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2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program

Proposed Amendment #21-25

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #21-25 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Various, and Ventura Counties. The Public Review period starts on June 30, 2022 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on July 11, 2022.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at https://scag.ca.gov/2021-proposed-amendments.

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Palm Desert’s Jan Harnik Sworn In As SCAG President As Nation’s Largest Metropolitan Planning Organization Faces Critical Year Ahead

Newly installed President Jan Harnik is taking the long view on what the next 12 months will mean for the six-county Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) region as it confronts critical issues such as broadband access, transportation, air quality and the housing crisis.

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Future Of Southern California In The Spotlight As Hundreds Gather In Palm Desert For SCAG’s 2022 Regional Conference & General Assembly

More than 700 local leaders from throughout Southern California will gather in Palm Desert this week for a two-day conference on topics such as bridging the digital divide, the housing crisis and how local governments can work together to address challenges and solutions facing the region. The Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) 2022 Regional Conference & General Assembly returns to the desert after a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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SCAG Honors 7 Innovative Projects with its 2022 Sustainability Awards

A public-private partnership to advance battery-electric freight movement leads a list of seven innovative projects across the region that have been announced as winners of the 2022 Sustainability Awards by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).

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An Equity First Approach is a Necessary Foundation for Road Pricing Strategies, Study Shows

Transportation access poses one of the biggest barriers to closing the equity gap, but Southern California has the opportunity to turn this challenge into an opportunity with a thoughtful and inclusive approach to pricing strategies and other mobility innovations, new research shows.

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California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla Secure $480,000 for SCAG’s Highways to Boulevards Regional Study

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) on Tuesday praised U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-California) for sponsoring $480,000 in Community Project Funding for SCAG’s Highways to Boulevard Regional Study. This funding was included in the Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus Appropriations Act (H.R. 2471) that was approved by Congress with a bipartisan vote last week and signed by President Joe Biden today.

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Regional Data Platform is Now Live!

Big news! SCAG’s Regional Data Platform (RDP) has launched!

The RDP is a revolutionary system for collaborative data sharing and planning designed to facilitate better planning at all levels – from cities and counties of all sizes up to the region as a whole. As one of SCAG’s largest and most transformative initiatives to date, the RDP places data and technology in the hands of local jurisdictions to support more robust, transparent, and collaborative community planning.

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6 projects to split $6.75 million through SCAG’s Last Mile Freight Program to help electrify truck fleets and reduce emissions

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is awarding grants totaling $6.75 million to six projects across the region designed to promote clean transportation and reduce harmful emissions during last-mile freight and delivery operations.

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2022 Student Showcase: Submit Your Idea for an ArcGIS StoryMap!

SCAG is excited to announce a major opportunity for college and university students in the region. The 2022 Student Showcase is a storymapping competition that challenges students to think innovatively and compete for cash prizes in two award categories: Best in Show and Audience Awards.

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2021 Year in Review

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As 2021 comes to a close, we would like to extend our sincere thanks on behalf of everyone at SCAG. Thanks to partners like you, the region has been able to achieve many milestones and accomplishments in the face of hardship.

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Southern California Will Continue to See an Uneven Recovery Through 2022

SCAG Economic Summit Offers a Promising, but Cautious Forecast as Labor Shortages and Supply Chain Disruptions Continue to Impact the Regional Economy

Los Angeles – Southern California has reclaimed 70% of the jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the recovery ahead will be an uneven one as labor shortages, supply chain disruptions, equity gaps and inflation continue to impact the region’s economy, a new forecast shows.

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Regional Council Approves 27 Last Mile Freight Projects

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The Regional Council on Nov. 4, 2021, approved 27 proposals as a part of the Last Mile Freight Program Phase 1 to be awarded $10 million. The Regional Council also approved a contingency list of projects that can be considered should additional funding become available through the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee.

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SCAG appoints Javiera Cartagena as Director of Government and Public Affairs

Los Angeles – Javiera Cartagena has been appointed Director of Government and Public Affairs for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization.

