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Legislation and Policy Affecting Our Region

March 2014
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RC Report

Highlights from the Regional Council Meeting

March 6, 2014

Image:Southern California’s Water Future Forum, Joint Meeting panelists (left to right) James Famiglietti, Ph.D., Director, Center for Hydrologic Modeling, UCI; Mark Grey, Ph.D., Director of Environmental Affairs, BIASC; David W. Pedersen, General Manager, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District; Brandon Goshi, Manager of Water Policy and Strategy, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, William Croyle, Drought Manager, California Department of Water Resources and Moderator Richard Atwater, Executive Director, Southern California Water Committee.

Southern California’s Water Future Forum, Joint Meeting panelists (left to right) James Famiglietti, Ph.D., Director, Center for Hydrologic Modeling, UCI; Mark Grey, Ph.D., Director of Environmental Affairs, BIASC; David W. Pedersen, General Manager, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District; Brandon Goshi, Manager of Water Policy and Strategy, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, William Croyle, Drought Manager, California Department of Water Resources and Moderator Richard Atwater, Executive Director, Southern California Water Committee

INFORMATION – PANEL URGES COLLABORATION TO EASE DROUGHT EMERGENCY

Image: Hon. Greg PettisSCAG convened a panel of water experts for today’s joint meeting of the Regional Council (RC) and policy committees who warned that without a sustained, collaborative commitment at the local, regional and state level, the region’s projected growth over the next 25 years will worsen the region’s water resource challenges. “We need the kind of immediate legislative action that we’re seeing right now. More important, we need long-term strategies to ensure reliable and safe local, regional and state water supplies,” said SCAG President Greg Pettis. SCAG is seeking ways to forge comprehensive solutions to help ensure a stable water supply as it works with local agencies to develop land-use and transportation plans to create more sustainable communities. Learn more at http://bit.ly/1jWFxp8.

ACTION – RC RELEASES SCAG’S DRAFT 2014-15 BUDGET FOR PUBLIC REVIEW

The RC approved the release of SCAG’s proposed $46.8 million FY 2014-15 budget for a 30-day public review and comment period. The proposed budget includes funding for the Sustainability Planning Grant Program, implementing the Southern California Job Growth and Economic Recovery Strategy, developing the 2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Program, continuing outreach and public involvement efforts to implement 2012 RTP/SCS strategies, enhancing SCAG’s GIS Services Program to better serve cities and counties, and expanding the Regional Planning & Policy Student Intern Program. View the proposed budget at http://bit.ly/1ovc5H0.

ACTION – NOMINATIONS FOR 2014–15 SCAG OFFICERS

The RC approved the nominations for the 2014-15 Officer positions submitted by the Nominating Committee. Nominees are Hon. Carl Morehouse of Ventura as President, Hon. Cheryl Viegas-Walker of El Centro as 1st VP, and Hon. Michele Martinez of Santa Ana as 2nd VP. Their names will be forwarded to the General Assembly in May for ratification, after which they will assume their new posts.

image left to right: Hon. Carl Morehouse, Hon. Cheryl Viegas-Walker, Hon. Michele Martinez

News From the Executive Director

Additional News for the Month

Image: Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor and Needles Mayor Ed Paget point to their respective 
cities along historic Route 66.

Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor and Needles Mayor Ed Paget point to their respective cities along historic Route 66.

SCAG DELEGATION VISITS BARSTOW, NEEDLES AND BLYTHE

A delegation from SCAG including President Greg Pettis, Hon. Carl Morehouse, Hon. Cheryl Viegas-Walker, Hon. Pam O’Connor and Hon. Jim Hyatt toured the cities of Barstow, Needles and Blythe in the far eastern portion of the SCAG region. While in Needles, Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor and Needles Mayor Edward Paget posed for a photographer as they showed off their ‘most west’ and ‘most east’ cities along Southern California’s portion of Route 66. The historic route, also known as the Mother Road, stretches from Chicago to Santa Monica. The trip underscored the vastness and diversity of the region we represent.

SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS PROGRAM

SCAG has a long and proud tradition of recognizing projects from member cities and agencies that demonstrate excellence in integrated land use, transportation and environmental planning. That tradition continues this year – with one change – the name of the awards program. The recognition program formerly known as the Compass Blueprint Awards is now the “SCAG Sustainability Awards.”

The new name better conveys the overall goals and benefits outlined in SCAG’s landmark 2012 – 2035 RTP/SCS that the entire region had a role in developing and is now working to implement through outstanding planning projects. Please encourage your local jurisdictions to submit their best planning projects for consideration.

The SCAG Sustainability Awards represent the highest achievement in planning by local jurisdictions and agencies in the region, offer a prestigious platform to showcase some of the best planning work occurring in the country and will be presented as part of SCAG’s Regional Conference & General Assembly, May 1 – 2.

Visit www.scag.ca.gov for more information and to download the nomination packet. The application deadline is 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 21. If you have questions, please contact Christopher Tzeng at tzeng@scag.ca.gov or 213-236-1913.

SAVE THE DATE: SCAG REGIONAL CONFERENCE and GENERAL ASSEMBLY, May 1–2, 2014 at Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Indian Wells, CA 92210, visit: www.scag.ca.gov/ga2014. Register Now

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    March

  • 8-12th National League of Cities Congressional City Conference
  • 13th RHNA & Housing Element Reform Subcommittee Meeting
  • 18th Legislative/Communications & Membership Committee

    April

  • 3rd Regional Council & Policy Committees
  • 8-11th California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) Annual Conference
  • 15th Legislative/Communications & Membership Committee Meeting
  • 22-25th NAFTANEXT Summit
  • 26-30th American Planning Association National Planning Conference

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