SCAG Launches Connect SoCal; Will Host Series of Public Workshops in the Inland Empire in May and June

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) on Friday formally launched Connect SoCal, the agency’s 2020-2045 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy.

At its annual Regional Conference and General Assembly in Palm Desert, SCAG announced a series of public workshops beginning this month – including 12 in the Inland Empire – to engage residents and stakeholders in the planning and visioning process for the 25-year plan.

“Long-term planning is critical to shaping the future of Southern California – a region of 19 million people, and growing,” said Bill Jahn, a Big Bear Lake City Councilmember and President of SCAG. “Connect SoCal will be our most comprehensive region plan to date, but we need the public’s involvement. These workshops will provide insight into where our growth is occurring, and allow participants to provide input on how to keep the region moving in the right direction.”

The SCAG region is one of the fastest-growing population and economic centers in the United States, and is expected to add 4 million people over the next quarter-century.

“Connect SoCal will present a long-range vision that balances future mobility and housing needs with economic, environmental and public health goals,” said Kome Ajise, SCAG’s Executive Director.

Here are the workshops scheduled for the Inland Empire:

Riverside County

May 22, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Perris City Hall, 101 N. D St., Perris

May 22, 5-7 p.m., Murietta Public Library, 8 Town Square, Murietta

May 28, 1-3 p.m. Tribal Representatives Workshop, UCR Palm Desert Extension, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert

May 28, 5-7 p.m., UCR Palm Desert Extension, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert

May 29, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., UCR Palm Desert Extension, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert

June 11, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., SCAG Riverside Office, 3403 10th St. (8th Floor), Riverside

June 11, 5-7 p.m., Corona Public Library, 650 S. Main St., Corona

San Bernardino County

May 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., SCAG San Bernardino Office – Historic Santa Fe Depot, 1170 W. 3rd St., San Bernardino

May 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Ovitt Family Library (Community Room), 215 E. C St., Ontario

May 29, 5-7 p.m., Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst St., Joshua Tree

June 4, 3-5 p.m., Victorville City Hall (Training Room 1, 2), 14343 Civic Drive, Victorville

June 5, 9-11 a.m., Historic Santa Fe Depot (Tile Room), 1170 W. 3rd St., San Bernardino

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