What Do Regional Governments Do? “CARL” Answers the Call

How do you explain what a regional government does if you only have a moment?  Do you have an elevator speech?  Or have you given up on trying to explain it, even to your friends and family? Telling the story of regional government is challenging.  It’s complex, unwieldy, and filled with nuance.  It also varies …

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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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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.  As a result, there are instances where two agencies with different structures undertake the same mandate. Likewise, two regions that share the same structure may …

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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 Association – coupled with winning yet another Certificate of Achievement of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States …

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CALCOG Regions Partner via CalVans to Improve Rural Mobility

Calvans van in operation

A van used by farm workers on farmland. Two water coolers are on a front bumper rack

The California Vanpool Authority (CalVans) is a public transit agency that organizes more than 800 vanpools across the state.  Each trip represents at least seven (and as many as 15) people who are traveling a minimum of 15 miles and often 70 miles (or more) one way to their place of employment.  Even using conservative …

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