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​Poverty levels in the six-county SCAG region have jumped from 1.9 million people in 1990 to 3.2 million in 2012. U.S. Census Bureau data also shows one in four children in the region are living in poverty. This information, along with a report on the region's economic recovery, will be the focus of a presentation at the 4th Annual Economic Recovery & Job Creation Summit, happening December 5, 2013. For more information, please download the attached press release.

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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.

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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.

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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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