SCAG Holding Environmental Justice Workshops on August 18 and 31

Screenshot 2015-07-17 17.27.13The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) will be holding two workshops in late August to share progress on the Environmental Justice analysis being conducted as part of the 2016 update to the Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS). These will be a follow-up to the workshops conducted in April and focus groups conducted in July. The first one will be held in downtown LA on Tuesday, August 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with videoconferencing from several locations available, as well as a call-in option. The second one will be held in the Inland Empire in Ontario on Monday, August 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration is available here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Downtown LA with videoconferencing
SCAG Main Office
818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Monday, August 31, 2015, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Inland Empire – Ontario
Ovitt Family Community Library
215 East C Street
Ontario, CA 91764

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership, along with 32 other organizations, submitted a comment letter to SCAG on July 17, outlining our suggestions for improving the analysis. The full letter is available here. We are planning to meet with SCAG staff in early September to address our concerns and suggestions. Our recommendations include asking SCAG to commit to measuring active transportation usage and safety in the performance measures; map accessibility to schools, parks, jobs and other destinations; study the impact of gentrification and displacement on the region’s disadvantaged communities; and include more sub-regional analysis of health and environmental impacts.

SCAG has also released the analysis framework for the environmental justice analysis, which is available here. To see the previous environmental justice analysis from 2012, click here.

We encourage our partners to attend these workshops and voice your support for the suggestions in our comment letter and help us ensure a strong and meaningful environmental justice analysis as part of the the 2016 RTP/SCS!

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