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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

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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