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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 April 23, 2015

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #15-06 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties. The Public Review period has been revised to accomodate comment letter received on April 21, 2015 from Orange County Transportation Authority requesting the addition of four projects into Amendment #15-06 (FTIP Project IDs ORA030605, ORA030605A, ORA080909 and ORA111801). The Public Review period will restart on April 23, 2015 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on May 4, 2015.

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 #15-04 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 May 4, 2015.

The California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission (CDIAC) is hosting a webinar series designed to guide public agencies in the development and management of an investment portfolio. Public fund management in California allows for the investment officer to select instruments set forth in government code. Each investment instrument comes with a differing level of risk, requiring public investors to undertake a full assessment of each. These webinars will examine each instrument type, review the statutory authority, and analyze how the investment’s features may or may not achieve a local agency’s investment policy objectives. The webinar series is as follows:

  • Webinar 1: Treasuries – May 21
  • Webinar 2: Agencies – June 17
  • Webinar 3: Municipals – June 24
  • Webinar 4: Money Markets
    • Part 1: Banker’s Acceptances, Commercial Paper – July 8
    • Part 2: Certificates of Deposit (CDs), Deposit Placement Services and Collateralized Bank Deposits – July 22
    • Part 3: Repos, Reverse Purchase Agreements and Securities Lending – August 5
  • Webinar 5: Corporates – August 19
  • Webinar 6: Asset-Backed Securities, Mortgage-Backed Securities, Collateralized Mortgage Obligations – September 2
  • Webinar 7: Mutual Funds, Money Market Mutual Funds and Local Government Pooled Investments – September 16

Further information is available at http://www.treasurer.ca.gov/cdiac/.

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