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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

Yesterday SCAG’s Transportation Committee approved the release of the Draft 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2016 RTP/SCS) Amendment #1 and Draft 2017 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (2017 FTIP) Consistency Amendment #17-03 for public review and comment. The 30-day public review and comment period begins today, January 6, 2017, and ends on February 6, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Visit the Draft 2016 RTP/SCS Amendment #1 to download and review a PDF of the amendment document. The Draft 2017 FTIP Amendment #17-03 is also available online here. There are three ways to submit comments: Send your comments via email; mail us a letter; or attend our public hearing on January 18, 3:00 p.m. Additional information is available on the Draft Amendment #1 webpage.

At the SCAG Transportation Committee (TC) meeting Jan. 5, SCAG staff will request authorization to release the Draft 2016 RTP/SCS Amendment #1 (and the Draft 2017 FTIP Consistency Amendment No. 17-03, including the Conformity Analysis) for review and comment. The requested 30-day public review period would start Jan. 6, 2017 and end on Feb. 6, 2017.

Last April, the Regional Council adopted the 2016 RTP/SCS as developed and recommended by the TC. In response to requests from several county transportation commissions (CTCs) to amend the 2016 RTP/SCS to reflect additions or changes to project scopes, costs, and/or schedules, over the past few months, SCAG staff has worked with the CTCs to develop an amendment to the 2016 RTP/SCS and a concurrent consistency amendment to the 2017 FTIP.

During the public review period, a public hearing will be held on Jan. 18, 2017 at SCAG’s Los Angeles office with video-conferencing availability from SCAG’s regional offices. The draft amendments will be posted on SCAG’s website and noticed via SCAG’s website, newsletters, social media, and meeting announcements. The public will be encouraged to provide comments at the public hearing and through formal written comments, submitted either by U.S. mail or by email (rtpscs@scag.ca.gov). Upon completion of the public review period, SCAG staff will provide responses to all comments and present a proposed final 2016 RTP/SCS Amendment No. 1 and 2017 FTIP Consistency Amendment No. 17- 03 to the TC for a recommendation of its approval at the March 2, 2017 meeting and to the RC for its approval at the April 6, 2017 meeting. Visit http://scagrtpscs.net/ for updates on this project.

SCAG invites regional leaders to a discussion about bringing electric-vehicle charging infrastructure to homes and office spaces. Held in partnership with the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG), “EV Charging Stations and Multi-Family Housing: Overcoming the Obstacles” will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the SCAG offices in downtown Los Angeles. Sessions will also be offered via live video-conference at the SCAG regional offices.

Offering on-site charging at apartment buildings is a direct way for property owners and managers to attract and retain tenants who own electric cars, as well as visibly advertising a building’s or property management company’s environmental values. Offering EV charging equipment to building tenants will contribute to cleaner cars on the road and reduced emissions. City and state officials, as well as multi-family, retail, workplace, and hotel building managers are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Alex Mena at mena@scag.ca.gov or register online.

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