Cartagena has played a prominent role in SCAG’s legislative and external affairs since 2015, first as a Regional Affairs Officer liaising with elected officials and stakeholders in Los Angeles County before being promoted to Manager of Regional Services. She has been serving as Acting Director of Government and Public Affairs since April.

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2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program

Proposed Amendment #21-12

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #21-12 for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and Ventura Counties. The Public Review period starts on October 22, 2021 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on November 1, 2021.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at https://scag.ca.gov/2021-proposed-amendments.

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Regional Council & Policy Committee Members Tour Omnitrans and San Bernardino Transit Center

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On Monday, Sept. 27, President Lorimore visited Omnitrans San Bernardino facility and the San Bernardino Transit Center. His visit consisted of a briefing by the Omnitrans Executive Team at their headquarters, a tour of the Omnitrans West Valley Facility, a bus ride in a new Omnitrans electric bus, a tour of the San Bernardino Transit Center and a look at a segment of the sbX BRT line connecting Cal State San Bernardino and the Loma Linda Medical Center campus and Veterans Hospital.

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2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program

Proposed Amendment #21-14

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #21-14 for Riverside County. The Public Review period starts on October 1, 2021 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on October 11, 2021.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at https://scag.ca.gov/2021-proposed-amendments.

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2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program

Proposed Amendment #21-09

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #21-09 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Various, and Ventura counties. The Public Review period starts on September 3, 2021 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on September 13, 2021.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at https://scag.ca.gov/2021-proposed-amendments.

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2021 Redistricting Roundup

Introduction 

Redistricting is the process by which voting or legislative districts are adjusted or modified to reflect population changes in the decennial U.S. Census. Each respective district is required to be roughly equal in size and as populations change, so do the populations of those districts. Redistricting makes them even to reflect the new population numbers.  

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SCAG Awards More Than $275,000 to 31 Community-driven Traffic Safety Projects in the Region

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has awarded more than $275,000 to community and nonprofit organizations to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in targeted neighborhoods across the region.

The 31 awarded projects will receive funding through the Community Streets Mini-Grants Program, part of SCAG’s regional active transportation safety and encouragement campaign, Go Human.

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8 Jurisdictions Across Southern California Awarded Share of $2.5 Million in Funding to Address Mobility, Air Quality Challenges

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) on Thursday (July 1) approved the awarding of $2.5 million, in total, through its Sustainable Communities Program (SCP) and Smart Cities & Mobility Innovations initiative. A major element of the Smart Cities initiative is to support innovative solutions to the mobility and air quality challenges associated with parking, freight and last-mile deliveries, and commerce at the curb.

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2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program

Proposed Amendment #21-06

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #21-06 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties. The Public Review period starts on July 6, 2021 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on July 15, 2021.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at https://scag.ca.gov/2021-proposed-amendments.

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Draft Connect SoCal – Regional Transportation Plan/ Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) Amendment #1 and 2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Consistency Amendment 21-05

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY & PUBLIC HEARING

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has prepared the Draft Connect SoCal Amendment #1 in compliance with applicable federal and state requirements, including those set forth in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), Senate Bill 375 and metropolitan planning regulations. The RTP/SCS is a long-range visioning plan that is developed and updated by SCAG every four years. The plan is periodically amended. The draft Connect SoCal Amendment #1 is available for public review and comment as of July 1, 2021.

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SCAG Approves Inclusive Economic Recovery Strategy to Bridge Equity Gaps, Fortify Region’s Role as an Economic Driver

The nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization has unveiled an inclusive recovery strategy – more than a year in the making – to fortify Southern California’s role as a global economic powerhouse while bridging equity gaps and creating new opportunities across the region’s broad demographic spectrum.

Press Release 32nd Annual Demographic Workshop

SCAG Demographic Workshop Day 2: The Post-Pandemic City: ‘All the rules are changing, and it’s forcing us to be more creative than ever’

We’re already seeing how life – and work – will change in post-pandemic Southern California as a shift toward working from home and a renewed emphasis on health and safety impact everything from corporate culture to the homes we live in, experts said Tuesday.

