Feds. Coming to Town to Talk SCAG, Regional Planning

Four years have passed since the last time the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration conducted a certification review and evaluation of the region’s transportation planning process carried out by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and its partners, and that means it’s time for the process to begin again.

Don't let these guys dominate our regional planning discussions.
Don’t let these guys dominate our regional planning discussions.

A fairly full explanation of this process and its significance was prepared by me the last time this little exercise was undertaken. The process includes a public listening session which will be held February 5, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at SCAG’s offices, 818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor. Video conferencing will be available at SCAG’s Regional Offices for adjacent counties

The listening session is in Downtown Los Angeles across from the 7th/Metro station for the Blue/Expo and Red/Purple lines. Comments can also be submitted in writing or via e-mail. Details are posted on the SCAG website.

In 2009’s session the main attendees at the hearing were disgruntled residents of Sierra Madre who attended at the urging on an online blog known as the Tattler. Here is a recent example of its continual inveighing against SCAG.

While, I am no SCAG apologist, it doesn’t seem the Tattler is concerned about urban planning.

From the start I was vocal about the idiotic SCAGLEV proposal it promoted for far too long (I faint at the thought of the sums wasted on studies before this DOA idea at last quietly expired a few years ago — S*I*G*H). I spent two Regional Transportation Plan cycles on what then was known as the Plans & Programs Technical Advisory Committee which has since morphed into something called the Technical Working Group.

They never disinvited me from the Committee, I just somehow wasn’t included in the e-mail list for the meetings when it was reformed upon the next Plan cycle commencing. In fact most of us Committee members (including academics, non-profits) who were not staff from various agencies EXCEPT AAA were left out at that juncture.

Maybe we asked too many pointed questions?

Like the time with a straight face they presented a proposal for electrifying all the rail lines in the region to reduce pollution and under my prodding admitted they hadn’t even talked to the freight railroads yet to see if they were agreeable to it.

Frankly two cycles of this sort of stuff was enough for me and I didn’t make a fuss over being quietly excluded. You can imagine why I had deja-vu when I recently learned of the squinty way adding a bicycle and pedestrian expert to Metro’s Technical Advisory Committee was handled. Ay Yi Yi!


SCAG Federal Certification Review Public Listening Session

The creation of regional planning bodies (which carry the official designation of Metropolitan Planning Organizations) to implement federal mandates tied to funding transportation projects began in the 1960s. http://www.ampo.org/content/index.php?pid=15 Formed on October 28, 1965, the Southern California Association of Governments covers the six counties of Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange and Imperial. Since its […]

As SCAG Talks Environmental Justice, Tea Party Group Hones in on E.D.

Regional planning documents and hearings are hardly exciting to write about. Interminably long public meetings, wonky terms, never-ending studies. It’s one reason that Streetsblog hardly covers the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), even though the regional plan it puts out is incredibly important in determining which projects receive federal funds and which ones don’t. […]

L.A. and San Bernardino Inter-County Transit/Rail Planning Meetings Kick Off

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is seeking to develop a comprehensive overview of potential transportation and rail improvement options in the corridor bridging L.A. Counties and San Bernardino counties. Los Angeles and San Bernardino inter-county cooperation could expand transit access to cities near the county border. A number of significant inter-county transportation projects are […]

This Week In Livable Streets

Vision Zero, South L.A. Power Fest, Ride-On bike tune-ups, Active Transportation, Santa Monica bicycling, SCAG plans, and much more all this week. Monday 8/24 – Today, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launches the city’s Vision Zero initiative at 12:30 pm at the intersection of Cesar Chavez and St. Louis in Boyle Heights. Details at L.A. Walks. […]