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 to that local meetings are properly noticed and transparent. To date, the emphasis of in-person meeting been an important means to assure transparency.  Some remote …

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Tribal Government Inclusion in SANDAG’s Planning & Delivery

Over the last 15 years, SANDAG has worked with regional tribal nations to incorporate their views and needs into SANDAG’s planning and project selection program. In doing so, they have developed one of the outreach and public engagement models in the state for tribal inclusion. It has also resulted in planning elements and project selection …

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Registration Opens for 2023 Regional Leadership Forum

state of change logo over downtown riverside

Registration is now open for the 2023 Regional Leadership Forum.  It will be our first face-to-face convening in three years. This year’s “State of Change” theme will explore the emerging trends in regional governance in California, including transportation planning, housing, climate change, resilience, and electrification.   The Forum is intended for elected officials and senior …

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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.