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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 30, 2014
On Oct. 27, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., SCAG will host a Strategic Growth Council public workshop to seek input on the draft Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program guidelines. The AHSC program is a new funding opportunity created by the California Cap-and-Trade Expenditure Plan, with $130 million being allocated to this program in the State Budget for FY 2014-15. The purpose of the program is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through projects that implement land use, housing, transportation and agricultural land preservation practices to support infill and compact development, and projects that support related and coordinated public policy objectives. The Oct. 27 workshop is one of four events being held throughout the state to obtain feedback on the draft grant guidelines. The deadline for receiving comments is Oct. 31 and the complete schedule of workshops is listed below.
For more information, please visit the AHSC webpage.
Statewide AHSC Workshop Locations
Thursday, Oct. 23
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Merced City Hall
678 West 18th Street
Merced, CA 95340
Friday, Oct. 24
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Elihu Harris Building Auditorium
1515 Clay Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Monday, Oct. 27
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Southern California Association of Governments
818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Click here to register
Tuesday, Oct. 28
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Lincoln Plaza North Auditorium
400 Q Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Posted September 19, 2014
The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #15-01 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura,and Various Counties. The Public Review period starts on September 19, 2014 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on September 29, 2014.
A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at http://ftip.scag.ca.gov/Pages/2015/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 2015 FTIP as revised by Proposed Amendment #15-01 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 29, 2014.
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.
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