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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 www.treasurer.ca.gov/cdiac/seminars.asp

​The latest issue of SCAG's Spotlight E-Newsletter is now available.

LOS ANGELES–California’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program returned an impressive 11 percent return on investment in its first three years and helped generate $4.3 billion in economic activity and supported 22,300 jobs, according to a study released today by the Southern California Association of Governments.​

View the press release here.
Read the report here.

Posted March 18, 2014

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2013 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #13-17 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Various Counties. The Public Review period starts on March 18, 2014 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on March 27, 2014.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at http://ftip.scag.ca.gov/Pages/2013/proposed.aspx.

Please note that some of the changes or project additions may be for projects funded with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 funds. This notice also serves as the public review for this FTA program.

SCAG is relying on the public participation process for the TIP to satisfy FTA public participation requirements for the transit program of projects.

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 March 27, 2014.

 
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Posted March 11, 2014

Registration opens April 16 for the Southern California Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) Lawn Mower Exchange Program. Residents living within SCAQMD's 4-county jurisdiction will be able to register to turn in their old, working, gas lawn mower and purchase a cordless, rechargeable, electric lawn mower at a greatly reduced price. Five models will be available for you to choose from when you register. For more information visit www.aqmd.gov or call 1-888-425-6247.

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