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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.

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On September 24, 2015, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $22.5 million FY 2015 funds for the Low or No (LoNo) Emission Vehicle Deployment Program. The capital program is a highly competitive grant program that supports the deployment of low or no emission transit buses along with supporting facilities and related equipment. The program is a great opportunity for entities to upgrade their fleet for the cleanest and most energy efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations, but not widely available. During the previous request for proposals, SCAG, in collaboration with SunLine Transit Agency (SunLine), received the largest grant award of $9.8 million. SunLine will use the funds as a pass-thru grant to build and deploy five (5) hydrogen electric hybrid fuel cell buses.

Due to the program requirements, SCAG must apply as the lead applicant for large urbanized areas in the SCAG region. At this time, SCAG is now accepting applications for the program. Interested, eligible sub-recipients in the SCAG region must submit their applications to SCAG by 5:00 pm (PST) on November 11, 2015. SCAG will review the applications on behalf of the region and submit each sub-recipients’ application to FTA by the November 23, 2015 deadline. If you are interested in applying or have questions regarding the program, please contact Alfonso Hernandez at or (213) 236-1897.

Please find additional information regarding SCAG’s instructions and required forms at:

Additional information regarding the requirements of the LoNo Program are available at:

​The U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon returns to the Orange County Great Park for its 2015 competition, to be held October 8-11 and October 15-18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate students from across the country and around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. This is the second time the prestigious competition will be held at the Great Park; the 2013 contest drew 64,000 attendees. 

Visitors to the free Solar Decathlon will have the opportunity to tour 15 solar-powered houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money. In addition to the house tours, families will enjoy an array of activities for kids.

For the first time this year, a local team will be competing. Team Orange County comprises students from UC Irvine, Chapman University, Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College. The team’s house, Casa del Sol, will mimic the state flower, the California poppy. Its passive solar features cause the house to open up during the day, increasing the effective living area. This house and others in the competition will be judged in 10 distinct categories that measure energy efficiency, market appeal and design achievement. 

Those interested in volunteering can learn more at learn more about Team Orange County, visit

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