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The U.S. Conference of Mayors is conducting a critical affordability survey of the average annual household costs of providing drinking water, sanitary sewers, combined storm and sanitary sewers and flood control systems in our communities. The U.S. Conference of Mayors will be using this information to inform members of Congress on the real costs to cities of operating and maintaining the nation’s critical utility systems. The U.S. Conference of Mayors is currently working with members of Congress on potential legislation, including guidance on the affordability of federal mandates and providing additional funding to communities.

In order to gather this information, cities are being asked to complete a brief survey of the water costs in your community. This survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/watercosts.

Alternatively, a hard copy of the survey (attached) can be completed and emailed to sgv@sgvcog.org. A sample completed survey and sample results are attached. To see if your city has already completed the survey visit the SGVCOG website.

Walnut Park, Calif. – The County of Los Angeles and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Go Human campaign invite residents and visitors to bike, walk, skate or roll to Camina en Walnut Park, a free street festival to be held on Saturday, June 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The goal of the event is to allow residents and visitors to test out and provide feedback to the County on potential street improvements along Pacific Boulevard.

Camina en Walnut Park will bring together friends and neighbors to enjoy free family-friendly activities including a bike rodeo, bicycle repair station, local performers, giveaways, music, a County resource fair and more. The event will feature a multi-use walk and bike path and crosswalk enhancements on Pacific Boulevard. Residents and visitors can test these temporary street improvements that make walking and biking easier, safer and more enjoyable.

Read the full press release here.

​Major demographic trends, including new research findings on key patterns in generational housing choices, transportation demands and fertility rates, were the subject of discussion between some of the region’s top economists and demographic experts Monday at the University of Southern California.

The 29th annual Demographic Workshop, hosted by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, addressed the theme “Lasting Demographic Impacts after the Recovery,” sharing analysis and insight on the region’s shifting housing needs, transportation demands and economic revitalization in the wake of the Great Recession. 

Read the full press release here.

 

A new white paper released by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and Orange County Business Council (OCBC) points to promising opportunities for redevelopment which could translate to tens of thousands of new workforce housing units in the next decade in Orange County.

The SCAG, OCBC white paper, titled “Retail Land Use in Orange County: An Examination of Future Potential,” identifies several thousand acres of Orange County commercial-retail property with strong potential to be repurposed for more efficient land use.

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