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December 15, 2000 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT and JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two dramatically differing versions of Southern California's transportation future intersected Thursday, one as bleak as rush hour traffic, the other a dream in progress to link Northern and Southern California with high-speed rail. The sweeping plans envision projects as disparate as carving a new freeway through the shrinking Orange County wilderness and high-speed trains whisking commuters from San Francisco to San Diego as fast as 200 mph.
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March 7, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The apparent demise of a toll road through San Onofre State Beach could have a domino effect on funding for other Southern California transportation projects, a regional planning authority said this week. A letter sent to Orange County transportation planners by the Southern California Assn. of Governments warns that if the Foothill South tollway is not built, another project must be substituted in SCAG's Regional Transportation Plan.
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October 20, 1999 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A sweeping examination of the Southern California Assn. of Governments has turned up widespread financial, accounting and contracting problems in the multimillion-dollar agency responsible for the planning in a vast six-county region of 16 million residents. A separate Times investigation of the circumstances that prompted the agency's Regional Council to quietly commission the study has found numerous instances in which contracts were awarded without competitive bidding.
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January 4, 2008 | Anna Gorman
The Southern California Assn. of Governments on Thursday named its former planning director, Hasan Ikhrata, as its new executive director. The organization conducted a nationwide search before deciding on Ikhrata, who succeeds Mark Pisano. The association is a regional planning organization for six Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura.
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July 25, 2007 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
Irvine is being required to accommodate within seven years the second-largest number of new homes by a Southland city, trailing only Los Angeles, according to a housing plan approved this month. Irvine must plan for 35,660 homes by 2014, according to the Southern California Assn. of Governments. Some would be designated for low-income families. But Irvine officials say they don't have enough land to meet those goals.
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May 2, 2002 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Southern California Assn. of Governments, the regional planning agency for a vast, six-county area with 17 million residents, has been designated a "high-risk" recipient of state and federal funds after government auditors found a history of financial and other internal problems.
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March 28, 2000 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County put a halt to giving extra ride-share money to the Southern California Assn. of Governments until the regional planning agency documents that it is financially stable. Six Southern California counties pay SCAG to promote ride-sharing, the use of fuel-efficient buses and other ways to keep air clean in the region.
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March 7, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The apparent demise of a toll road through San Onofre State Beach could have a domino effect on funding for other Southern California transportation projects, a regional planning authority said this week. A letter sent to Orange County transportation planners by the Southern California Assn. of Governments warns that if the Foothill South tollway is not built, another project must be substituted in SCAG's Regional Transportation Plan.
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September 21, 1999 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The number of passengers using Southern California airports is expected to double by 2020, but if more airports are not built or existing facilities expanded, how will the estimated 158 million customers that year be served? The question is at the heart of a pending study by the Southern California Assn.
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September 21, 1999 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The number of passengers using Southern California airports is expected to double by 2020, but if more airports are not built or existing facilities expanded, how will the estimated 158 million customers that year be served? The question is at the heart of a pending study by the Southern California Assn.
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July 27, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
Irvine announced Thursday that it would sue a regional government group that had demanded that the city plan for 35,660 new homes in the next seven years to accommodate regional growth. Many of the homes would be designated low- and moderate-income housing. City leaders say Irvine lacks the land to meet the goals that had been mandated in a housing plan that was approved this month by the Southern California Assn. of Governments.
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July 25, 2007 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
Irvine is being required to accommodate within seven years the second-largest number of new homes by a Southland city, trailing only Los Angeles, according to a housing plan approved this month. Irvine must plan for 35,660 homes by 2014, according to the Southern California Assn. of Governments. Some would be designated for low-income families. But Irvine officials say they don't have enough land to meet those goals.
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May 4, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Southern California Assn. of Governments voted Thursday to urge President Bush and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare a state of emergency in the region because of more than 5,400 premature deaths that the state has estimated are linked annually to air pollution. "When we have a hurricane or earthquake, they declare a state of emergency," said Hasan Ikhrata, director of planning and policy for the regional body. "These numbers are out of this world ...
REAL ESTATE
July 4, 2004
Imagine 6.3 million more people in Southern California and double the current traffic congestion. That could be in store for the region by 2030. Yet there are options, says the Southern California Assn. of Governments, which unveiled a blueprint last week for alleviating traffic congestion, improving air quality and sustaining a livable region.
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November 27, 2003 | Caitlin Liu and Daniel Hernandez, Times Staff Writers
The forecast called for flight delays, long lines and heavy traffic at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday. But passengers and airport officials said the start of the holiday travel season was as easy as pumpkin pie. "I gave myself extra time today because I knew it might be crowded," said traveler Chris Johnston, 36. "But everything's been running smoothly." The unexpected calm at LAX was due in part to a steady decline in traffic since Sept.
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August 12, 2003 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
Regional transportation officials, concerned about worsening air quality and the potential loss of tens of billions of dollars in future funding, are taking another look at controversial plans to add lanes to two Los Angeles-area freeways. A few months ago, proposals to widen the Ventura and Long Beach freeways were shelved after community opposition erupted over fears that homes and businesses could be destroyed in the process.
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July 27, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
Irvine announced Thursday that it would sue a regional government group that had demanded that the city plan for 35,660 new homes in the next seven years to accommodate regional growth. Many of the homes would be designated low- and moderate-income housing. City leaders say Irvine lacks the land to meet the goals that had been mandated in a housing plan that was approved this month by the Southern California Assn. of Governments.
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June 16, 2000 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of Los Angeles-area governments Thursday took an important second step in the national sweepstakes to win $950 million in federal money to build the world's first full-service, high-speed, magnetic levitation rail system in Southern California.
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June 24, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
A move to put Orange County Supervisor Chuck Smith back on a regional planning board was tabled Monday after protesters argued that he would use his position to promote an airport at El Toro. The board of the Orange County Transportation Authority decided unanimously to refer to its committees the decision on whether Smith should be appointed to the Southern California Assn. of Governments. Designating a member on SCAG -- the authority's first -- would cost OCTA $25,000 a year.
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June 18, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Renewed debate over building a commercial airport at El Toro claimed its first political casualty Tuesday when Orange County Supervisor Chuck Smith was removed as the county's representative on a regional planning agency. Three members of the five-member Board of Supervisors said Smith could no longer serve on the Southern California Assn. of Governments because he supports a move by Los Angeles to lease the closed Marine base from the federal government for an airport.
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