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Workshop on General Plan Guideline Update by the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
SCAG headquarters (Board Room) with videoconferencing sites as below.

The Governors Office of Planning and Research (OPR) would like to invite you to participate in a local government focused discussion of OPRs update to the General Plan Guidelines. The discussion is an opportunity for you to provide OPR with input about the update to the General Plan Guidelines. In particular, OPR will seek input from local governments about how the General Plan Guidelines can be more useful in updating general plans. OPR wants to know what data, maps, and information would be the most helpful to address the statutory requirements for general plans. Additionally, OPR wants to know how an online General Plan Guidelines would be useful. This input will be vital to ensure OPR is providing current, relevant information for use by local governments to prepare and update general plans.

If you plan on attending at the SCAG Headquarters, you do not need to RSVP.

The meeting will be broadcast by video at the following regional locations. If you plan to attend at a regional location, please RSVP to the contact person listed below:

Orange County Office (OCTA)
600 S. Main Street, Suite 906 Orange, CA 92863
Contact: Kevin Gilhooley, Gilhooley@scag.ca.gov, 213-236-1878

Ventura County Office, 950 County Square Drive, Suite 101, Ventura, CA 93003
Contact: John Procter, procter@scag.ca.gov, 213-236-1965

Imperial County Office, 1405 N. Imperial Ave., Suite 1,El Centro, CA 92243
Contact: Tomas Oliva, oliva@scag.ca.gov, 213-236-1967

Riverside County Office, 3403 10th Street, Suite 805, Riverside, CA 92501
Contact: Cheryl Leising, leising@scag.ca.gov, 213-236-1926

Palmdale, 38250 Sierra Hwy., Palmdale, CA 93550
Contact: Mike Behen, mbehen@cityofpalmdale.org, 661-267-5337
Jim Deyo, jdeyo@cityofplamdale.org, 661-267-5347

Southbay Cities COG 20285 S. Western Av., Suite 100, Torrance, CA 90501
Contact: Chandler Shields, chandler@scesc.com, 310-371-7222, x215 or
Jenn Alderete, jenn@scesc.com, 310-371-7222, x300

SCAG San Bernardino Regional Office, 1170 W. 3rd St., Suite 140, San Bernardino, CA 92410
Contact: Arnold San Miguel, sanmiguel@scag.ca.gov, 213-236-1925

Coachella Valley Association of Governments, 73-710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 200, Palm Desert, CA 92206
Contact: Aurora Wilson, awilson@cvag.org, 760-346-1127

SCAG invites regional leaders to a discussion about bringing electric-vehicle charging infrastructure to homes and office spaces. Held in partnership with the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG), “EV Charging Stations and Multi-Family Housing: Overcoming the Obstacles” will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the SCAG offices in downtown Los Angeles. Sessions will also be offered via live video-conference at the SCAG regional offices.

Offering on-site charging at apartment buildings is a direct way for property owners and managers to attract and retain tenants who own electric cars, as well as visibly advertising a building’s or property management company’s environmental values. Offering EV charging equipment to building tenants will contribute to cleaner cars on the road and reduced emissions. City and state officials, as well as multi-family, retail, workplace, and hotel building managers are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Alex Mena at mena@scag.ca.gov or register online.

Southern California has added more than 1 million jobs since the Great Recession bottomed out and is poised to continue its steady recovery in 2017, a series of new reports shows. The in-depth economic analyses cover each of the six counties represented by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization. The reports will be formally released on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Seventh Annual Southern California Economic Summit at the L.A. Hotel Downtown. The Summit, sponsored by SCAG and the Southern California Leadership Council, will include discussions on improving the economic viability of local communities, attracting new businesses and industry clusters, and how our region can become a bigger force in the innovation economy. More than 400 business and elected leaders are expected to attend.

Read the Press Release.

The City of Cudahy and the Go Human campaign invite residents and visitors to walk, bike, skate or roll to Cudahy en Marcha, an active-streets festival on Saturday, Dec. 3, previewing various active transportation improvements planned for the city. Cudahy en Marcha transforms the city’s streets as places that are safer and more enjoyable to walk, bike, skate and roll. Residents and visitors will experience new safety features on Atlantic Avenue and Elizabeth Street, and celebrate the kick-off of the Lower L.A. River Revitalization Plan with a community bicycle ride and festival. Attendees can connect to this free street festival on foot, by bike, skateboard, scooter or transit. Featuring music, performances, live art, vendors, food trucks, prizes, crafts, skate demos, a bicycle rodeo, helmet giveaways and more, Cudahy en Marcha will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Activity hubs will be stationed at Atlantic Avenue near Santa Ana Street and at Clara Street Park off of Elizabeth Street. For more information, visit GoHumanSoCal.org/Events.

Read the Press Release.

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to support a region‐wide public awareness campaign to prevent traffic‐related deaths and injuries among people who walk and bike. SCAG, through its successful Go Human active transportation safety and encouragement campaign, will use the funding as part of the region’s ongoing commitment to keep local roadways safe through both awareness and education. Southern California has some of the highest levels of pedestrian and bicycle injuries and fatalities in the state and across the country. In the six‐county SCAG region (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura), bicycle fatalities represented 6 percent and pedestrian fatalities represented 29 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2013. That year, there were 6,985 bicycle and 6,362 pedestrian injuries, twice as many as compared to 2007. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat, and reverse, these alarming statistics, through a robust advertising and social marketing campaign. Funding for this California Office of Traffic Safety program is through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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