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​The latest issue of SCAG's Spotlight E-Newsletter is now available.

​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

The California Transportation Commission (CTC), Southern California Association of Governments, and Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce want to hear from the Los Angeles Basin residents about how they view current highway and road conditions, and proposals to stabilize funding for transportation-system repairs and maintenance.

These organizations are hosting a public forum at the California Department of Transportation-District 7 office on July 29, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to discuss and generate feedback on those issues.

Topics to be covered at the forum include the local, regional and state role in funding road projects and maintenance, the impacts and reasons for California’s and Southern California’s deteriorating transportation system, proposed short-term solutions to stabilize road repair and maintenance funding over the longer term.

CTC Commissioners Yvonne Burke and Fran Inman, CTC Executive Director Will Kempton, Department of Transportation Director Malcolm Dougherty, Southern California Association of Governments Regional Council Member and Transportation Committee Chair Hon. Alan D. Wapner, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Gary Toebben, Ventura County Transportation Commission Executive Director Darren Kettle, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Interim Deputy Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Wiggins, Port of Long Beach Transportation Policy Manager Allison Yoh, and Port of Los Angeles Senior Director of Government Affairs David Libatique will speak at the event.

California Department of Transportation – District 7 is located at 101 S. Main Street, Los Angeles. More information is available at

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has released the schedule for the FY 2016-2017 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants Program and plans to release the Call for Applications on August 17, 2015.

The Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants are intended to strengthen the economy, promote equity, and protect the environment. The results of these grants should improve mobility and lead to the programming and implementation of transportation improvement projects. Along with a strong focus on transportation, these projects should also emphasize safety, jobs, housing, sustainable communities, and public participation.

For Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-2017, Caltrans anticipates awarding approximately $9.8 million for the following two (2) categories under the Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants Program:

Strategic Partnerships

Consistent with the intent of partnership planning, the Strategic Partnerships grant funds planning projects that encourage regional agencies to partner with Caltrans to identify and address statewide/interregional transportation deficiencies in the state highway system, strengthen government-to-government relationships, and result in programmed system improvements, all in an effort to achieve the Caltrans Mission and overarching objectives.

Who May Apply as Primary Recipients – Metropolitan Planning Organizations/Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (MPO/RTPAs); Sub-recipients – Transit Agencies, Universities, Community Colleges, Native American Tribal Governments, Cities and Counties, Community-Based Organizations, Non-Profit Organizations, and Other Public Entities.

Estimated Budget – $1.5 Million, Federal Highway Administration – SPR, Part I

Local Match – 20% of the total project amount

Sustainable Communities

The Sustainable Communities grant funds transportation planning projects that identify and address mobility deficiencies in the multimodal transportation system, encourage stakeholder collaboration, involve active public engagement, integrate Smart Mobility 2010 concepts, ultimately result in programmed system improvements, and achieve the Caltrans Mission and overarching objectives.

Who May Apply as Primary Recipients – MPO/RTPAs, Transit Agencies, Cities, Counties, and Native American Tribal Governments; Sub-recipients – Transit Agencies, Universities, Community Colleges, Native American Tribal Governments, Cities and Counties, Community-Based Organizations, Non-Profit Organizations, and Other Public Entities.

Estimated Budget – $8.3 Million Total ($2.8 Million, Federal Transit Administration, Section 5304; $5.5 Million, State Highway Account)

Local Match – 11.47% of the total project amount

In collaboration with Caltrans, SCAG will be hosting a Regional Workshop on Thursday August 27, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Please see below for workshop location and contact information:

Southern California Association of Governments
818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Please contact Karen Aceves at (213) 236-1921 or if you are planning to attend.

Workshop and presentation will be broadcast to SCAG/COG Regional Satellite Offices at:

Ventura County Office: 950 County Square Drive, Suite 101, Ventura, 93003, (805) 642-2800

San Bernardino Office: 1170 W. 3rd Street, Suite 140, San Bernardino, 92410, (909) 806-3556

Riverside Office: 3403 10th Street, Suite 805, Riverside, 92501, (951) 784-1513

Orange County Office: 600 S. Main Street, Suite 906, Orange, 92863, (714) 542-3687

Imperial County Office: 1405 N. Imperial Avenue, Suite 1, El Centro, 92243, (760) 353-7800

Coachella Valley: 73-710 Fred Waring Drive Suite 200, Palm Desert, CA 92260, (760) 346-1127

For more information on the - what, when, where and how to apply for these grants please refer to the Transportation Planning webpage at:

If you have any questions regarding the grant process for the SCAG region, contact: Karen Aceves, (213) 236-1921 or

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