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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.

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is seeking proposals for an exhibit highlighting student planning projects at its 50th Anniversary Regional Conference & General Assembly, May 7 - 8 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert. As part of the agency’s regular event programming that will highlight outstanding planning projects in the region, SCAG will host its first student project exhibit of exceptional projects in the discipline of urban and regional planning. Selected students will have the opportunity to showcase their projects on Thursday, May 7th to an audience of more than 1,000 elected officials, planning practitioners and various public, private and non-profit stakeholders.

SCAG is requesting students to submit abstracts for student-led projects that demonstrate innovative solutions to sustainability-related planning issues on a local or regional scale. Eligible submittals include any applied projects or research papers and will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Sustainability: Promotes principles relevant to one or more sustainability principles (integrated planning, green region initiative and active transportation)
  • Innovation: Introduces new concept or challenges or improves upon current planning processes
  • Transferability: Strategies/concepts that can be applied to different locations or programs
  • Feasibility: Project has potential to be realistically implemented
  • Presentation: Excellence in writing, visual content and overall organization

Submissions will be accepted from students currently enrolled at any university or college within the SCAG region (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties). All work must be completed by students, not faculty or university staff. Eligible projects must have been completed after January 1st, 2012.

Submissions are due by Monday, March 16, 2015, at 2 pm.

To download the poster session guidelines, please visit SCAG's Regional Conference & General Assembly website: www.scag.ca.gov/ga2015. If you have further questions, please contact India Brookover at (213) 236-1919, or email brookover@scag.ca.gov.

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