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Forward Motion, February 2016

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2016 Mobility 21 Summit

Sponsorships for the 15th annual Southern California Transportation Summit open to the general public tomorrow, March 1st! Join us for California’s largest one-day transportation event on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.

2016 Summit sponsors will experience:

  • Access to public and private sector transportation decision-makers
  • Visibility at California’s largest one-day transportation Summit and Expo
  • Pre-event publicity to thousands of transportation sector professionals
  • Networking with business partners, clients, elected leaders and speakers
  • Value for your investment with highly competitive sponsorship rates

Click here to view the sponsorship packages. E-mail Kristin Slocum for more details or call 949.288.6884.


Mobility 21 to Host Second Annual
Sacramento Legislative Reception

Join the Mobility 21 Board of Directors and Advisory Board Members in honoring California’s transportation leaders at a reception in Sacramento. Click here to view the flyer with confirmed VIPs, including award winners Senator Kevin de Léon, Assemblymember Jim Frazier and Assemblymember Cheryl Brown.

Wednesday, March 9
5-7 p.m.
The Citizen Hotel
926 J Street, Sacramento

Click here to register

  • $65 Private Sector
  • $35 Public Sector/Nonprofit
  • Elected Officials and Elected Staff Complimentary

Click here to sponsor the event

  • $1,000: Includes complimentary attendance for three and logo on promotional materials and signage at the event
  • $500 (open to registered small businesses and nonprofits only): Includes complimentary attendance for one and company name on promotional materials and signage at the event


Mobility 21 to Co-host Reception Honoring
California Transportation Commission in Irvine

Please join CTF, Mobility 21, OCBC, OC Moves, OCTA and TCA on Wednesday, March 16 for a reception honoring the California Transportation Commission (CTC) featuring retiring Executive Director, Will Kempton.

Wednesday, March 16
5-7 p.m.
Andrei’s Restaurant
2607 Main Street, Irvine

Click here to register
Registration free, space is limited.

Click here to make an optional donation to CTF Fallen and Injured Worker Fund
Support California transportation workers injured or killed on the job with a tax deductible donation to the California Transportation Foundation’s Fallen and Injured Worker Fund. Click here for more information.

Click here to sponsor the event

  • $500: Includes logo on event marketing
  • $250 (small businesses and nonprofits only): Includes company name on event marketing

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Mobility 21 Advisory Board Member Spotlight:
Gary Gallegos
Executive Director, San Diego Association of Governments

Gary Gallegos is the Executive Director of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). He is a nationally recognized expert in transportation, land use, regional public policy making and bi-national planning and diplomacy.

SANDAG is the leading research, planning, and transportation agency for the San Diego region. The agency builds consensus, makes strategic plans, obtains and allocates resources, plans, engineers, and builds public transportation, and provides information on a broad range of topics pertinent to the region’s quality of life. Agency policymakers are elected officials from each of the area’s 18 cities and the county.

Gary leads a staff of about 350 professionals who develop public policy initiatives for elected officials on numerous issues encompassing population growth, transportation, environmental management, economic development, municipal finance, binational coordination and public safety.

Gary’s recent accomplishments at SANDAG include overseeing the completion of the Interstate 15 Express Lanes, a $1.3 billion expressway within a freeway, and spearheading the acquisition of the State Route 125 toll road, commonly known as the South Bay Expressway, for $341.5 million.

In January of 2003, Gary ushered SANDAG into a new, expanded role. State Senate Bill 1703 consolidated the responsibilities of SANDAG with many of the functions of the Metropolitan Transit Development Board and the North County Transit Development Board, allowing SANDAG to assume regional transit planning, funding allocation, project development, and eventually construction.

In 2004, Gary led the charge to extend TransNet, a regional half-cent sales tax for transportation; 67 percent of county voters approved the extension. Administered by SANDAG, the original 20-year TransNet program generated $3.3 billion to fund highway, transit, and local road projects. The 40-year TransNet extension will raise another $14 billion for similar improvements. Gary also led the effort to create the TransNet Early Action Program, which focuses on jump-starting construction of the top priority transportation projects and programs identified in the Regional Transportation Plan.

Most recently, Gary has worked with partner agencies toward securing the federal and state approvals necessary to create a third international border crossing in San Diego County – Otay Mesa East – and a short connecting highway. SANDAG will administer a toll that will generate funds to pay for the facility.

In addition, Gary is the Chief Executive Officer of the SANDAG Service Bureau, the nonprofit public benefit corporation chartered by SANDAG.

Prior to joining SANDAG in 2001, Garyheld the position of District Director for Caltrans District 11, covering San Diego and Imperial Counties. Mr. Gallegos holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico. He is a registered civil engineer.


Ventura County Transportation Commission Executive Director Darren Kettle addresses a sold out crowd about a potential ballot measure in Ventura County for transportation improvements.

Ventura County Event Highlights Need for Transportation Sales Tax Measure

More than 100 people came together in Camarillo last Friday to hear from legislators, transportation officials and business leaders on the critical need for a sales tax measure for transportation improvements in Ventura County. The event, hosted by the Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties, revealed that a half-cent sales tax for transportation in the county would generate $70 million a year and $2.1 billion over the next 30 years. For the average Ventura County resident, that breaks down to $1 per week. Click here to view photos on our Facebook page and click here to read the news coverage.


Metro CEO Phil Washington speaking to a crowd of 400 people at an industry forum.

Nearly 400 Attend Metro’s Industry Forum to Partner
In Creating Breakthrough Ideas for Mobility Challenges

On Feb. 11, nearly 400 business and industry leaders joined the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) for Transformation through Transportation (T3), a groundbreaking industry forum at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Los Angeles.

