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Ventura County suffered a significant recession in 2016, capping off a three-year period of weak economic activity worse than the financial crisis of 2008, a new report shows.

The report, by economist Matthew Fienup, director of the Center for Economic Research and Forecasting, said that while the county has finally recovered the number of jobs lost from 2008-2011, the new positions don’t pay as well nor have they kept pace with the county’s population growth.

Ventura County’s economy, as measured in gross domestic product, shrunk by nearly 3 percent in 2016, led by a loss of nearly $1 billion in non-durable manufacturing (such as the biotech sector). The figure might be revised "but it is reasonable to conclude that Ventura County suffered a significant recession in 2016 and the county saw nearly no growth in either 2014 or 2015."

Download the full press release here.

Keywords : economy

Work was recently completed on a study intended to provide a toolbox of resources for local providers of public transportation to incorporate planning for climate change adaptation and resiliency into their short range planning, asset management, and procurement/contracting processes. This work occurred in coordination with the Regional Transit Technical Advisory Committee. The toolbox resources are available for download on the SCAG website.

Keywords : Transportation

Federal regulations require the Federal Highway Administration  and the Federal Transit Administration to jointly review and evaluate the metropolitan transportation planning process of all urbanized areas that have populations totaling 200,000 or greater every four years.

For this cycle, a Federal review team conducted a desk audit and site visit. The body of this report contains applicable findings, corrective actions, recommendations, and best practices observed.

Review Outcome: FHWA and FTA jointly certify that the metropolitan transportation planning process performed by SCAG substantially meets the requirements of 23 Code of Regulations (CFR) § 450 and all other applicable requirements. Further details on all findings, recommendations, and best practices can be found in the relevant sections of this report.

Full report available here.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Improving transportation access and connectivity within one of the nation’s most robust growth corridors will require multiple solutions working in tandem, according to research presented Thursday by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).

Appearing at an informational hearing by the Select Committee on Regional Transportation Solutions, Stephen Fox, Senior Regional Planner for SCAG, reviewed the findings of a newly released technical study that addressed the growing mobility challenges between San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties.

“Significant transportation improvements are under construction or are being planned in the Inter-County Study corridor,” said Fox. “The overall goal of our report was to determine the optimum mix and service levels of commuter rail, light rail, low- or zero-emission hybrid rail, bus rapid transit and express buses between the two counties.”

The Inter-County Study noted that most trips that originate with the corridor (56%) stay within the corridor, and that of those, 62% begin and end in the same city. It also showed that existing and planned transit and rail infrastructure concentrates on east-west travel, and that north-south transit services need to be increased.

Full press release available here.

​On Oct. 10, SCAG's Go Human campaign joined Imperial County schools to celebrate National Walk to School Day. Walk to School Day provides students and families the opportunity to get active, reduces traffic around schools and educates children, parents/guardians and the community on the best traffic safety practices to and from school.

Through partnerships with local school districts, Imperial County Office of Education (ICOE), Imperial County Public Health, Imperial County Fire Department and the Imperial County Sherriff’s Office, SCAG’s Go HumanCampaign distributed materials to more than 10 Imperial County schools. The schools received over 250 Go Human lawn signs and 87 outdoor banners highlighting safety messages that encourage drivers to slow down and look for people walking and biking.

“Go Human aims to decrease traffic collisions across the region by reminding drivers to slow down, keep their eyes on the road and eliminate distractions,” said SCAG President Alan Wapner. “These are especially important messages to communicate in and around schools where children and families are walking and biking most often.”'

Children, parents/guardians and community leaders walked from Sheffield Ave. and Morning Glory Trail to T.L. Waggoner Elementary School, joined by Members of the City of Imperial Police Department, California Highway Patrol and Imperial County Fire Department.

The annual Walk to School Day will served as a way to educate children, parents/guardians and the community on best traffic safety practices to and from school.

A video featuring highlights from the event is available here: https://vimeo.com/294695755

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