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​​Fifty years after Congress passed the Economic Opportunity Act, poverty remains a national, regional and local crisis. In Southern California, more than 3 million people live in poverty, including one in every four children. Regional leaders in education, business and government gathered today at the 50 Years into the War on Poverty summit, hosted by SCAG and the Southern California Leadership Council, to discuss collaborative ways of creating jobs and providing workforce training for the most vulnerable populations in the region.

View the press release here​.

Keywords : Population and Employment

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) today urged Gov. Jerry Brown to sign Assembly Bill 2170, which guarantees freight-related funding to the six-county SCAG region and will help fortify America’s most vital trade corridor. The bill, adopted two weeks ago, uses the state’s Trade Corridor Improvement Fund (TCIF) to allocate freight funds authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015. The FAST Act, which was signed into law by President Obama last December, is the first federal surface transportation authorization bill to prioritize freight funding. Passage of the Assembly bill comes weeks after Southern California was largely shut out of the first round of funding under a federal freight program included in the FAST Act. The Governor’s signature will ensure that the region receives a fair share of additional freight-dedicated dollars included in the Act by using the highly successful TCIF funding platform.

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The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has released the schedule for the FY 2017-18 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants Program. Applications are due Friday, November 4, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.

Sustainability, Preservation, Mobility, Safety, Innovation, Economy, Health, and Equity. These Transportation Planning Grants are intended to support the multi-modal transportation system of the future, one that improves mobility and accessibility for all people, while helping to achieve Assembly Bill 32 and Senate Bill 375 implementation for the reduction of Greenhouse gas emissions.

For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018, Caltrans anticipates awarding approximately $9.3 million for the following two (2) categories under the Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants Program:

Strategic Partnerships Grants - encourage regional agencies to partner with Caltrans to identify and address statewide/interregional transportation deficiencies in the state highway system, strengthen government-to-government coordination, and result in programmed system improvements that achieve the State’s overarching goals. Interested sub-recipients may also partner with their regional agencies for this grant.

Sustainable Communities Grants - funds transportation planning to identify and address mobility deficiencies in the multimodal transportation system, encourage stakeholder collaboration, involve active public engagement, integrate Smart Mobility 2010 concepts, and ultimately result in programmed system improvements, and achieve the Caltrans Mission and overarching objectives.

Workshop locations via SCAG Regional Offices:

Ventura County Office: 950 County Square Drive, Suite 101, Ventura, 93003, (805) 642-2800

San Bernardino Office: 1170 W. 3rd Street, Suite 140, San Bernardino, 92410, (909) 806-3556

Riverside Office: 3403 10th Street, Suite 805, Riverside, 92501, (951) 784-1513

Orange County Office: 600 S. Main Street, Suite 964, Orange, 92863, (714) 542-3687

Imperial County Office: 1405 N. Imperial Avenue, Suite 1, El Centro, 92243, (760) 353-7800

Coachella Valley: 73-710 Fred Waring Drive Suite 200, Palm Desert, CA 92260, (760) 346-1127

Please contact Karen Aceves at (213) 236-1921 or aceves@scag.ca.gov if you are planning to attend.

For more information on the - what, when, where and how to apply for these grants please refer to the Transportation Planning webpage at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/grants.html.

If you have any questions regarding the grant process for the SCAG region, contact: Karen Aceves, (213) 236-1921 or aceves@scag.ca.gov

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) announced today that it is working with Dr. Lucy Jones and her Center for Science and Society to help the nearly 200 cities in the region address their known seismic vulnerabilities. The goal of SCAG’s Earthquake Preparedness Initiative is to protect the Southern California economy from the predictable disruption that will result from a large regional earthquake. The Initiative will include a series of regional seminars led by Dr. Jones for city leaders that will cover earthquake risks and effective approaches to developing consensus on actions, especially with regard to strengthening infrastructure and the built environment. Dr. Jones will also lead workshops to help cities develop unique policy approaches suited to each community.

For more details, download the press release.

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