During the half-day event, state and local elected officials and Metro executives outlined existing projects and programs and invited industry to contribute ideas for battling traffic in L.A. County. Business and industry leaders from around the world responded. Countries represented included China, Canada and many parts of the United States, as the T3 Forum debuted a new style of Unsolicited Proposal Policy – one that invites the private sector to approach Metro with ideas for projects, rather than the reverse.

It works like this: starting at the forum, the private sector can submit written proposals directly to Metro. These will be written without Metro’s supervision, endorsement, direction or direct involvement. These conceptual proposals will quickly be reviewed by Metro. If they are found to meet important criteria – such as being innovative, pragmatic, fiscally responsible and useful – the proposers may be asked to submit a more detailed proposal for review.

Throughout the day, attendees heard Metro’s vision for innovation, the current status of projects and programs, plus challenges, risks and opportunities. A networking reception concluded the day’s activities and provided prospective proposers with a chance to talk with Metro staff and ask follow-up questions.

“As a major supporter of transportation and mobility solutions for California, today I was pleased to witness a major transit agency opening its doors to private industry and inviting them to help the transportation industry look at problems in new ways,” said California Assemblymember Jim Frazier, who is chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee. “Today’s T3 Industry Forum will undoubtedly be the catalyst for new solutions to help us ease traffic in California and beyond.”

The goal is to create new partnerships between Metro and the private sector so that Metro can continue to create a balanced transportation system that includes all modes, from walking and bicycling to buses and trains, road and highway improvements to goods movement through our ports.

“Los Angeles is always on the move, but too often that move is bumper to bumper. We do not have to settle for that in the creative capital of the world,” said L.A. Mayor and Metro Board Second Vice Chair Eric Garcetti. “Easing congestion must be our top transportation priority, and the Unsolicited Proposal Policy allows Metro to deepen collaborative efforts, and find innovative solutions by tapping into ingenuity that is already in our backyard.”

Also discussed were Metro’s plans for current and future transportation delivery and ways to partner with the private sector to introduce pilot programs, leverage local and state funds, optimize services and enhance the overall customer experience in an effort to increase transit ridership and ease congestion.

“We are opening our ears and minds to the private sector to listen to their ideas for tackling complex transportation problems in Los Angeles County in an efficient, cost-effective and innovative manner,” said Metro Chief Innovation Officer Joshua Schank.

Those attending the forum were individuals from around the world who represented various business sectors that included finance, investment, engineering, construction, technology and security. Metro’s Office of Innovation was also introduced as an office designed to be an incubator and implementer of innovative ideas – ideas that can help Metro achieve better mobility, convenience and more transportation options.

“No project is too great or small,” said Metro CEO Phil Washington. “Even a seemingly minor computer app could be a key to helping our customers in their daily commutes. If so, we want to hear about it.”


Local and Veteran Hiring Preference Pilot Program

On Friday, March 11, the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) will celebrate the commencement of construction of the Interstate 10 / Pepper Avenue Interchange. This $10 million enhancement to a critical access point to medical facilities, local businesses, and residential neighborhoods represents one more improvement along the heaviest used corridor in the county. One of the more notable features of this project, however, is the introduction of a pilot program from the Federal Highway Administration that allows for a geographic labor hiring preference and veterans hiring preference. SANBAG requested the opportunity and it represents one of the first-of-its-kind to be granted.

For more information about the upcoming groundbreaking event or details regarding the pilot program, email SANBAG at info@sanbag.ca.gov.

The primary objective of this incentive plan is to provide opportunities for San Bernardino County residents and actively serving or honorably discharged military personnel to enter into construction trade careers. The program also provides an incentive to the contractor. The local hire and veteran incentive program applies only to workers covered by the prevailing wage requirement and whose work hours are documented in the Certified Payroll Reports. The contractor shall be reimbursed a $5.00/hour incentive for each hour of work performed by qualified local and/or veteran employees on the project in excess of 20% of total Prevailing Wage hours, not to exceed the amount of $50,000.00 in totality for the project. Local and veteran hiring preferences have long been desired by area elected officials and community leaders. The outcomes of this program may contribute to a change in direction on future federally funded projects in San Bernardino County.


Transportation Events in the Community

Thursday, March 17
ACEC Riverside-San Bernardino Chapter: Luncheon Featuring Caltrans District 8 Director John Bulinksi
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Monday, March 21
WTS-SD: Breakfast Program – Downtown to Balboa Park Skyway with Ron Roberts
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Thursday, March 24
IEEP: State of the Region
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April 4-5
Los Angeles Sustainability Coalition: 2016 LASC Next Generation Workshop, Tour + Reception
More info | Register

Thursday, April 7
WTS-SD: Student Scholarship Bowling Fundraiser
Sponsor

April 14-16
Canstruction LA 2016
More Info

Thursday, April 21
CMAA SoCal: Annual Awards Gala
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Thursday, April 28
IEEP, LA Chamber and Drucker School: Logistics Summit
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Thursday, May 19
CMAA So Cal: Alternative Project Delivery Systems
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Friday, May 20
ACEC Riverside-San Bernardino: Golf Tournament
More info

Wednesday, May 25
CTF: 27th Annual Transportation Awards
More info | Register | Nominate

Thursday, June 16
SANBAG: General Assembly
More info | Sponsor

Thursday, June 23
FuturePorts: Strong Ports=Strong California Conference
More info | Register

Thursday, July 28
California Construction Expo 2016
More info | Register

Friday,Sept. 16
ACEC-OC: 2016 Scholarship Golf Tournament
Sponsor

Friday, Oct. 21
2016 Mobility 21 Summit, Disneyland Hotel
More info | Sponsor

Dec. 4-6
Self-Help Counties Coalition: Focus on the Future, Hollywood
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