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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 California Transportation Commission (CTC), Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Riverside County Transportation Commission, San Bernardino Associated Governments, the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce and Inland Action want to hear from Inland Empire residents about how they view current highway and road conditions, and proposals to stabilize funding for transportation system repairs and maintenance.

These organizations are hosting a public forum to discuss and generate feedback on Thursday, January 14, 2016, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Riverside County Administration Center located at 4080 Lemon Street, Supervisor’s Chambers, Riverside, CA 92501.

Topics to be covered at the forum include roadway infrastructure and maintenance needs at the local, regional and state levels; reasons for California’s and the Inland Empire’s deteriorating transportation system; and potential short-term solutions to stabilize road repair and maintenance funding over the longer term.

Event participants include: CTC Commissioner Joseph Tavaglione; SCAG Transportation Committee Chair Alan Wapner; CTC Executive Director Will Kempton; Department of Transportation Chief Deputy Director Kome Ajise; Riverside County Transportation Commission Executive Director Anne Mayer; San Bernardino Associated Governments Executive Director Ray Wolfe; Inland Action Transportation Committee Chair John Mirau; and a representative from the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce.

​The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated the 2012 annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard on January 15, 2013.  Subsequently, EPA established initial air quality designations for most areas in the United States including California for the new PM2.5 standard. In the SCAG region, two areas were designated as nonattainment areas for the new PM2.5 standard: the urbanized area of Imperial County and the whole South Coast Air Basin.

These new area designations became effective April 15, 2015. As a result, transportation conformity is required to be re-determined for the 2012-2035 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) and 2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) for the new PM2.5 standard by April 15, 2016.  

To fulfill the federal requirement, the Southern California Association of Governments has prepared a Draft 2012-2015 RTP/SCS and 2015 FTIP Conformity Re-Determination Report and is releasing the Draft Report for a 15-day public review. The public comment period commences on December 30, 2015 and concludes on January 13, 2016 at 5 p.m. To download the Draft Report and the Public Notice of Availability with detailed instructions about how to submit written comments, please visit SCAG's Regional Conformity Determinations webpage​.


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On Thursday, Dec. 3, the Regional Council agreed to release for public review a $555.4 billion plan to fix aging infrastructure and improve the region’s transportation network.​ Fully implemented, the Draft 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2016 RTP/SCS) would close critical gaps in Southern California’s transportation network and meet the mobility needs of a population that is expected to grow by 3.8 million people during that period. In addition, the plan would add 188,000 jobs per year from construction, operations and maintenance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 22 percent. For more details, read the press release.

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