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Building an inclusive and equitable recovery strategy that addresses the health, social and economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic tops Rex Richardson’s policy priorities as the newly installed President of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). 

“Our communities are facing a crisis on three fronts: a public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, an economic crisis with unprecedented levels of unemployment, and a social justice emergency as a result of longstanding racial inequities. The communities we serve are looking to SCAG for innovative and forward-thinking leadership,” Richardson said. “This is a moment that demands we redefine what ‘resiliency’ means for local government. In the weeks and months ahead, we have a unique opportunity to fundamentally change systems and processes to be more inclusive, equitable, and effective.” 

Richardson, a Long Beach City Council member, was sworn in Thursday to lead the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization after serving as SCAG’s First Vice President this past year. At 36, he is the youngest person to hold the office of President in the agency’s 55-year history. SCAG represents 191 cities, six counties, and a population of more than 19 million. 

Read the full press release here.

Los Angeles – 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.

"SCAG stands in solidarity with those working toward a fair and just society, and with those calling for systemic change to eliminate all barriers that reduce opportunity and undermine Southern California’s shared values and ability to thrive," the resolution states.

Approved overwhelmingly by the Regional Council, the measure creates an ad hoc Special Committee “to further develop SCAG’s response to advancing social justice throughout the agency’s activities.”

Full press release available here

Staff report on board action available here.

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. The scholarship recipients include: Aaliyah Felix (El Centro), Ashley Anderson (Covina), Doyup Kwon (Torrance), Chloe Niebla (Westminster), Mirabella Smith (Canyon Lake), Ysabella Sardillo (Apple Valley), Kimiko Stafford (Thousand Oaks), Emily Hardesty (Long Beach), and Andrea Hansen (Chino Hills). Continuing the partnership established from the 2019 awards, the California Transportation Foundation agreed to fund an additional scholarship for 2020, which will be awarded to Chiari Palagi (Riverside). The SCAG Scholarship Program provides each awardee with both a monetary scholarship 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. Congratulations to these future leaders in Southern California’s planning and governing community!​

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Posted June 30, 2020

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2019 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #19-23 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. The Public Review period starts on June 30, 2020 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on July 9, 2020.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at

Please note that some of the changes or project additions may be for projects funded with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 funds. This public involvement opportunity is provided to meet the public involvement requirements for the program of projects.

SCAG is relying on the public participation process for the FTIP to satisfy FTA public participation requirements for the transit program of projects. The public notice of public participation activities and the time established for public review of and comments on the FTIP will satisfy the pop requirements of the Section 5307 program.

Subject to revisions to address comments received during the public review period, the 2019 FTIP as revised by Proposed Amendment #19-23 will be the final program unless amended, and a final notice will not be published.

If you have any questions or comments concerning this amendment, contact Pablo Gutierrez at (213) 236-1929 no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 9, 2020.

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Los Angeles – 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.

Among the major takeaways: Population trends, the housing crisis and fundamental shifts in the way we do business and live our lives will create significant challenges as Southern California and the state as a whole begin to recover from COVID-19.

Read the full press release here.

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