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November 14, 2013
Valley Municipal Building
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14410 Sylvan Street
Van Nuys, CA 91401


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Valley Representatives Unite
to Unveil Transit Priorities
Metro Board Votes to Support Unprecedented Plans

Motion by Directors Antonovich, Yaroslavsky, Najarian, and Wilson


At its March 14 th meeting, the SFVCOG Board unanimously adopted an initial set of multimodal transportation priorities and projects. These priorities and projectsare as follows: >> Go to Story >>

Valley Council of Governments Picks up Steam with Capacity Crowd of Transportation Leaders

Public Private Partnerships Lauded as the "Wave of the Future"


L.A. City Council Member Tom LaBonge moderates a panel of dignataries--left to right: Tom LaBonge, Noel Massie, President UPS, Mark Pisano, USC, Sol Price School of Public Policy, Doug Failing, Metro Executive DIrector Highway Projects, Ara Najarian, San Fernando Valley Council of Governments Chairman and Glendale City Council Member, and Michael Shires, Pepperdine School of Public Policy.



A-List Transit Team Valley Mobility Summit

A-LIST TRANSIT TEAM - Bart Reed, Transit Coalition, Don Sepulveda, Metro's Rail Executive, Jaime de la Vega, LADOT General Manager, Moderator Tom LaBonge, Los Angeles City Councilman, Fourth District, Greg McWilliams, President/CEO Newhall Land, and Doug Failing Metro's Highway Chief.

On a normally quiet Monday morning in Valencia, leaders from all over Los Angeles County assembled in record numbers to plan the future of transportation for the region. Looking to the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys—and beyond—participants took a realistic view of high-speed rail to San Francisco, and to Las Vegas, as well as other important rail corridors and improvements, such as Coast Rail to the Bay Area, the LOSSAN corridor from San Diego to San Luis Obispo, and the development of tourist related routes and opportunities.

In addition to an extremely ambitious session on rail, the event covered sustainability, goods movement, freight, logistics, highways, freeways, the ports, global competition and transit-oriented developments such as the innovative Bob Hope Airport Regional Intermodal Transit Center in Burbank.

Also presented at the conference was the beginning of a "Valley Mobility Matrix," which is "intended to serve as a conceptual roadmap for future transportation improvements in the Los Angeles County area, north of the Santa Monica Mountains" according to COG Executive Director Robert Scott. "This agency, and the participants at the conference are providing a voice for a region that has not always had a place at the table in the past."

Over three hundred participants packed the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency in Valencia, and "amazingly, most stayed on past the 2:30 pm conclusion—with impromptu extension of the session on Transit Oriented Development and Public-Private Partnerships" according to Ara Najarian, Chairman of the COG. "It was amazing—they just wanted to keep on going."

COG Vice Chairman, LA Councilman Dennis Zine was a co-sponsor and presenter, touting public-private partnerships as the "wave of the future" in this era of constrained government spending. "We have to think of new ways to provide needed infrastructure and transportation—and one of the best is working in partnership with the private sector" says Zine.

The San Fernando Valley Council of Governments is a joint powers authority established two years ago, with the intent of bringing its members: the cities of Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Los Angeles—and the County of Los Angeles together in one forum to develop strategies for regional challenges such as transportation.

Valley Philanthropy Summit - Hiding in Plain Sight

8 Minute Video


San Fernando Valley Council of Governments
Transportation Task Force Meeting Jan 30 2012
Presentation by Don Sepulveda, Metro, Regional Rail Executive Officer
Presentation by Ryan Kuo the Draft SCAG Regional Transportation Plan

Regional Leadership

Founding Board of Directors 101-405 Interchange

The infamous 101/405 interchange –the busiest highway interchange in the nation carrying over 457,000 vehicles daily.