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Pandemic Has Created ‘Monumental Task’ For Southern California As Population Growth Draws To A Halt

Low birth rates, uncertainty over immigration and long-term impacts from COVID-19 will result in a year-over-year population decline in Southern California for the first time ever, researchers said Tuesday in the first of a two-part demographic conference sponsored by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and the University of Southern California.

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Eleven Students From Around The Region To Receive 2021 SCAG Scholarship

The SCAG scholarship program, now in its 11th year, is intended to provide financial support to a select group of high school and community college students who have expressed interest in urban planning and public policy as part of their long-term career goals. The scholarship winners were announced at SCAG’s Regional Council meeting.

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SCAG’s New President, Clint Lorimore, Pledges Broader Collaboration as the Region Emerges from COVID-19, Addresses Ongoing Challenges

Broadening collaboration on key issues like the region’s economic recovery and building greater regional connectivity top Clint Lorimore’s priorities as the newly installed president of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).

Lorimore, an Eastvale City Councilmember, was sworn in Thursday to lead the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization after serving the past year as SCAG’s First Vice President. The swearing in took place during SCAG’s 2021 General Assembly, held virtually this year.

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2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program

Proposed Amendment #21-03

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #21-03 for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties. The Public Review period starts on May 4, 2021 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on May 13, 2021.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at https://scag.ca.gov/2021-proposed-amendments.

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SCAG Honors 6 Innovative Projects with its 2021 Sustainability Awards

Los Angeles – Six exemplary and innovative planning projects have been announced as winners of the 2021 Sustainability Awards by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).

Recipients of this year’s awards include municipalities, agencies and nonprofit organizations – all recognized for excellence in coordinating land use and transportation to improve mobility, livability, prosperity and sustainability. They will be formally honored at SCAG’s Regional Conference and General Assembly, which will be held virtually on May 6.

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SCAG Leadership Meets with Congressional Representatives

SCAG hosted a “virtual fly-in” on March 17 – 18, where SCAG’s executive officers, several Regional Council members, and staff met with Representative Norma Torres (D-Pomona), member of the House Appropriations Committee and Rules Committee, and Representative Maxine Waters (D-Gardena), chair of the House Financial Services Committee. The delegation also met with key members of the U.S.

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SCAG Regional Council Green Lights 26 Projects To Promote Sustainable Housing Development

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has approved 26 local proposals that promote sustainable housing development as part of its 2020/2021 Sustainable Communities Program (SCP).

The 26 proposals – spread from Santa Monica to Coachella – are designed to promote diverse housing types in communities served by multiple transportation options and create dynamic, built environments that support multimodal mobility and reduce reliance on single-occupancy vehicles.

Read the full press release: SCAG Regional Council Approves SCP Sustainable Housing Projects

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SCAG Announces Grant Awards To Promote Affordable Housing and Equitable Growth Strategies

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The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) announced grant awards totaling $1.25 million to 15 nonprofits and community-based organizations to promote equitable growth strategies.

SCAG is dedicating $1 million of Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) grant funds toward the program, with additional funding from the California Community Foundation (CCF), the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Irvine Foundation.

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2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program Adopted

The Regional Council voted last week to approve the 2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP), which contains approximately 2,000 projects in the SCAG region, programmed at $35.3 billion over the next six years. The FTIP is an important document for the region, allowing project sponsors to move forward with state and federal environmental review or project funding allocation/obligation. The program also reflects how the region is moving forward in implementing the policies and goals of Connect SoCal.

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2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program

Proposed Amendment #21-01

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #21-01 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Various, and Ventura counties. The Public Review period starts on February 8, 2021 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on February 17, 2021.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at https://scag.ca.gov/post/amendment-21-01.

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SCAG Briefs Leaders on Draft Framework to Eliminate Barriers, Promote Racial and Social Equity

A newly formed committee comprised of leaders from across six Southern California counties was briefed Wednesday on a draft framework to promote racial and social equity and an inclusive economic recovery strategy.

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Regional Data Platform Software Licenses Available Now

Don’t miss the chance to take advantage of the complimentary Esri licenses available to your jurisdiction as part of the Regional Data Platform (RDP)! SCAG is making a suite of Esri software licenses available to one designated staff member in each jurisdiction to help support local planning activities and build technological capacity in the region.

