AB 285 Report: Five Initial Observations

There are probably 285 things we could say about the AB 285 report. Some positive, others critical.  But that would be a really boring read, so here are our initial five thoughts: Quick Background: What Is an AB 285 Report? The AB 285 Report (technically, the Transporation Assessment Report) is a review of the CTP …

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Bay Area’s Regional Housing Technical Assistance Program

The first iteration of the Regional Early Action Program (REAP) provided funding for the councils of governments (COGs) responsible for developing the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) to accelerate and support housing planning.  It was the regional counterpart to the Local Early Action Program (LEAP), which were distributed directly to cities and counties. While most REAP …

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ABAG and BayREN: a Regional Model for Energy Efficiency

BayREN Logo on ABAG logo

Special thanks for to our Summer Intern from UC Riverside, Celine Hoang, for her help in identifying, researching, drafting, and fact checking this story!

Whether it’s offering rebates for energy-efficient upgrades or creating maps that reveal where energy use is highest, the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) is playing a crucial role in helping cities, counties, and residents in the Bay Area increase energy efficiency and save money. The BayREN program is a whole portfolio of services offered …

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SCAG’s RTP relies on a “Cloudy” Forecast

AWS, SCAG, and Connect SoCal meet in the Web Cloud.

About the Author:  Randy Iwasaki is the former director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and also served as the Director of the California Department of Transportation.  He currently works with Amazon Web Services, a CALCOG partner.   Delivering a regional transportation plan (RTP) with a sustainable communities strategy (SCS) is a big task.  That …

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RCTC “Co-Habitats” with Riverside Conservation Authority for Better Outcomes

Young burrowing owl looks surprised as its handled for inspection

Restoring the burrowing owl population is one of many conservation strategies at the Riverside Conservation Authority.

They are practically newlyweds. The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) and the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority (RCA) are thriving under a new partnership. When the respective boards approved a union last fall, RCTC became the new managing agency of the RCA.  Ring the wedding bells! The RCA was formed in 2004 to implement …

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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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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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