Patrons & Sponsors
Mobility 1955 - Roots of Today's Metro System - By General Motors
A charming, entertaining and revealing look at transportation policy and outreach

Board of Directors

Chair:  Council Member
Ara Najarian
City of Glendale
Councilmember Dennis Zine
3rd Council District
City of Los Angeles
Mike Antonovich
5th Supervisorial District
County of Los Angeles
Zev Yaroslavsky
3rd Supervisorial District
County of Los Angeles
Council Member
Jesse H. Avila
City of San Fernando
Council Member
Marsha McLean
City of Santa Clarita
Council Member
Jess Talamantes
City of Burbank
Councilmember Richard Alarcón
7th Council District
City of Los Angeles
Special Election Pending
6th Council District
City of Los Angeles
Councilmember Paul Koretz
5th Council District
City of Los Angeles
Councilmember Paul Krekorian
2nd Council District
City of Los Angeles
Councilmember Tom LaBonge
4th Council District
City of Los Angeles
Councilmember Mitchell Englander
12th Council District
City of Los Angeles

Treasurer:  Mark J. Saladino Treasurer
County of Los Angeles
Secretary:  Robert L. Scott
Robert L. Scott
Executive Director
San Fernando Valley
Council of Governments
Legal Counsel
Jill Jones
Deputy County Counsel
County of Los Angeles
Legal Co-Counsel
Arletta Maria Brimsey
Deputy City Attorney
Ci ty of Los Angeles

The San Fernando Valley Council of Governments came into being with the adoption of the Joint Powers Agreement by the City and County of Los Angeles along with the cities of Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando and Santa Clarita. The Joint Powers Agreement establishes a Joint Powers Authority pursuant to Section 6500 et seq. of the California Government Code.

Historically, these cities have worked through The Valley Economic Alliance and its Mulholland Institute as informal strategic partners, involving elected officials, city managers and other staff. The members share common interests with cities in north Los Angeles County, including the City of Santa Clarita, and collectively have played a valuable role in serving as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information.

The main purpose of the Council of Governments is to develop and implement subregional policies and plans that are unique to the greater San Fernando Valley region, and to voluntarily and cooperatively resolve differences among themselves. The members have determined that the public interest requires the establishment of an agency to jointly conduct studies and projects designed to coordinate and improve the common governmental responsibilities and services on a Valley-wide and subregional basis. The COG is exploring areas of inter-governmental cooperation and coordination of government programs, and providing recommendations and solutions to problems of common and general concern to its Members.

Powers of the Council of Governments

  1. Serve as an advocate in representing its members at the regional, state and federal levels on issues of importance to the greater San Fernando Valley region;
  2. Serve as a forum for the review, consideration, study, development and recommendation of public policies and plans with local and regional significance;
  3. Assemble information helpful in the consideration of problems of interest to the members;
  4. Utilize member resources or other public or public/private groups to carry out its programs and projects;
  5. Explore practical avenues for voluntary intergovernmental cooperation, coordination and action in the interest of the local public welfare and improving the administration of governmental services;
  6. Assist in coordinating subregional planning efforts and in resolving conflicts among the members as they work toward achieving planning goals;
  7. Build a consensus among the members to address regional and subregional issues, strategies, policies and programs;
  8. Facilitate and coordinate activities for obtaining state, federal and regional grants in support of projects; and as a mechanism to assist in financing the expenditures and activities of the COG;
  9. Contracting for the services of public/private organizations, managers, researchers, planners, engineers, attorneys and other consultants;
  10. Apply for, receive and administer grants, gifts, contributions and donations of property, funds, services and other forms of financial assistance from persons, firms, corporations and any federal, state or local governmental entity;
  11. Acquire, construct, lease, manage, maintain, own and operate any buildings, works or improvements, including incurring obligations and issuing bonds;
  12. The COG has the powers and restrictions of the City of Los Angeles;
  13. The COG does not possess the authority to compel any of its members to conduct any activities or implement any plans or strategies that they do not wish to undertake;
  14. The goal and intent of the COG is one of voluntary cooperation among the Members for the collective benefit of the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County.

Representatives to the board: Members of the Los Angeles City Council from each of seven council district representing the San Fernando Valley; County of Los Angeles: one from each valley supervisorial district; Member cities: one from each city council: Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando and Santa Clarita. Alternate representatives: Members of the legislative body or full-time staff members pursuant to the member’s own procedures. Regular meetings of the Board are held bi-monthly. Contact Information: Executive Director San Fernando Valley Council of Governments 5121 Van Nuys Blvd. Suite 200 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 © Copyright 2013 San Fernando Valley Council of Governments