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Nominations Now Open for the 2021 SCAG Sustainability Awards

What has helped improve mobility and livability in your community? SCAG is now accepting nominations for the 2021 SCAG Sustainability Awards.

Each year, the SCAG Sustainability Awards celebrate plans and projects that use innovative planning to promote a cleaner, healthier and happier Southern California. Past awards have honored a wide range of plans and projects including community bike share programs, local general plan updates, transit fleet electrification and more.

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2019 Federal Transportation Improvement Program

Proposed Amendment #19-31

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2019 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #19-31 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. The Public Review period starts on January 19, 2021 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on January 28, 2021.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at https://scag.ca.gov/2019-proposed-amendments.

SCAG Adopts Resolution on Climate Change Action

The nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization on Thursday formally affirmed the climate change crisis in Southern California and committed to a series of actions to mitigate the growing threat that greenhouse gas emissions pose to the region’s environment, economic security, public health and quality of life.

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SCAG Releases Statement in Support of Governor’s Equitable Recovery for California Businesses and Jobs Plan

SCAG fully supports Gov. Gavin Newsom’s commitment to an equitable economic recovery strategy as part of his 2021-2022 budget proposal. SCAG has prioritized an inclusive and equitable recovery strategy as critical to Southern California’s economic future. As we build our recovery strategy, creating an environment where everyone has the opportunity to succeed is essential to building a strong, resilient, sustainable economy.

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2020 in Review

2020 Our Year in Review

As 2020 comes to a close, we would like to extend our sincere thanks on behalf of everyone at SCAG. Though this past year has tested the resiliency of the region through unprecedented challenges, we want to recognize the many milestones and accomplishments achieved in the face of hardship, all made possible through collaboration and support from our partners.

In the past 12 months, SCAG:

SCAG Economic Summit Highlights Need for an Inclusive Economic Development Strategy

An inclusive economic development strategy is critical to Southern California’s long-term economic prospects as the region begins a slow and prolonged post-pandemic recovery, experts said Tuesday. 

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2019 Federal Transportation Improvement Program

Proposed Amendment #19-29

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2019 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #19-29 for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. The Public Review period starts on November 24, 2020 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on December 3, 2020.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at https://scag.ca.gov/2019-proposed-amendments.

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Keynote Speaker Announced for Economic Summit

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SCAG is very pleased to announce three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist Tom Friedman as the keynote speaker for the 11th Annual Southern California Economic Summit on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Tom Friedman is renowned for his direct reporting and accessible analysis of complex issues shaping the world. With clear and compelling language, Friedman discusses the opportunities and challenges that profound “accelerations,” including technology and connectivity, pose for society as well as for individuals, business and governments. His talk will take a big-picture look at the unprecedented time through which we’re living and weave together the themes of macroeconomic change, the challenges and opportunities specific to the regional level, and how we can break through stagnation to make real progress to a strong economy that works for everyone. Don’t miss this vital conversation on the region’s economic future – register here.

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Draft 2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY AND PUBLIC HEARINGS

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has prepared the Draft 2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (Draft 2021 FTIP) in compliance with the adopted 2020 Connect SoCal, the 2020-2045 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2020 Connect SoCal RTP/SCS) and all federal and state requirements, including those set forth in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST ACT) and metropolitan planning regulations.

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Last-Mile Freight Study Addresses Impacts of Surge in Business & Home Deliveries

As part of a major study, SCAG has unveiled a series of strategies to address challenges caused by the growing role freight shipments and e-commerce play in our lives.

SCAG developed the newly released Last-Mile Freight Study to provide solutions to the logistical challenges and community impacts resulting from the rapidly increasing demand for commercial and home deliveries.

Read the Last-Mile Freight Study.

Read the full PRESS RELEASE: Last-Mile Freight Study Addresses Impacts of Surge in Business & Home Deliveries

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SCAG Wins Two Awards from the American Planning Association

The American Planning Association’s California Chapter has honored the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) for its work in establishing an active transportation database and its climate adaptation communications strategies.

The two Excellence Awards were announced Wednesday during the 2020 APA California Virtual Conference: State of Change.

