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As the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) prepares to develop the 2016–2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, the agency is updating its Public Participation Plan and invites your input.
Consistent with federal and state requirements, SCAG regularly reviews and evaluates its public participation and outreach activities to ensure that the public and interested parties are given early, meaningful and substantive opportunities to be involved in SCAG’s decision-making. To that end, SCAG released the 2014 Draft Public Participation Plan on January 22, 2014 for a mandatory 45–day public review and comment period, which ends at 5:00 p.m. on March 7, 2014.
SCAG invites your review and comments on the draft plan.
READ THE DRAFT PLAN HERE.
HOW TO SUBMIT COMMENTS ON SCAG’S 2014 DRAFT PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PLAN:
SCAG provides a variety of ways for you to submit your comments on the 2014 Draft Public Participation Plan. Choose the method most convenient for you:
- Complete the Public Participation Comment form at: www.scag.ca.gov/participate/Pages/PublicComment.aspx
- Email your comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax your comments to: 213-236-1961 – ATTENTION: Media & Public Affairs
- Mail or drop off your written comments at any SCAG Office:
- Main Office
818 W. 7th Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017
- Imperial County Office:
1405 N. Imperial Avenue, Suite 1, El Centro, CA 92243
- Orange County Office
600 S. Main Street, Suite 906, Orange, CA 92863
- Riverside County Office
3403 10th Street, Suite 805, Riverside, CA 92501
- San Bernardino County Office
1170 W. 3rd Street, Suite 140, San Bernardino, CA 92410
- Ventura County Office
950 County Square Drive, Suite 101, Ventura, CA 93003
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
At the conclusion of the comment period, staff will review, address and incorporate as appropriate all comments received into a final, draft Public Participation Plan that will be presented to SCAG’s Legislative/Communications & Membership Committee (LCMC) at its meeting on March 18, 2014. Upon approval by the LCMC, staff will present the 2014 Final Public Participation Plan to the SCAG Regional Council for adoption on April 3, 2014.
Questions? Please contact Angela Rushen Ross, Manager of Media & Public Affairs at email@example.com or call 213-236-1809.
We value and appreciate your input!
Posted September 30, 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 236-1897.
Please find additional information regarding SCAG’s instructions and required forms at: www.scag.ca.gov/opportunities/Pages/Grants.aspx.
Additional information regarding the requirements of the LoNo Program are available at: http://www.fta.dot.gov/grants/13077_16577.html.
Posted September 03, 2015
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 http://www.solardecathlon.gov/.To learn more about Team Orange County, visit http://teamoc2015.com.
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