At its March 14 th meeting, the SFVCOG Board unanimously adopted an initial set of multimodal transportation priorities and projects. These priorities and projectsare as follows: >> Go to Story >>
L.A. City Council Member Tom LaBonge moderates a panel of dignataries--left to right: Tom LaBonge, Noel Massie, President UPS, Mark Pisano, USC, Sol Price School of Public Policy, Doug Failing, Metro Executive DIrector Highway Projects, Ara Najarian, San Fernando Valley Council of Governments Chairman and Glendale City Council Member, and Michael Shires, Pepperdine School of Public Policy.
VALLEY MOBILITY SUMMIT 2012 - SHORT SUBJECT
A-LIST TRANSIT TEAM - Bart Reed, Transit Coalition, Don Sepulveda, Metro's Rail Executive, Jaime de la Vega, LADOT General Manager, Moderator Tom LaBonge, Los Angeles City Councilman, Fourth District, Greg McWilliams, President/CEO Newhall Land, and Doug Failing Metro's Highway Chief.
On a normally quiet Monday morning in Valencia, leaders from all over Los Angeles County assembled in record numbers to plan the future of transportation for the region. Looking to the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys—and beyond—participants took a realistic view of high-speed rail to San Francisco, and to Las Vegas, as well as other important rail corridors and improvements, such as Coast Rail to the Bay Area, the LOSSAN corridor from San Diego to San Luis Obispo, and the development of tourist related routes and opportunities.
In addition to an extremely ambitious session on rail, the event covered sustainability, goods movement, freight, logistics, highways, freeways, the ports, global competition and transit-oriented developments such as the innovative Bob Hope Airport Regional Intermodal Transit Center in Burbank.
Also presented at the conference was the beginning of a "Valley Mobility Matrix," which is "intended to serve as a conceptual roadmap for future transportation improvements in the Los Angeles County area, north of the Santa Monica Mountains" according to COG Executive Director Robert Scott. "This agency, and the participants at the conference are providing a voice for a region that has not always had a place at the table in the past."
Over three hundred participants packed the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency in Valencia, and "amazingly, most stayed on past the 2:30 pm conclusion—with impromptu extension of the session on Transit Oriented Development and Public-Private Partnerships" according to Ara Najarian, Chairman of the COG. "It was amazing—they just wanted to keep on going."
COG Vice Chairman, LA Councilman Dennis Zine was a co-sponsor and presenter, touting public-private partnerships as the "wave of the future" in this era of constrained government spending. "We have to think of new ways to provide needed infrastructure and transportation—and one of the best is working in partnership with the private sector" says Zine.
The San Fernando Valley Council of Governments is a joint powers authority established two years ago, with the intent of bringing its members: the cities of Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Los Angeles—and the County of Los Angeles together in one forum to develop strategies for regional challenges such as transportation.
The infamous 101/405 interchange –the busiest highway interchange in the nation carrying over 457,000 vehicles daily.
The San Fernando Valley Council of Governments came into being with the adoption of the Joint Powers Agreement by the City and County of Los Angeles along with the cities of Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando and Santa Clarita. The Joint Powers Agreement establishes a Joint Powers Authority pursuant to Section 6500 et seq. of the California Government Code.
Historically, these cities have worked through The Valley Economic Alliance and its Mulholland Institute as informal strategic partners, involving elected officials, city managers and other staff. The members share common interests with cities in north Los Angeles County, including the City of Santa Clarita, and collectively have played a valuable role in serving as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information.
The main purpose of the Council of Governments is to develop and implement subregional policies and plans that are unique to the greater San Fernando Valley region, and to voluntarily and cooperatively resolve differences among themselves. The members have determined that the public interest requires the establishment of an agency to jointly conduct studies and projects designed to coordinate and improve the common governmental responsibilities and services on a Valley-wide and subregional basis. The COG is exploring areas of inter-governmental cooperation and coordination of government programs, and providing recommendations and solutions to problems of common and general concern to its Members.
Representatives to the board: Members of the Los Angeles City Council from each of seven council district representing the San Fernando Valley; County of Los Angeles: one from each valley supervisorial district; Member cities: one from each city council: Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando and Santa Clarita. Alternate representatives: Members of the legislative body or full-time staff members pursuant to the member’s own procedures. Regular meetings of the Board are held bi-monthly. Contact Information: Executive Director San Fernando Valley Council of Governments firstname.lastname@example.org 5121 Van Nuys Blvd. Suite 200 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 © Copyright 2013 San Fernando Valley Council of Governments