Read the full PRESS RELEASE: SCAG Wins Two Awards from the American Planning Association

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New Clean Truck Partnership Will Invest $10 Million for Goods Movement

The Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC)and SCAG announced today a new match-funding program for “last mile” transportation to help goods movement providers invest in clean truck and infrastructure technology.

The announcement comes as the MSRC celebrates 30 years of clean air transportation investments from its Clean Transportation Funding Program. Concurrently, SCAG adopted Connect SoCal to advance opportunities for deploying the most cutting-edge technologies to reduce emissions in the last-mile freight market.

Read the full PRESS RELEASE: New Clean Truck Partnership will Invest $10 Million for Goods Movement

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SCAG Report Shows Significant Drop in Travel During Early Months of COVID-19; Troubling Patterns Emerge as Economy Reopens

One of the nation’s most congested metropolitan areas has seen a significant decline in vehicle traffic, transit use and air travel since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the first comprehensive analysis of the coronavirus’ impact on planes, trains and automobiles in Southern California.

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SCAG to Re-launch ‘Go Human’ Campaign to Promote Active Transportation Awareness and Safety

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) re-launches its highly successful Go Human advertising campaign this month throughout the region to encourage drivers to slow down and look for people walking.

SCAG has secured advertising space throughout the region on billboards, gas pump toppers, convenience stores, and bus shelters – all located in areas with high rates of collisions. The campaign also will also rely on digital ads to ensure its message of safety reaches drivers before they get on the road.

Read the full PRESS RELEASE: SCAG to Re-launch ‘Go Human’ Campaign to Promote Active Transportation Awareness and Safety

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SCAG Regional Council Adopts Resolution to Close the Gap of Racial Injustice, Will Provide $1 Million to Promote Equitable Economic and Housing Strategies

The Regional Council of Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) adopted a resolution Thursday to meaningfully advance justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and work in partnership with others to close the gap of racial injustice.

In a parallel move, the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization approved a partnership with the California Community Foundation and other nonprofits, and will provide $1 million in funding to promote community-driven equitable economic and housing strategies throughout the six-county region.

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Regional Council Approves Recommendations for 2020 Scholarship Awards

The Regional Council today voted to approve the Scholarship Committee recommendations for the 2020 SCAG Scholarship Program Awards. This year, SCAG received 93 applications from high school and community college students from across the region. Ten outstanding students were selected for scholarships, representing all six of SCAG’s member counties.

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Lower Net Migration, Housing Crisis, Fundamental Shifts in How We do Business and Live Our Lives Create Challenges in a Post-COVID World

More than 500 attendees gathered online Thursday to get an inside take on COVID-19’s impact on housing, the economy and how Southern Californians live their lives.

Part 2 of the 31st Annual Southern California Demographic Workshop, held virtually by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, brought together some of the region’s leading researchers, demographers and policy analysts to talk about the immediate and long-term effects of the global pandemic on the six-county region.

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SCAG Report: COVID‐19 Impact on SoCal Economy Will be Severe and Long‐Lasting, With Historic Levels of Unemployment, Taxable Sales Losses

Southern California faces “severe and long-lasting” economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, with Great Depression-level unemployment, supply chain interruptions and significant drops in taxable sales, according to an analysis from the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization.

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SCAG Regional Council Approves Resolution on Connect SoCal

Over the course of Connect SoCal’s four-year planning cycle, SCAG has benefited greatly from listening to the many needs and concerns of our stakeholders. This invaluable feedback and insight has created the foundation of a truly collaborative and comprehensive vision for the region.

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SCAG Regional Council Adopts Resolution on Connect SoCal – A Significant Milestone in Meeting the Mobility, Quality‐of‐Life Needs for Six‐County Region

The Regional Council of Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) adopted a resolution Thursday to submit its proposed final Connect SoCal plan to the federal government, a critical step in meeting the mobility needs of a region expected to add 1.6 million people in the next 25 years.

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Proposed Final Connect SoCal

Following a cooperative and comprehensive planning process with stakeholders, SCAG has made available the Proposed Final Connect SoCal and its Proposed Final Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). SCAG received over 107 separate communications (both oral and written) on the draft, which staff reviewed and addressed in the Proposed Final Connect SoCal, as appropriate. SCAG thanks everyone who provided feedback on a sustainable vision for Southern California.

