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​LOS ANGELES – Darin Chidsey today was appointed Interim Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization representing six counties, 191 cities and nearly 19 million residents.

Chidsey has been with SCAG for 13 years, most recently serving as the agency’s second-in-command in the role of Chief Operating Officer. His interim appointment, approved by SCAG’s Regional Council, follows the recent announcement that Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata has accepted an offer to lead the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). The Regional Council also today authorized an ad hoc committee to initiate a formal search process.

“We’re fortunate to have someone of Darin’s experience and qualifications to lead our extraordinary team during this critical period for SCAG and Southern California. His familiarity with SCAG, and the relationships he has established throughout our region, will ensure a seamless transition,” said Alan D. Wapner, SCAG’s President and Mayor pro Tem of Ontario.

As COO, Chidsey has worked closely with the Executive Director and has been responsible for driving SCAG’s vision and strategy, as well as implementing the actions of the agency’s Regional Council. Prior to his appointment as COO in 2016, he served as SCAG’s Director of Strategy, Policy and Public Affairs.

Read the full press release here.

 

Los Angeles – Demographic experts warn that Southern California’s housing crisis will only worsen until and unless there is a significant increase in the number of new homes built.

Speaking at the 30th annual Demographic Workshop sponsored by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, researchers said housing supplies aren’t keeping pace with a growing population and other factors that have increased demand and pushed costs skyward.

The Workshop, “The Impact of Census 2020 & Connect SoCal on Our Future,” examined a variety of topics related to shifting demographics and population growth in the six-county region. One of the fastest-growing population centers in the United States, Southern California is expected to add 3.5 million to 4 million residents over the next quarter century.

Read the full press release here.

The Regional Council has voted to approve the Scholarship Committee recommendations for the 2019 SCAG Scholarship Program Awards. This year, SCAG received 111 applications from high school and community college students from across the region. 10 outstanding students were selected for scholarships, representing all six of SCAG’s member counties. The SCAG Scholarship Program provides each winner with both a monetary award of $4,000 and a two-week internship with SCAG or a local planning agency, in order to help students build the foundation for a career in urban planning and local government. The scholarship recipients are as follows: Mariano Peinado (El Centro), Arianna Gonzalez (North Hills), Do Khym (Cerritos), Morgan Kopecky (Irvine), Daniel Sosa (Riverside), Kayla Ferrer (Adelanto), Sarah Laufenberg (Thousand Oaks), Darling Gonzalez (Bell Gardens) and Shaun Howard (Aliso Viejo). Congratulations to these future leaders in Southern California’s planning and governing community!

To learn more about the winning students, read the subregional press releases here:

Posted June 04, 2019

To make it easier for communities to participate, SCAG has provided an electronic survey as another way to collect the public’s input: connectsocal.org/survey. The survey will take 5 minutes or more, depending upon how many ideas you have to share!

Special Opportunity: Telephone Town Hall

Keywords : regional transportation plan

Connect SoCal is a long-range visioning plan for the future of Southern California that identifies challenges the region is going to face in the next 25 years and solutions to address them. The plan will encompass future mobility and housing needs with economic, environmental and public health goals. But, we can’t do it alone – we need your input to shape SoCal’s future!

We have two more weeks of our open house-style workshops, so if you haven’t had a chance to participate, we encourage you to find an option near you! See the list here. Here’s a quick look at what where we’ll be this week:

IMPERIAL COUNTY

  • Monday, June 3, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in El Centro

LOS ANGELES COUNTY

  • Wednesday, June 5, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in El Monte
  • Thursday, June 6, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Los Angeles

ORANGE COUNTY

  • Thursday, June 6, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Buena Park

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

  • Tuesday, June 4, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Victorville
  • Wednesday, June 5, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in San Bernardino
Keywords : regional transportation plan
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