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LOS ANGELES – Hasan Ikhrata, executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) for the past 10 years, has accepted the position of executive director of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). His employment agreement was approved by the SANDAG board today.

Said SCAG President Alan D. Wapner, “We are extremely grateful for Hasan’s leadership and accomplishments at SCAG as our executive director over the past decade. Southern California has become a leader in the innovation economy, an even stronger global force in goods movement and international trade, and a national model for regional planning.

“The groundwork for much of this was laid during Hasan’s tenure as executive director and we wish him tremendous success in his new role with SANDAG.  We also look forward to working even more closely with SANDAG for the benefit of all of Southern California.”

SCAG is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing 191 cities, six counties and nearly 19 million residents.

Ikhrata expressed gratitude to SCAG’s staff and leadership team for their support, commitment and professionalism during his tenure.

“Our staff, our senior leadership and board are well prepared to build upon our successes, and continue making Southern California a model for other regions to follow,” Ikhrata said. “As I’ve said many times, our incredible team of professionals has the highest reputation in the nation, and I have been so proud to serve as their executive director.”

Full press release available here.

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is now accepting applications for the 2018 Sustainable Communities Program. 

Application Deadline: November 15, 2018

For many years, SCAG has provided technical assistance and resources at no cost to local jurisdictions that support local planning and implementation of the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) under the banner of the Compass Blueprint Program and later the Sustainability Planning Grant program. The program recognizes sustainable solutions to local growth challenges and has resulted in local plans that promote sustainability through the integration of transportation and land use. 

The guidelines, applications, and submission forms are available at http://sustain.scag.ca.gov/Pages/DemoProjApplication.aspx.

A workshop and webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the SCAG Offices (900 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1700; Los Angeles, CA 90017). Attendees can also attend via webinar. More details will be provided next week.

Contact Caitlin Sims, sims@scag.ca.gov, with any questions.  

 

Culver City, Calif. – The City of Culver City and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Go Human campaign invite residents and visitors to bike, walk, skate or roll to Experience Elenda, a free community event to be held on Saturday, September 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The goal of the event is to allow residents and visitors to test out and provide feedback to the City on planned street improvements proposed in the La Ballona Safe Routes to School Project.

Experience Elenda will showcase street improvements on Elenda Street between Washington and Culver Boulevards in Culver City that will make it safer for students and families walking or biking to La Ballona Elementary School and for people connecting to local bike routes including the Ballona Creek Bike Path.

Read the full press release here.

As millions of students in Los Angeles County prepare to return to school, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is encouraging drivers to slow down and look out for people and children walking and biking. City officials, parents and children gathered at a special press conference at La Ballona Elementary School in Culver City on Monday, August 13 to raise awareness about the need for drivers to slow down and be alert as students return to school over the next several weeks.

Read the full press release here.

Ontario, Calif. – The City of Ontario and the Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) Go Human campaign invite residents and visitors to bike, walk, skate or roll to Re-Imagine Downtown, a free active-streets festival that encourages family, friends and neighbors to explore a temporary makeover of Euclid Avenue that makes the street more welcoming and pedestrian-friendly.

Read the full press release here.

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