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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 Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) today urged Gov. Jerry Brown to sign Assembly Bill 2170, which guarantees freight-related funding to the six-county SCAG region and will help fortify America’s most vital trade corridor. The bill, adopted two weeks ago, uses the state’s Trade Corridor Improvement Fund (TCIF) to allocate freight funds authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015. The FAST Act, which was signed into law by President Obama last December, is the first federal surface transportation authorization bill to prioritize freight funding. Passage of the Assembly bill comes weeks after Southern California was largely shut out of the first round of funding under a federal freight program included in the FAST Act. The Governor’s signature will ensure that the region receives a fair share of additional freight-dedicated dollars included in the Act by using the highly successful TCIF funding platform.

For more details, download the press release.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has released the schedule for the FY 2017-18 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants Program. Applications are due Friday, November 4, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.

Sustainability, Preservation, Mobility, Safety, Innovation, Economy, Health, and Equity. These Transportation Planning Grants are intended to support the multi-modal transportation system of the future, one that improves mobility and accessibility for all people, while helping to achieve Assembly Bill 32 and Senate Bill 375 implementation for the reduction of Greenhouse gas emissions.

For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018, Caltrans anticipates awarding approximately $9.3 million for the following two (2) categories under the Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants Program:

Strategic Partnerships Grants - encourage regional agencies to partner with Caltrans to identify and address statewide/interregional transportation deficiencies in the state highway system, strengthen government-to-government coordination, and result in programmed system improvements that achieve the State’s overarching goals. Interested sub-recipients may also partner with their regional agencies for this grant.

Sustainable Communities Grants - funds transportation planning to identify and address mobility deficiencies in the multimodal transportation system, encourage stakeholder collaboration, involve active public engagement, integrate Smart Mobility 2010 concepts, and ultimately result in programmed system improvements, and achieve the Caltrans Mission and overarching objectives.

Workshop locations via SCAG Regional Offices:

Ventura County Office: 950 County Square Drive, Suite 101, Ventura, 93003, (805) 642-2800

San Bernardino Office: 1170 W. 3rd Street, Suite 140, San Bernardino, 92410, (909) 806-3556

Riverside Office: 3403 10th Street, Suite 805, Riverside, 92501, (951) 784-1513

Orange County Office: 600 S. Main Street, Suite 964, Orange, 92863, (714) 542-3687

Imperial County Office: 1405 N. Imperial Avenue, Suite 1, El Centro, 92243, (760) 353-7800

Coachella Valley: 73-710 Fred Waring Drive Suite 200, Palm Desert, CA 92260, (760) 346-1127

Please contact Karen Aceves at (213) 236-1921 or aceves@scag.ca.gov if you are planning to attend.

For more information on the - what, when, where and how to apply for these grants please refer to the Transportation Planning webpage at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/grants.html.

If you have any questions regarding the grant process for the SCAG region, contact: Karen Aceves, (213) 236-1921 or aceves@scag.ca.gov

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) announced today that it is working with Dr. Lucy Jones and her Center for Science and Society to help the nearly 200 cities in the region address their known seismic vulnerabilities. The goal of SCAG’s Earthquake Preparedness Initiative is to protect the Southern California economy from the predictable disruption that will result from a large regional earthquake. The Initiative will include a series of regional seminars led by Dr. Jones for city leaders that will cover earthquake risks and effective approaches to developing consensus on actions, especially with regard to strengthening infrastructure and the built environment. Dr. Jones will also lead workshops to help cities develop unique policy approaches suited to each community.

For more details, download the press release.

Posted September 01, 2016

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2017 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #17-01 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Various, and Ventura Counties. The Public Review period starts on September 1, 2016 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on September 12, 2016.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at http://ftip.scag.ca.gov/Pages/2017/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 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 2017 FTIP as revised by Proposed Amendment #17-01 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 September 12, 2016.

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