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FAQ: SCAG Operations During COVID-19

Is SCAG open to the public?

SCAG’s regular business activities are continuing as normal; however, SCAG offices, including headquarters and regional offices, are closed at this time until further notice. SCAG staff can be reached by phone and email.

Is SCAG hosting stakeholder meetings?

Meetings will be facilitated by telephone and video via Skype and Zoom. Please visit our website at scag.ca.gov​ for details about current and upcoming meetings, including call-in information.

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Regional Conference & General Assembly Update

After careful consideration of the growing public health concerns regarding Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19), we have made the decision to cancel the Regional Conference and General Assembly, scheduled for May 6-8 in Palm Desert. We feel this is the best decision to help decrease the spread of virus across the Southern California region and protect the health and safety of our staff, board and partners.

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Measures We’re Taking Regarding COVID-19

During this time of rapidly changing information on the Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19), SCAG is implementing some precautionary changes to the way we do business in the coming week and possibly longer. Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff, board and partners, and we are taking every measure to help decrease the spread of COVID-19.

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Staff Report Highlights Comments on Draft Plan

Following a cooperative and comprehensive planning process with SCAG’s stakeholders, a large-scale outreach campaign throughout the six-county region to educate and solicit feedback, and a 60-day public comment period, SCAG received 107 separate communications (both oral and written) containing over 1,800 comments on the draft Connect SoCal Plan.

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Close of Comment Period on Draft Connect SoCal Plan

SCAG recently completed the public input period for the Draft Connect SoCal plan, the 2020-2045 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy. The draft plan was released for public comment and review starting on Nov. 14.

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Southern California Continues to Outperform the Nation in Employment Growth, but Housing Crisis, Income Gap Present Significant Threats to Six-County Region

Southern California’s top economists on Thursday offered a largely promising outlook for the region, forecasting continued strong growth across key industry sectors into 2020 and the foreseeable future.

“If I could summarize in three words: Things are good,” Wallace Walrod, chief economic advisor for the Orange County Business Council, told the 10th Annual Southern California Economic Summit. “I don’t have a crystal ball to predict when the next recession will occur, but nothing in the numbers would suggest that happening soon.”

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SCAG Releases Connect SoCal Draft – A Major Milestone in Meeting the Mobility, Land-Use and Sustainability Needs for the Six-County Region

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) released a draft of Connect SoCal, its 2020-2045 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, for public review and comment on Nov. 14. Connect SoCal, the 2020-2045 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, presents a long–range vision that balances future mobility and housing needs with economic, environmental and public health goals. It will help guide the region’s growth, and includes transportation improvements and land use ideas to shape the future of Southern California.

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SCAG Approves Modified Plan for Allocating 1.34 Million Units as Part of the 6th Cycle RHNA Process

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The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) on Thursday approved a modified methodology for distributing a state-mandated 1.34 million housing units in the six-county region over an eight-year period.

The plan goes further in promoting greater housing development near jobs and transit availability than did earlier methodology proposals. The modified plan now goes to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for its approval, which could be finalized by January or February.

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Regional Council Approves Draft RHNA Allocation Methodology

On Thursday, SCAG’s Regional Council voted to advance a draft RHNA Allocation Methodology introduced by City of Riverside representative Mayor Rusty Bailey, directing staff to make refinements to the allocation methodology before sending to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). In comments, the board adopted this alternative approach to shift housing needs closer to jobs centers and high quality transit, and sought to avoid contributing to greater sprawl and traffic congestion.

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SCAG Regional Council to Consider Release of Draft Connect SoCal Plan

On Nov. 7, SCAG’s Joint Policy Committees and Regional Council will consider releasing the Draft Connect SoCal plan, the 2020-2045 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, for public review and comment. Connect SoCal is a long-range visioning plan that seeks to meet the region’s air quality and greenhouse gas reduction goals, while balancing future mobility and housing needs with economic, environmental and public health goals, and SCAG is excited to be able to share this with the public.