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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.

​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 http://www.solardecathlon.gov/.To learn more about Team Orange County, visit http://teamoc2015.com.


The California Transportation Commission (CTC), Southern California Association of Governments, and Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce want to hear from the Los Angeles Basin residents about how they view current highway and road conditions, and proposals to stabilize funding for transportation-system repairs and maintenance.

These organizations are hosting a public forum at the California Department of Transportation-District 7 office on July 29, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to discuss and generate feedback on those issues.

Topics to be covered at the forum include the local, regional and state role in funding road projects and maintenance, the impacts and reasons for California’s and Southern California’s deteriorating transportation system, proposed short-term solutions to stabilize road repair and maintenance funding over the longer term.

CTC Commissioners Yvonne Burke and Fran Inman, CTC Executive Director Will Kempton, Department of Transportation Director Malcolm Dougherty, Southern California Association of Governments Regional Council Member and Transportation Committee Chair Hon. Alan D. Wapner, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Gary Toebben, Ventura County Transportation Commission Executive Director Darren Kettle, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Interim Deputy Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Wiggins, Port of Long Beach Transportation Policy Manager Allison Yoh, and Port of Los Angeles Senior Director of Government Affairs David Libatique will speak at the event.

California Department of Transportation – District 7 is located at 101 S. Main Street, Los Angeles. More information is available at http://www.catc.ca.gov/.

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