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Regions in California: 9 Takeaways

Regional Governance: 9 Takeaways

Bill Higgins - Nov 10, 2017

Many people associate regional governments with transportation planning and SB 375.  But they are so much more.  Skipping the history of regional governments, we cut to the chase with nine takeaways.

Gird Your Regional Loins: Chart a New Path

William Dodge - Nov 01, 2017

Former NARC executive director discusses the potential of "regional charters" as a means of improving the governance to address the critical problems many communities face.  

Fred Strong receives award

Strong, Chiesa Earn National Recognition

Bill Higgins - Jun 23, 2017

The National Association of Regional Councils recognized City of Paso Robles Council Member Fred Strong and Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa for their excellence in regional leadership. 

San Diego Forward Regional Plan Logo

Three California MPOs Earn Top Planning Honors

Bill Higgins - Jun 16, 2017

SANDAG, SCAG, and MTC receive national awards for planning excellence awards.   

SCAG General Assembly Forges Regional Unity

Bill Higgins - May 08, 2017
Nobody does a General Assembly like SCAG--but the takeaway this year is that cities and counties should be asking more from their regional governments.

 

Debbie Hale

TAMC Exec Does the Right Thing for SB 1

Bill Higgins - Apr 12, 2017

Writing to the local paper, TAMC Exec Debbie Hale does the right thing by publicly thanking her state Legislators for their histroric vote on SB 1.  

Tractor clears snow from narrow road in forest near Lake Tahoe

TRPA Protocols Help Preserve Lake Clarity

Bill Higgins - Mar 02, 2017

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is using innovative solutions restore Lake Tahoe's historic water clarity.

Oleander on Highway 99

Lost Oleander: Hwy. 99 Success Metric?

Bill Higgins - Jan 06, 2017

Where is all the Oleander?  Part of the answer is Proposition 1B that set aside $1 billion for Highway 99.  Overall, the program "over delivered" by completing 17 projects instead of 13.  That is more projects in less time and under budget.  That is a good story.

Vote Limit 55?

55% Threshold for Transportation Measures

Bill Higgins - Jan 06, 2017

In 2016, fourteen local transportation "special" sales tax measures went on county ballots that required a two-thirds majority to pass.  Thirteen of them received a super-majority approval rate of 55%.  But only six passed.