California Policy NewsFlash SB 375 State Policy Transportation Funding

SGC Planning Grant Workshop Schedule for Prop 84 Round 2 Program

Strategic Growth Council



Important reminders:

  • Applications must be must submitted online by 5:00 PM, Wednesday, February 15, 2012.
  • Applications must include a signed resolution from the Board or Council of the submitting entity.
  • Technical assistance is available for all potential applicants. For technical assistance, phone or e mail: (916)322-3439;

See the Solicitation, RFP, Guidelines with Instructions, and Errata at:

Specific workshop dates and locations are listed on page two of this notice.

To RSVP for Round 2 Technical Assistance workshops, contact Bruce Gwynne at the Department of Conservation Division of Land Resource Protection at:

(916) 322-3439 or via email to:


An important task of the Strategic Growth Council is to assist state and local entities in the planning of sustainable communities.  Find out more about the Strategic Growth Council at:

The Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and Incentive Program awards financial assistance to cities, counties, Regional Transportation Planning Agencies, Joint Powers Authorities, Councils of Governments, and Metropolitan Planning Organizations for the development, update, adoption, and/or implementation of planning instruments. Find out more about the Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and Incentive Program at:



Workshops will be conducted to provide technical assistance in preparing grant applications and vetting project proposals for eligibility and competiveness. Ongoing technical assistance is available by phone or e mail (see guidelines).


Rohnert Park – January 6, 2012 (Friday)

10:00 AM – 12:00 noon

Sonoma State University

1801 E. Cotati Avenue

Rohnert Park, CA  94928

Environmental Tech Center


SACRAMENTO – January 20, 2012 (Friday)

10:00 AM – 12:00 noon

Cal EPA Coastal Room (2nd Floor)

1001 “I” Street

Sacramento, CA 95814


Los Angeles – January 10, 2012 (Tuesday)

10:00 AM – 12:00 noon

SCAG-Southern California Association of Governments            818 West 7th Street, 12th

Los Angeles, CA 90017-3435


CLOVIS – January 18, 2012 (Wednesday)

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

City Council Chambers

1033 Fifth Street

Clovis, CA  93612


Additional hosted webcast locations for the January 10, 2012, Southern California Workshop (from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon), at five SCAG Regional Offices, and three local offices in the SCAG region.  Arrangements are being made for additional webcast facilities at San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) offices. Please check back for details on the San Diego location.



Imperial County Regional Office 

1405 N. Imperial Avenue, Suite 1

El Centro, CA 92243


Orange County Regional Office 

600 South Main Street, Suite 906

Orange, CA 92863


Riverside County Regional Office 

3403 10th Street, Suite 805

Riverside, CA 92501


San Bernardino County Regional Office 

1170 West 3rd Street, Suite 140

San Bernardino, CA 92410


Ventura County Regional Office 

950 County Square Drive, Suite 101

Ventura, CA 93003


Palm Desert – 

CVAG – Coachella Valley

73-710 Fred Waring Dr.

Palm Desert, CA 92260


San Bernardino County – Hesperia 

Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center

5900 Smoke Tree St., 1st Floor

Training Room B

Hesperia, CA 92345


Palmdale – City Hall 

38250 Sierra Highway

Palmdale, CA 93550


San Diego – (pending confirmation) 


401 B Street, Suite 800

San Diego, CA 92101



NewsFlash US DOT

State of Nevada Certifies Policy in Motion as Disadvantaged Business Enterprise! Small Business Re-Certification with City of Sacramento; UDBE in California

National Association of Professional Women

The National Association of Profession Women is the most rapidly growing and recognized association for professional women in the United States. Lauren Michele was nominated and selected to join this organization in September 2010.

Policy in Motion is certified with the City of Sacramento as an Emerging Small Business Enterprise (ESBE). The firm’s Small Business Certification is linked here and can be found on the Vendor Database – City Certification Number 32334. The City of Sacramento states that the “small business certification provides bid preference and other incentives.”

Policy in Motion is certified as an Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) in the States of California and Nevada. The firm’s California UDBE Certification is linked here— and can be found in the DBE Database under Firm Identification Number 39354.  The firm’s Nevada DBE Certification can be found in the Vendors List under Vendor Number NV01335UCPN.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s DBE program provides a vehicle for increasing the participation by minority business enterprises in state and local procurement. Federal DBE regulations require state and local transportation agencies that receive DOT financial assistance, to establish goals for the participation of DBEs. Each DOT-assisted State and local transportation agency is required to establish annual DBE goals, and review the scopes of anticipated large prime contracts throughout the year and establish contract-specific DBE subcontracting goals. A percentage goal for DBE participation may be required on specific contracts, which is clearly stipulated at the time a contract is publicly advertised.

Please contact Lauren Michele if you are interested in contracting with Policy in Motion as an ESBE or UDBE


California Policy Complete Streets GHG Reduction Metropolitan Planning SB 375 State Policy

San Diego and SB 375: Lessons from California’s First Sustainable Communities Strategy

On October 28th 2011, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) approved the first sustainable communities strategy (SCS) under Senate Bill 375.  A new report (pdf), San Diego and SB 375: Lessons from California’s First Sustainable Communities Strategy, co-authored by Eliot Rose, Autumn Bernstein, and Stuart Cohen raises several key issues for consideration in regional planning and current limitations of transportation funding structures.

SB 375 in itself is not a silver bullet for the creation of sustainable communities across California; however, as Regional Transportation Plans (RTPs) are being updated with Sustainable Communities Strategies (SCSs), long standing issues with federal and state regulatory barriers and local implementation challenges will become increasingly apparent.  Policy in Motion would like to emphasize the need to question the definition of “SB 375 Success” in terms of how the process in itself is laying the foundation for the State’s next evolution of legislation and reforms to funding structures, environmental review, and land use/transportation planning.  As in any process, success is a moving and growing target toward a greater vision, and continual progress along that journey is a necessary component requiring evaluation – meaning that no matter what a plan outlines today there needs to be a mechanism in place to monitor the impacts from the land use and transportation strategies laid out those plans, and some form of consistency in monitoring outcomes to ensure performance measurement objectives are being evaluated. State leadership providing clear guidance, expectations, resources, and communication will be integral for MPO success in the SB 375 journey.

For more information on the greater vision and challenge in fostering “people-oriented development” and sustainable communities, check out Lauren Michele’s recent book on Policy in Motion: Transportation Planning in California after AB 32