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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
Posted September 12, 2014
What does a "low impact" heavy freight rail line look like?
Can the roads of the 21st century provide water supply?
How much water runs off the 6th-busiest airport in the world?
Can Los Angeles be sustainable when we have the largest port on the west coast?
As the city and county consider water management in transportation funding measures, Transportation and Heavy Industry in an Era of Low Impact Development will investigate how the transportation and goods movement industries deal with their challenges to sustainability, and how they are approaching water management in their major projects.
On September 30, join leading players in those industries to discuss green infrastructure, land use, stormwater quality compliance, and the nexus of environmental and economic health.
- Jonathan Bishop, State Water Resources Control Board
- Honorable Joe Buscaino, Los Angeles City Council invited
- Robert Freeman, Los Angeles World Airports
- Sarah Jepson, Southern California Association of Governments
- Sam Pedroza, Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority
- James Vernon, Port of Long Beach
- Katherine Lemmon, LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
- High Speed Rail Authority invited
and more to come!
When: Tuesday, September 30 8:30am-12:30pm
Where: The California Endowment
1000 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Posted September 11, 2014
This month's issue of SCAG's Spotlight E-Newsletter highlights the approval of the 2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Plan, a budget amendment to fund $2.2 million in Sustainability grant projects and a recap of the Fifty Years Into the War on Poverty Summit.
Posted September 04, 2014
On September 18, 2014, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) will host a California Air Resources Board (ARB) public workshop to seek public input on the regional passenger vehicle greenhouse gas emission reduction targets (SB 375 targets) for Metropolitan Planning Organizations. This is one of four workshops being held throughout the State. ARB staff has released a Preliminary Draft Staff Report on the SB 375 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target Update Process, posted at www.arb.ca.gov that identifies issues to be considered. At the workshops, ARB staff will present background information on the target update process, and will seek public input on the issues outlined in the preliminary draft staff report. ARB staff will consider all input received at these workshops before preparing a revised staff report with recommendations for target updates. The revised staff report and recommendations will be presented to the Board at a public meeting in October 2014. The workshop will be held in Policy Committee Conference Room A at SCAG’s headquarters, 818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017. The complete schedule of workshops is listed below.
Statewide Workshop Locations
September 9, 2014
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
Governing Board Room
1990 East Gettysburg Ave, Fresno, CA 93726
September 11, 2014
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
South Coast Air Quality Management District
Conference Room GB
21865 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765
September 17, 2014
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
California Environmental Protection Agency
Coastal Hearing Room - 2nd Floor
1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
This workshop will be webcast, available at:
September 18, 2014
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Southern California Association of Governments
Policy Committee Conference Room A
818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017
All workshops will follow the same format and presentation, and the draft workshop agenda is available at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/sb375/meetings/target_update_workshop_agenda.pdf
On September 2, 2014, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will release their Call for Applications for the FY2015/16 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program. These grants may be used for a wide range of transportation planning purposes, which address local and regional transportation needs and issues. Furthermore, the implementation of these grants should ultimately lead to the adoption, initiation, and programming of transportation improvements. Caltrans plans to award a total of $9.8 Million in total grants for the following two (2) categories:
- Strategic Partnerships (20% Local Match Required; Grant Min. $100,000 – Grant Max $500,000)
- Sustainable Communities (11.47% Local Match Required; Grant Min. $50,000 – Grant Max $500,000)
SCAG in coordination with Caltrans, invites interested applicants to participate in a Regional Marketing Workshop on Monday, September 8, 2014, 2:00–4:00 p.m., at SCAG’s Los Angeles office. Videoconference will be available at all SCAG Regional offices (see www.scag.ca.gov/about/Pages/SCAGOffices.aspx)
SCAG Staff will be available during the application process to answer questions and help interested applicants who may need assistance completing their applicants or looking to partner with SCAG as the Primary Recipient. Please feel free to contact Alfonso Hernandez at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 236-1897.
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