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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

As part of the Go Human campaign, SCAG and our partner agencies have planned a series of FREE bike safety workshops in Imperial, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties through the month of September. Learn proper helmet and bike fitting, the ABC Quick Check and Rules of the Road to build confidence and how to support safer and more enjoyable riding in your community. Participants will receive a Smart Cycling Quick Guide with tips and safety information. No bicycle is needed to participate and light refreshments will be served.

Go Human is a community outreach campaign with the goals of reducing traffic collisions in Southern California and encouraging people to walk and bike more. For more information on these and other events, please visit: http://gohumansocal.org/Pages/Calendar.aspx

On behalf of the Southern California Association of Governments and our partners, you are invited to the California Housing Summit, October 11, 2016 at the L.A. Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The summit, “The Cost of Not Housing,” will address the challenges of housing affordability across the state, and focus on resources for encouraging housing development in local communities.

The chronic shortage of housing, particularly affordable housing, throughout California poses a critical challenge to local, regional and statewide economies. The California Housing Summit will investigate opportunities for building more housing via state legislation and local policies and provide innovative tools for facilitating local housing development. The program will also include speakers who will address funding infrastructure to support housing and recommend how to convey to community members the health, economic and accessibility benefits of additional housing. SCAG is working with over 30 partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to engage with this pressing issue. Elected officials, planning professionals, developers, business and community leaders and housing advocates should attend.

Registration is now available. For more details, visit www.scag.ca.gov/housingsummit. For additional questions, contact Ma'Ayn Johnson at johnson@scag.ca.gov.

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has prepared the Draft 2017 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (Draft 2017 FTIP) in compliance with the adopted 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2016-2040 RTP/SCS) and all federal and state requirements, including those set forth in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST ACT) and metropolitan planning regulations.

On July 7, 2016, the SCAG Transportation Committee approved release of the Draft 2017 FTIP for a 30-day public review and comment period, which concludes on August 8, 2016. The Draft 2017 FTIP is comprised of transportation projects for the six-county SCAG region: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura. The Draft 2017 FTIP consists of three (3) volumes: (I) Executive Summary, (II) Technical Appendix, and (III) Project Listing part A and part B (consistent with the 2016 RTP/SCS). The Technical Appendix includes the federally required conformity analysis for the Draft 2017 FTIP.

Included in the public review and public hearings of the Draft 2017 FTIP are the Federal Program of Projects for Fiscal Years 2016/2017-2021/2022 that are funded with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 and 5339 funds for all urbanized areas in the SCAG six-county region. The applicable urbanized areas are: Camarillo, El Centro–Calexico, Hemet, Indio–Cathedral City, Lancaster–Palmdale, Los Angeles–Long Beach–Anaheim, Mission Viejo–Lake Forest–San Clemente, Murrieta–Temecula–Menifee, Oxnard, Riverside–San Bernardino, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Victorville–Hesperia, and Yuma AZ – CA* (*Imperial County Portion). This public notice of availability and public participation activities as well as the time established for public review and comments on the Draft 2017 FTIP will satisfy the public involvement requirements for the Program of Projects (POP). Subsequent to public involvement and adoption, the final 2017 FTIP will function as the final program for the region, unless amended, and a final notice is not published. The projects are listed by each respective county in Volume III of the Draft 2017 FTIP.

The Draft 2017 FTIP is available for public review on the SCAG website at www.scag.ca.gov/FTIP. Copies are also available for public review at SCAG's Los Angeles office and regional offices (Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura). Copies of the Draft 2017 FTIP can also be found at public libraries throughout the region (library listing is available on the SCAG website). SCAG's Regional Council as the agency's governing board is tentatively scheduled to consider approval of the final 2017 FTIP on September 1, 2016.

SCAG will be holding 2 public hearings regarding the Draft 2017 FTIP on the following dates, times and locations:

Thursday, July 14, 2016 @ 10:00 a.m.
SCAG Los Angeles Office
818 West Seventh Street, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 3:00 p.m.
SCAG Los Angeles Office
818 West Seventh Street, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

One may also participate in the public hearings via videoconference from SCAG's regional offices. Please visit our website for the public hearing procedures and videoconference locations at http://ftip.scag.ca.gov.

The purpose of the hearings is to receive public input and comments regarding the Draft 2017 FTIP, which may be used to facilitate changes where appropriate. SCAG encourages the public and all interested parties to submit written comments and/or written information at the public hearings and no later than the close of the public comment period. Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on August 8, 2016 and may be submitted electronically to gutierre@scag.ca.gov, or by U.S. mail as follows:

Southern California Association of Governments
Attention: Pablo Gutierrez
818 West Seventh Street, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

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