thousand acres of Orange County commercial-retail property with strong potential to be repurposed for more efficient land use.

Read the full press release here.

Indian Wells, Calif. – Ontario Mayor pro Tem Alan D. Wapner was sworn in Thursday as President of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), stressing the need for additional dollars to fund transportation improvements and enhance the quality of life in one of the fastest-growing regions in the country.

Wapner, who also serves as President of the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority and the Ontario International Airport Authority, has helped drive SCAG’s three most recent Regional Transportation Plans and is a leading voice on the relationship between transportation, economic opportunity and livability.

To read the full press release, click here.

More than 850 civic leaders from throughout Southern California are convening Wednesday through Friday for an annual conference of the region’s cities and counties, which will share strategies for accelerating innovation and building a smarter, more connected region.

The 53rd Annual Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Conference and General Assembly will include a keynote address from Dr. Talithia Williams on Thursday, May 3. The big data expert, television host and Professor of Statistics and Math at Harvey Mudd College will illuminate the transformative power of data-based problem-solving. As a cohost of the PBS series NOVA Wonders, and in her popular TED Talk, "Own Your Body's Data", Dr. Talithia Williams takes sophisticated numerical concepts and makes them understandable to a wide audience.

Facilitating partnerships and data-sharing to address key regional issues will be a major theme of the 2018 conference, titled “Southern California at a Crossroads.”

To read the full press release, click here.

Two-Day Gathering – ‘Southern California at a Crossroads’ – Opens Tomorrow in Indian Wells

Indian Wells, Calif. – More than 850 civic leaders from throughout Southern California are convening this week for an annual conference of the region’s cities and counties, which will share strategies and data on pressing issues ranging from harnessing new transportation technologies to the rise of online shopping and impact on traditional retail, to building resilience to natural disasters.

The 53rd Annual Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Conference and General Assembly, happening May 3-4, at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, is bringing together leaders from government, business and education under the theme, “Southern California at a Crossroads.” SCAG, the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, represents 191 cities, six counties and more than 18 million people.

To read the full press release, click here.

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