SCAG Adopts Broadband Action Plan

Urban Arial View; half black and white, half color with internet graphics with words "Digital Divide"

The Southern California Council of Governments is committing to helping its 191 cities and six counties increase broadband access in underserved communities. At SCAG’s February meeting, the board adopted a resolution that will help close the region’s digital divide. The move comes as residents in underserved communities are struggling to participate in the digital landscape …

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SB 375’s Emissions Gap: Explained

This article explains the source of the so called seven percent gap between the GHG emission reductions called for in ARB’s Scoping Plan from reduced VMT from cars and light trucks and the high end of the SB 375 targets.

‘Green Streets’ Mean Cleaner Water for San Mateo C/CAG

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At the San Mateo City/County Association of Governments, street design accounts for safety and sustainability.

When Matt Fabry looks at a street in San Mateo County, he doesn’t just see a surface that conveys cars. He sees an entire system of water travel – stormwater travel, to be precise. Fabry leads one of the most innovative stormwater management programs in California, housed at the City/County Association of Governments of San …

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Wildfire Evacuation Fuels Madera Road Project

Photo of 2014 Junction Fire burning on the northern end of Oakhurst  

Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Oakhurst is a picturesque, wooded community just south of Yosemite, in eastern Madera County, with a problem increasingly shared by many rural areas: Creating safe evacuation routes in the event of wildfire. As climate change makes the weather hotter and drier, wildfires have increased across California …

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Imperial’s Mission Borders on Diplomacy

The city of Calexico is a fraction of the size of its sister city on the other side of the border, Mexicali.

Regional governments often serve as a venue where local agencies solve transboundary issues. But what happens when an international boundary bisects the region?  That is the issue faced by the Imperial County Transportation Commission (ICTC), which frequently engages with their regional partners in Mexico and two other sovereign nations – the Fort Yuma Quechan Indians and the …

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SJCOG Makes Transit EZ

The Bay Area has its Clipper Card, and the Sacramento region has its Connect Card – all-in-one payment cards that allow people to board buses and trains without the hassle of buying individual tickets. Now San Joaquin County has something that might be even better: contactless tickets available over a mobile app that also offers …

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SCAG Charts Inclusive Regional Recovery

SCAG President Rex Richardson (Long Beach) makes the opening case an inclusive economic recovery at SCAG's 11th Annual Economic Summit.

Long-term economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic must be inclusive and equitable in order to be sustainable, according to leaders of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), which hosted its 11th annual Southern California Economic Summit earlier this month. The Summit, held virtually, featured forecasts from the region’s top economists, who say Southern California …

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Stockton Diamond Makes Grade

On first view, it’s a little disconcerting. Two sets of double tracked railroad tracks cross each other at right-angles.  Its a diamond junction, named for the shape it creates when viewed from a corner.  But it feels more like a busy four-lane road intersection, except with 100-car freight trains rolling though.Welcome to the Stockton Diamond–the busiest …

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It’s Past Time to Repeal Article 34

CALCOG support Senator Allen’s SCA 1, which would authorize voters to repeal Article 34 of the state constitution that requires voter approval of public funded affordable housing rental projects.

CVAG Program Houses Homeless First

A 63-year-old woman who’s lived on the streets for six years battling chronic health issues is connected with a caseworker, a doctor and ultimately finds a home in a senior living apartment. A man who became homeless after a family dispute is connected to social services, reunites with his daughter and finds stable housing. An …

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