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Rick Bishop, WRCOG Executive Director

The Vague Advantage of COGs

Rick Bishop, Executive Director, WRCOG - Jul 29, 2018

WRCOG executie director explains that Councils of Governments (COGs) are flexible (vague) institutions well-positioned to provide cost-effective regional approaches to issues affecting individual localities.

9 Takeaways from the First Joint Meeting of the CTC & ARB

Bill Higgins - Jul 02, 2018

On June 27, the California Transportation Commission and the Air Resources Board met for its first joint meeting, which is now required twice a year.  Here, we share 9 observations about this new relationship

Tour de Mr. Bean

May is Bike Month Playlist

Bill Higgins - May 10, 2018

In honor of May as Bike Month, we give you 32 songs, in no particular order, about the "acoustic motorcycle" that are guaranteed to motivate you to get out and ride! 

Susan Shaheen Speaks

1000 Words: Susan Shaheen on Shared Mobility Equity

Approved by Dr. Susan Shaheen, Edited by CALCOG - Apr 05, 2018

In our first 1000 Word installment, Susan Shaheen shares a framework for identifying and addressing transportation equity in the emerging world of rideshare. 

8 Things We Like About RCTC Support of SB 1

8 Takeaways from RCTC's Support of SB1

Bill Higgins - Feb 15, 2018

We draw 8 lessons from RCTC's statement of reasons for the support of Proposition 69 (to protect new transportation revenues from Legislative diversion ) and oppose the effort to repeal the authorization of those new revenues adopted last year under SB 1. 

APS v. SCS

APS v SCS in the World of SB 375

Bill Higgins - Feb 07, 2018

The Alternative Planning Strategy plays an important role under SB 375 and SB 32. This article explains why the "APS" was designed to be on equal terms with an Sustainable Communities Strategy for reasons of accessing incentives related to achieving the state's climate goals.  

California Dreamin Playlist

California Dreamin' Playlist: 20 Songs

Bill Higgins - Feb 02, 2018

Here we offer a 20 song playlist that explores the California Dream. Did we get it right?  To make this list, the song must have had a notable role or perspective that helped shape the California ideal.

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.