40th anniversary of Southern California Association of Governments lauded

August 10, 2005
Santa Paula City Council

The Southern California Association of Governments goes by SCAG but its powers and responsibilities of the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization cannot be summed up in a few words.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesThe Southern California Association of Governments goes by SCAG but its powers and responsibilities of the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization cannot be summed up in a few words.The City Council lauded the 40th anniversary of SCAG at the Aug. 1 meeting with Mayor Mary Ann Krause detailing the goals, accomplishments of the regional organization concentrating on the state’s future.SCAG was formed in 1965 when “Local elected officials from 56 cities and five counties first convened to begin planning for Southern California’s future on a regional basis,” noted Krause.SCAG now represents six counties, Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura, an area that encompasses 187 cities.
The Regional Council includes city and county elected officials representing the “Diverse perspectives of the Southern California region,” through dedication to developing regional solutions to the many transportation, air quality, housing, land-use and other issues that challenge cities and the region.SCAG has developed and “Continues to develop, regional transportation plans intended to identify Southern California’s long-term transportation needs” while balancing it with air quality issues noted Krause.Effective local land-use and transportation decision-making have been targeted by SCAG developed strategies. SCAG serves as the regional agency responsible for implementing the state Regional Housing Needs Assessment program on behalf of Southern California in an effort to establish goals for future housing needs.SCAG played a “Critical role in conceptualizing what ultimately became the Alameda Corridor freight rail project,” one the nation’s largest public works projects and was also involved in the initial planning efforts for what ultimately became the Metrolink commuter rail system.“SCAG has remained dedicated to its mission statement of ‘Leadership, Vision and Progress, which promote economic growth, personal well being and livable communities for all Southern Californians,” said Krause.



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