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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 SCAG Clean Cities program and the LAEDC e4 Mobility Alliance are co-hosting a forum on electric shared mobility in Southern California on August 10, aimed at electric vehicle manufacturers and other industry stakeholders. For those who cannot attend the meeting at SCAG’s office in downtown Los Angeles, videoconferencing will be available at several locations throughout the region.
 
August 10th
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
E4 Mobility Alliance August Meeting: Electric Drive Transit Buses 
 
Join SCAG and the e4 Mobility Alliance for an update on the progress of electric-drive buses in Southern California. At this half-day meeting, industry experts will provide a look ahead at the future of that market, identifying areas of opportunity and potential future challenges. Manufacturers of charging infrastructure will provide insights into their technologies and how they might work with electric buses. This meeting comes at a vital time for mobility innovation in Southern California, with the region becoming, in the words of e4 co-chair Jeff Joyner, “the Detroit of electric transportation.” This promises to be a dynamic and instructive event. 

To RSVP, click here
 

For any questions, please contact Alicia Walker at alicia.walker@laedc.org. Future classes on other exciting topics will be announced via email and on the SCAG Sustainability Program website.

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This summer, join, Go Human -- SCAG’s award-winning traffic safety and active transportation encouragement program -- as we will be hosting 15 bicycle rodeos and safety programming booths for kids in Los Angeles County and Orange County. Bike rodeos, or bicycle skills workshops for kids, provide opportunities to learn safety tips, build bicycling skills and increase kids’ confidence on a bike. League Certified Instructors will teach helmet fitting, ABC Quick Checks, how to cross the street safely, bike handling skills, yielding and more. Through games, like Find the Hazard and Spinner trivia, as well as bicycle courses, kids experience hands-on learning and education (with friendly support from safety costume characters). 

Go Human Bike Rodeos

  • 7/21 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.): Amigo Park (Parks After Dark) - 5700 Juarez Ave, Whittier CA 90606
  • 7/27 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.): City Terrace Park (Parks After Dark) - 1126 N. Hazard Ave, LA, CA 90063
  • 8/3 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.): Roosevelt Park (Parks After Dark) - 7600 Graham Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90001
  • 8/4 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.): Helen Keller Park (Parks After Dark) - 1045 W. 126th St. Los Angeles, CA 90044
  • 8/4 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.): Stephen Sorenson Park (Parks After Dark) - 16801 E. Avenue P, Lake LA, CA 93591

Go Human invites you and your family to attend any of these programming events. Arrive early to receive a free helmet (while supplies last). More dates and locations will be added soon. For more information, contact lippe-klein@scag.ca.gov

 

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The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) on Monday applauded the state Legislature’s extension of California’s landmark cap‐and‐trade program, but said that significant work must be done to ensure regional funding equity. Assembly Bill 398 passed both houses with a two‐third supermajority, extending cap‐and‐trade another 10 years, to 2030. Legislators also passed Assembly Bill 617 to strengthen monitoring and regulation of air pollution.

“With the support of Democrats and Republicans, the Legislature reaffirmed California’s commitment to battling the impact of global climate change,” said Hasan Ikhrata, SCAG’s Executive Director. “The next step is to make sure cap‐and‐trade dollars are distributed equitably and with a sense of purpose. In this regard, Southern California can no longer be an afterthought. We represent half the state’s population but receive less than 30 percent of cap‐and‐trade funds. That undermines the very purpose of the program, and makes it impossible for us as a region to meet our greenhouse gas reduction targets.”

Since its launch in 2012, cap‐and‐trade has generated nearly $4.5 billion from the auctioning of unused carbon allowances from manufacturers and other regulated entities – money that is supposed to be allocated to programs and projects that improve air quality. However, of funds allocated so far, the six‐county SCAG region has received just 29.6 percent even though it represents 48.2 percent of the state’s population and is home to the most congested metropolitan area in the country.

View the full press release here.

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Southern California Association of Governments is now accepting applications for new planning and non-infrastructure proposals to receive funding from the Regional Active Transportation Program (ATP). The program received additional funding as a result of the adoption of Senate Bill 1 (SB1), providing a unique opportunity for agencies that were not awarded funds in preceding ATP cycles to implement capacity building projects or participate in the region’s successful Go Human campaign.

Deadline to apply is August 31, 2017. For guidelines, project examples and application forms please visit: http://sustain.scag.ca.gov

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