2022 Regional Conference
& General Assembly

Overview

SCAG 2022 Regional Conference & General Assembly

THANKS FOR ATTENDING!

We would like to thank all attendees, speakers and sponsors who attended SCAG’s 57th SCAG Regional Conference and General Assembly. It was fantastic to finally convene in person — for the first time in three years — to get to the heart of how we can foster change and address challenges in our communities.

We would like to extend sincere appreciation for our sponsors and their generous support of the program. Thanks also to our speakers, panelists, members and partners who made the event such a success.

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Event Program

Wednesday, May 4

6 – 8 p.m. PRESIDENT’S RECEPTION (INVITATION ONLY)

Thursday, May 5

8 – 10 a.m. REGISTRATION, NETWORKING & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
Sponsored by AT&T
9 – 10 a.m. REGIONAL COUNCIL MEETING
10:15 – 11 a.m. WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS
11 a.m. – noon GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING
12:15 – 2 p.m. SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS LUNCHEON
Sponsored by Veolia
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS I & STUDENT SHOWCASE

 

Bridging the Digital Divide – Getting to Universal Broadband
Sponsored by Verizon

While access to high-speed internet service – commonly known as “broadband” – has been beneficial for nearly a generation, during the COVID-19 pandemic, it became downright essential. From getting groceries delivered to working and attending school, everyone who could get online did. But many in our region lack either the physical infrastructure or the economic means to access broadband service. For the SCAG region to be competitive and equitable in the future, all Southern Californians must have access to affordable broadband service. So how do we get there? This panel will talk about the ways in which the public and private sectors are working together to bring that essential service into everyone’s homes as soon as possible.

Moderator:

  • Sunne McPeak, Chief Executive Officer, California Emerging Technology Fund

Panelists:

  • Sonia Hooks, Assistant Director, Technology Services, Los Angeles County Office of Education
  • Tony Naughtin, President & Chief Executive Officer, GoldenStateNet
  • Bill Allen, President & Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
  • Kevin Harbour, President, BizFed Institute 

Advancing Housing Production Across Sectors: Tools, Resources & Opportunities
Sponsored by Jamboree Housing

With a need of an additional 1.3 million housing units before 2030, the SCAG region cannot rely only traditional methods to plan and build housing locally. In recent years, a variety of innovative planning and financial tools have been developed and implemented by various jurisdictions and entities to help meet local housing goals. This panel will talk about non-traditional ways to plan, fund and build housing and the pro-housing resources available to jurisdictions as we collectively try to meet our regional housing needs.

Moderator:

  • Steve PonTell, President & Chief Executive Officer, National Community Renaissance

Panelists:

  • Grace Chionuma, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
  • Scott Ochoa, City Manager, City of Ontario
  • Gene Slater, Chairman, CSG Advisors
  • Gustavo Velasquez, Director, California Department of Housing & Community Development

Student Showcase
Some of the SCAG region’s most outstanding students will present exciting and innovative research and planning work on a number of the region’s greatest challenges and opportunities. All attendees will be able to vote to award their favorite projects for an Audience Award and accompanying cash prizes.

Presentations:

  • Visualizing Countywide Mass Rapid Transit in Orange County
  • Synergy in Sustainability
  • On The Grid
3:15 – 3:45 p.m. BREAK & NETWORKING
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSIONS II & STUDENT SHOWCASE

 

The Region’s Zero-Emission Transformation
Sponsored by WSP

With advancements in vehicle technology across all modes and state mandates to phase in zero-emission vehicles, the transition to zero-emission provides challenges and opportunities. This panel will take a holistic view of this transition, highlighting opportunities and best practices in the production and commercialization of vehicles, infrastructure provision, workforce and economic development opportunities, ensuring equitable access, and the opportunity to repurpose electric vehicle batteries to support a more resilient energy system.

Moderator:

  • Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director, Climate Resolve

Panelists:

  • Larry Chung, Vice President of Local Public Affairs, Southern California Edison
  • Lauren Skiver, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager, Sunline Transit
  • Jannet Malig, Director, Advanced Transportation Technology & Energy Center
  • Aravind Kailas, Advanced Technology Policy Director, Volvo Group

Funding Futures of Growth
Sponsored by AT&T

By the end of 2021, the SCAG region recovered nearly 40 percent of the pandemic job losses. While this reveals the region’s underlying strengths and potential, it is only the beginning of the region’s recovery. With its strengths in diversity, work ethic, resilience and innovation, the region can leverage federal and state funding to fuel a new era of growth. This panel will explore the major state and federal funding opportunities available, and how our cities and counties can best position themselves for success.

Moderator:

  • Cecilia V. Estolano, Chief Executive Officer, Estolano Advisors

Panelists:

  • Bill Higgins, Chief Executive Officer, California Association of Councils of Governments
  • Mitch Weiss, Executive Director, California Transportation Commission
  • Stephanie N. Wiggins, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Student Showcase
Some of the SCAG region’s most outstanding students will present exciting and innovative research and planning work on a number of the region’s greatest challenges and opportunities. All attendees will be able to vote to award their favorite projects for an Audience Award and accompanying cash prizes.

