A Remote Possibility for Brown Act Reform

Open and public meetings are a cornerstone of California’s democracy. The public has a right to know what local government is doing.  The Ralph M. Brown Act (Brown Act) guarantees […]

Toolbox Tuesday: More Than A Catchy Name

Toolbox Tuesday Graphic: Tune in for TA

One often-overlooked service that regional agencies offer successfully is providing technical assistance to their members (cities and counties) on a wide variety of topics. Regional governments provide a natural forum […]

Regions 101

Cubed word cloud featuring the words Governance, Regional and Agency

We admit it. Regional governance often defies easy classification. Various agencies have grown and adapted to best serve their local communities.  The role of each agency also influences its structure. […]

WRCOG takes on the Challenge to save the “SKR”

Stephens Kangaroo Rat, (US FWS)

The Stephens' kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi; or SKR) is a nocturnal rodent that is unique to southwestern California. The species was listed as federally endangered in 1988 after half of the habitat it historically occupied was lost to residential, commercial, and agricultural development. While kangaroo rat populations have dwindled over the years, the species remains in portions of western Riverside County and parts of northern and central San Diego County.

In 2015, Western Riverside Council of Governments took over the management of a habitat conservation plan to protect the Stephen Kangaroo Rat as a way to achieve governmental efficiencies and reduce costs. It working for WRCOG and the rats.

CCTA Earns Financial Transparency Award (Again)

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) consistently strives to achieve the highest standards in its governmental accounting and financial reporting. Its recent Good Government award from the Contra Costa Taxpayers […]

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