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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

Together with the release of the 2014-15 guidelines for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) grants, the Strategic Growth Council announced that they will host six outreach workshops across the state to share more information about the AHSC program and how to submit a concept proposal. The workshops will be held in early February, but the exact locations will be announced by the end of January. For more information about the workshops, please download the workshop notice.

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The Strategic Growth Council has recently announced a Request for Grant Applications for the 2015 Sustainable Agricultural Land Conservation Program (SALCP). Administered by the California Department of Conservation on behalf of the Strategic Growth Council, the SALCP is envisioned as the first step in a multi-year conservation effort that will conserve agricultural land while reducing greenhouse gas emissions in California and is funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. There are two components of the SALCP: Agricultural Land Strategies and Agricultural Conservation Easements. Agricultural Land Strategy Grant proposals are due by March 20, 2015. Agricultural Conservation Easement Grant pre-proposals are due Feb. 6, 2015 and full proposals are due April 1, 2015. For information about the program guidelines, grant application forms and supporting material, please visit the Department of Conservation’s website or call (916) 324-0850.

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​The Strategic Growth Council has shared proposed revisions based on feedback to its Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) grant guidelines development. The revisions were provided in a memo released on Dec. 19, which also gave an update on two key issues not addressed in the preliminary draft guidelines: California Air Resources Board Guidance on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Quantification and the role of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. 

The Strategic Growth Council rescheduled its Dec. 2014 meeting to Jan. 20, 2015 in order to allow more time to incorporate and consider these revisions to the 2014-15 AHSC program guidelines. It is anticipated that the final application and guidelines for grant funds will be released sometime in late January. Any comments on the proposed revisions and updates may be sent to: ahsc@sgc.ca.gov. 

For more information on the AHSC grant program and other cap-and-trade related funding opportunities, please visit SCAG's webpage on the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.


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The Department is delighted to the announce release of a Notice of Funding Availability(NOFA) of approximately $35 million for the Housing-Related Parks (HRP) Program, 2014 Designated Program Year (DPY).

For the 2014 DPY, the Department will award funds for the issuance of building permits for units affordable to lower-income households as well as units substantially rehabilitated, converted and/or preserved between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2014.

Please refer to the revised HRP Program Guidelines for additional information on eligibility and documentation requirements.

The DPY 2014 application and instructions will be released prior to the end of the Calendar Year and will be posted on the Department's HRP Program webpage at http://www.hcd.ca.gov/hpd/hrpp/. In addition, Program staff will be conducting an application webinar during the month of January to answer questions and provide technical assistance to potential applicants.

Please note, the deadline for meeting Program threshold requirements as set forth in Section 102 of the Program Guidelines include the following:

  • Housing element compliance as of December 31, 2014 which means a Housing element that has been adopted by the jurisdiction's governing body and determined to be in substantial compliance with State housing element law pursuant to Government Code Section 65585, and
  • Submittal of required Annual Progress Reports that must be submitted to the Department by no later than the application due date, February 5, 2014.

Applications are due February 5, 2015.

Please contact your Program Representative (see below) with questions. The Department looks forward to working with you!

Northern California/Bay Area
Fidel Herrera
(916) 263-7441
fidel.herrera@hcd.ca.gov

Sacramento/Central Valley/Central Coast/Eastern Sierra
James Johnson
(916) 263-7426
james.johnson@hcd.ca.gov

Southern California
Hilda Sousa
(916) 263-1784
hilda.sousa@hcd.ca.gov

Program Manager
Jennifer Seeger
(916) 263-7421
Jennifer.Seeger@hcd.ca.gov

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