Presentations:

  • How Can We Connect the Rim of the Valley Trail?
  • Improving Ridership by Urban Development Near the Station
  • Re-Imagine Our Electrical Towers
  • Visible Fear: Accidents Far Outweigh Concerns of Emissions
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. EVENING RECEPTION
Sponsored by Automobile Club of Southern California and Best, Best & Krieger

Friday, May 6

8:00 a.m. REGISTRATION
8:30 – 9 a.m. BREAKFAST
Sponsored by Ullico
9 – 9:10 a.m. WELCOME
9:10 – 9:30 a.m. STUDENT SHOWCASE AWARDS
9:30 – 10 a.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS
John Quiñones, ABC News Veteran, Creator & Host, “What Would You Do?”
10 – 11:15 a.m. PLENARY SESSION

 

Connect SoCal: A Bold Vision for 2050
Sponsored by Ontario International Airport Authority

Connect SoCal 2024, SCAG’s next long-range transportation plan and sustainable communities strategy, will outline a course for achieving multiple mobility, environmental and economic goals. The challenges facing the region, like traffic, affordable housing and climate change are known but complex. As new technologies emerge and the policy context continues to shift, how can local governments work together to face our shared challenges, access resources and enable innovation for a vibrant region?

Moderator:

  • Christina Pascucci, Emmy Award-Winning Journalist, KTLA

Panelists:

  • Toks Omishakin, Secretary, California State Transportation Agency
  • Elizabeth Fretheim, Global Head of Sustainability & Social Responsibility, Nikola Motors
  • Greg Bielli, President & Chief Executive Officer, Tejon Ranch Company
  • Mott Smith, Principal, Civic Enterprise, and Chair, Council of Infill Builders
11:15 a.m. CONFERENCE WRAP-UP
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Our Sponsors

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

Diamond

National Community Renaissance

Southern California Edison

Platinum

Southern California Gas Company

 

Technology

Charter Communications (Spectrum)

 

Sustainability Awards Luncheon

Veolia

 

Reception

Automobile Club of Southern California

Best, Best & Krieger

Panel

AT&T

Jamboree Housing

Ontario International Airport Authority

Verizon

WSP

 

Breakfast

Ullico

 

 

Auto Showcase

Arrival

 

 

 

Gold

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

BNSF Railway Company

Burrtec

California Air Resources Board

California Contract Cities Association

California Department of Housing and Community Development

Clean Power Alliance

County of Ventura

Economic Development Collaborative

esri

Hayden AI

Lewis Group of Companies

Port of Long Beach

Port of Los Angeles

City of Rialto

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

https://thetollroads.com/

Transtech

Xara Public Affairs

 

Silver

Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program

Granicus

LSA Associates

Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Regional Economic Models, Inc.

Riverside County Office of Economic Development

Strategies 360

Table Rock Partners

TNT Fireworks

West Coast Arborists

Western Riverside Council of Governments

 

Bronze

Coachella Valley Water District

Cubic Corporation

Inland Empire Regional Chamber of Commerce

Kosmont Companies

Mark Thomas

Nationwide Environmental Services

Orange County Business Council

Richards, Watson & Gershon

Rutan & Tucker

University of California, Riverside

San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority

Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District

Western States Petroleum Association

 

 

 

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Event Information

Event Location & Parking

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74-855 Country Club Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Directions

There is ample hotel parking. For overnight guests, self-parking is included in the resort fee. For all other attendees, self-parking is $5 per day. Valet parking ranges from $11 (0–3 hours) to $40 (6 hours–overnight).

Accommodations

If you are looking to book accommodations for your trip, here are the hotel options near the event:

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

  • Event location

Courtyard Marriott – Palm Desert

  • Travel Distance to the JW Marriott – 5 min, 1.5 mi

Residence Inn – Palm Desert

  • Travel Distance to the JW Marriott – 5 min, 1.5 mi

The Westin Desert Willow Villas – Palm Desert

  • Travel Distance to the JW Marriott – 5 min, 1.5 mi

Attire

The conference calls for business casual attire.

Code of Conduct

While SCAG encourages networking and enjoyment of the social atmosphere of the Regional Conference & General Assembly, this is a friendly reminder that SCAG maintains a zero-tolerance policy for all types of harassment. Sexual harassment or any form of discrimination based on gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual preference, religion or other protected classification is never acceptable. SCAG prides itself on supporting a positive environment and promoting the highest standards of professionalism. SCAG strives to ensure that all attendees enjoy a safe environment and attendees are encouraged to report incidents of harassment or other misconduct to a member of SCAG’s Management team or event security immediately so it may be addressed. As a General Assembly participant, we appreciate your cooperation and support in ensuring a harassment-free zone and maintaining our professional standards.

Notice of Filming/Photography

By attending the SCAG Regional Conference & General Assembly, you enter an area where photography, audio and video recording may occur. By entering the event premises, you consent to, authorize and grant permission to SCAG (and its authorized representatives permission) to record (by video, audio or any other means), interview, or engage in photography. This consent includes the use of any or all of the materials, in any form and by any medium, as part of any future publications, brochures or other materials used to promote SCAG. As an attendee, you consent and agree that such use by SCAG or its authorized representatives shall be without payment of fees, royalties, special credit or other compensation of any kind. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video or audio recording taken by SCAG or its authorized representatives. You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability and release before entering the event. 

On-Site Internet Access

All attendees can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi sponsored by Charter Communications – Spectrum!

Network ID: SCAG-GA
Password: Spectrum