The One About SCAG

March 5, 2019

With 6 counties, almost 200 cities, and 19 million residents, the Southern California Association of Governments, also known as SCAG, is the largest Metropolitan Planning Organization in the nation. Acting as a catalyst for Southern California, SCAG seeks to foster innovative regional solutions that improve the quality of life for the growing population that call this area home. Through collaboration, planning, regional advocacy, and the promotion of best practices, SCAG addresses key issues that Southern Californians face everyday.

On this episode of the COGCast, we learn more about SCAG with Darin Chidsey, Interim Executive Director at SCAG.

The One About Western Riverside Energy Partnership

February 19, 2019
The Western Riverside Energy Partnership, also known as WREP, is a partnership between Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, WRCOG, and 15 member jurisdictions. This partnership assists WRCOG members identify and implement energy efficient projects to increase utility bill savings, while also equipping the community to carry out sustainable best practices in their homes and businesses.
 
On this episode of the COGCast, we learn about WREP and the impacts it has on the local community with Anthony Segura, Staff Analyst at WRCOG.

The One About IEEP

January 29, 2019

The Inland Empire is comprised of both San Bernardino and Riverside counties. While many people consider the Inland Empire part of the Greater Los Angeles area, the reality is that it has its own set of challenges and opportunities unique to the area. The Inland Empire Economic Partnership, also known as IEEP, works to improve the economic climate of the Inland Empire to enhance the quality of life for both the residents and businesses that live, work, and play in our fast growing region.

On this episode of the COGCast, we learn more about the IEEP alongside Paul Granillo, President and CEO of the IEEP.

The One About Young Professionals

January 4, 2019

The Western Riverside County is home to approximately 200,000 college students served by both private and public colleges and universities. Once degreed, however, many students leave the region to find work elsewhere. To address this issue, local jurisdictions are participating in a new program working to develop this young talent to become competent and confident professionals who will stay in the subregion and perhaps find a career in local government. On this episode of the COGCast, we explore a unique endeavor, the WRCOG Fellowship Program.

The One About Rats

December 14, 2018

As Western Riverside continues to grow, conservation of the areas natural resources is important in order to maintain urban and wildlife balance in our communities.  Healthy ecosystems depend on plant and animal species as their foundation. More specifically, wildlife conservation plays an important role in balancing the ecosystem. When a species becomes endangered, it is a sign that the ecosystem is failing. 

On this episode of the COGCast, we explore The Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency (RCHCA), the agency responsible for maintaining and restoring habitat for the endangered Stephen's Kangaroo Rat alongside Princess Hester, Director of Administration for the RCHCA.

The One About Western Community Energy

December 7, 2018

The Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) has been working with local governments to develop a new program, Western Community Energy, which will provide residents and businesses a choice in the energy supply it receives, enable local control over rate setting, and offer rates competitive to Southern California Edison. These Programs, commonly called “Community Choice Aggregation” – or CCA’s -are growing in popularity throughout California. 

On this episode of the COGCast, we will explore CCA’s in more detail and are pleased to welcome Barbara Spoonhour, Deputy Executive Director of Operations for WRCOG, to the COGcast.

The One About Streetlights

November 30, 2018
There are tens of thousands of streetlights in our communities that we truly only notice when the light is out or when a pole is knocked over by a vehicle. We take them for granted, expect them to work, and don’t think much otherwise about them.  
 
But who owns the streetlights? What are the maintenance costs? How much energy do they consume? Could streetlights be an opportunity for economic development?
 
On this episode of the COGCast, we explore WRCOG's innovative Regional Streetlights program, which is projected to save more than $60 million over a 20-year period. Our featured guest on this episode of the COGCast is the architect of the Program, Tyler Masters, Program Manager at WRCOG.

The One About TUMF

November 21, 2018

Traffic congestion is usually cited as one of the most important issues affecting the daily quality life for our residents and businesses in Inland Southern California. As Western Riverside continues to be among the fastest growing regions in the nation how will more growth affect traffic, and what can be done about it?

On this episode of the COGCast, we explore one of WRCOG's most influential and successful programs the Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee (TUMF), with the WRCOG Director of Transportation and Planning, Chris Gray.