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The California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission has planned a series of public finance educational opportunities for public officials aimed at improving transparency in the municipal markets.

Seminar - Tools and Strategies for Today’s Public Investment Portfolio Manager
March 12-13, 2014 | Hilton Concord, Concord, CA

This seminar provides public agency investment officers and other public officials with an introduction to the concepts, tools, and strategies necessary to manage and oversee public investment portfolios. Panelists will address the components of portfolio management, including establishing policy objectives, managing cash flow, understanding permitted investments, assessing and mitigating risk, and structuring portfolios.

Seminar - Municipal Market Disclosure: Current Topics and Practices
March 18-19, 2014 | Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center, Pomona, CA

Both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Government Accounting Office noted in their evaluation of the municipal market the need to improve market transparency through better disclosure. Efforts to do so, however, have stirred as much controversy as they have resulted in improved practices. This one and a half day program is devoted to a discussion of where we are and how much further we have to go. Day One of this seminar will focus on the current rules and proposed reform initiatives for primary and secondary disclosure practices by public agencies. Day Two will focus on recommended disclosure practices for direct loans and general obligation debt.

Seminar - Fundamentals of Land-Secured Financing
April 25, 2014 | San Diego, CA
Registration and Details Coming Soon

This one-day workshop is specifically designed for local government officials and their interested staff on Mello-Roos bonds and assessment district financing. Community Facilities District Financing (CFDs) remain a statewide financing tool. Speakers will highlight discussions of the basic structures, formation considerations, process and implementation of land-based financing techniques.

To register and for more information visit

The Riverside County Transportation Commission, in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration and Caltrans, is studying options for providing additional intercity passenger rail services between Los Angeles and Indio. The agencies are preparing a Program Environmental Impact State (EIS)/Program Environment Impact Report (EIR) document and a Service Development Plan consistent with federal and state requirements.

Join the RCTC, FRA and Caltrans for public scoping meetingson October 12, 13, and 17 to learn more about the project and to provide feedback:

  • Wednesday, October 12, 5 - 7 pm with a brief presentation at 5:45 pm, Springbrook Clubhouse at Reid Park, 1011 N. Orange Street, Riverside, CA 92501
  • Thursday, October 13, 5 - 7 pm with a brief presentation at 5:45 pm, Indio Senior Center, 45-100 Aladdin Street, Indio, CA 92201
  • Monday, October 17, 5 - 7 pm with a brief presentation at 5:45 pm, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Headquarters, Plaza Level, 1 Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

For more information, click here.

The Draft 2017 Federal Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (FSTIP) is now available for public review at the following web link:

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) prepares the FSTIP every two years in cooperation with metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and regional transportation planning agencies in California. It is a federally mandated document that includes phases of all capital and non-capital transportation projects prioritized to receive federal funding under Titles 23 and 49 of the United States Code during federal fiscal years 2016/17 through 2019/20. This document also includes regionally significant projects regardless of their funding source.

The public review and comment period for the Draft 2017 FSTIP begins on October 10, 2016 and closes on October 31, 2016. Please email comments to or send them to the address provided below by October 31, 2016:

Lima Huy
Division of Transportation Programming, MS 82
California Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001

Posted October 04, 2016

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #15-22 for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties. The Public Review period starts on October 4, 2016 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on October 13, 2016.

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.

Subject to revisions to address comments received during the public review period, the 2015 FTIP as revised by Proposed Amendment #15-19 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 Maria I. Lopez at (213) 236-1806 no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 13, 2016.

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) released today guidelines and applications for its 2016 Sustainability Planning Grants Program Call for Proposals. As approved by the Regional Council, SCAG’s governing board, the grants will range from $50,000 to $1 million in the categories of Active Transportation, Integrated Land Use and Green Region Initiative. Sample projects include bicycle, pedestrian and safe routes to school plans, open streets demonstration projects, climate action plans, adaptation studies and visioning projects that promote sustainable development. All SCAG-member jurisdictions, including cities, counties and Councils of Governments (COGs) and federally recognized Native American tribes in the counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura are encouraged to apply. The deadline for submitting a project for consideration is Nov. 18, 2016. A webinar for potential applicants will be held on Oct. 13. For guidelines, application forms and submission information, please visit the Sustainability website at

For more details, download the press release.

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