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November 11, 2016

November 16, 2017
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December 7, 2016
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December 13, 2016
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The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) is the council of governments and transportation planning agency for San Bernardino County.

SANBAG is responsible for cooperative regional planning and furthering an efficient multi-modal transportation system countywide.

SANBAG serves the 2.1 million residents of San Bernardino County.
Officials Commemorate Transfer of ONT to City of Ontario
Senator Dianne Feinstein, Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and former Los Angeles Dodger Manager Tommy Lasorda were among the many dignitaries on hand inside Terminal 4 at Ontario International Airport (ONT) to celebrate the 'changing of the guard' between the City of Los Angeles and the City of Ontario. This historical event was hosted by Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) President Alan Wapner.  Mr. Wapner also serves as the San Bernardino Associated Governments Vice President and Ontario City Councilmember.
Perhaps one of the strongest advocates for the transfer of the airport, Mr. Wapner launched the celebration off with a heartfelt, "welcome to OUR airport."  In his role as OIAA President, Alan recognized the dwindling support for growth at the airport while the need was growing exponentially in the region for a viable alternative to LAX.  He built a coalition comprised of business and elected leaders from San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles counties to wrest control of ONT.  He fought fiercely at SCAG to ensure that Regional Transportation Plan projections for passenger loadings at ONT were appropriately scaled, recognizing the huge potential of the airport property in the Inland Empire (IE).  
As negotiations proceeded with Mayor Garcetti, Alan was the central figure representing the OIAA.  He worked closely with Senator Feinstein, Congress Member Ken Calvert, among other Congressional leaders, on key steps necessary to effect the transfer.  Alan presided over the ceremony formally transferring control of ONT from LAWA to OIAA on November 2 of this year.  While the ceremony represents a major milestone being realized, Alan will be the first to tell you that they have a much more daunting task ahead in effectively running the airport and growing it to the potential the IE desperately needs to continue its economic expansion.
Representative Norma Torres and Representative Grace Napolitano joined Mr. Wapner and the others to remark about the partnership and collaboration by all those involved to make the transfer a reality for both cities.  A resolution acknowledging the transfer states, "Congress recognized the importance of this transfer by enacting legislation to facilitate the use of Passenger Facility Charges at Ontario International Airport."  No small accomplishment in today's political environment.

Ultimately, the residents and travelers of Southern California are the real winners of this transfer as the airport serves as one of the economic engines for the region.  The IE owes a debt of gratitude to Alan Wapner for championing the transfer of ONT to local control when many thought it would never happen; his determination in the face of daunting odds is what ultimately led to this monumental event.  We all trust that his undeterred leadership style will ensure the future success of ONT as the IE's airport of choice.

Next Stop:  Tippecanoe Avenue in San Bernardino
As development of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project moves toward 60% Design, the project team was faced with changing conditions that required the San Bernardino Associated Governments' Board of Directors to advise on a possible change in station location in the city of San Bernardino.
Agency staff had originally identified Waterman Avenue as a preferred station location and included the design of this station in the original scope of work. The Waterman Station location was chosen primarily due to the close proximity of the Inland Regional Center (IRC). The IRC is a nonprofit, private community-based agency that serves individuals with developmental disabilities in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Based on the fact that a large number of the IRC clients are transit dependent, staff evaluated that those potential riders could use RPRP to access the IRC. In addition, at the time of the decision, there was ample land identified for future Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in the area that offered opportunity for ridership growth in the future.
However, after some changes in the land use around the proposed Waterman location, the horrific events of December 2nd that modified the IRC's operations, and the development of a new ridership study, it was determined that a station at Tippecanoe Avenue would serve more passengers and provide access to business and residential communities in a more productive way.

The Board of Directors approved the recommendation to change station locations contingent upon concurrence from the Federal Transit Administration as it relates to grant funding awarded to the project.  That determination is expected by the end of the year.

Omnitrans Approves 'Arrow' as New Name for Passenger Rail Service
On Wednesday, November 2nd, the Omnitrans Board of Directors approved the brand identity for the future passenger rail service between San Bernardino and Redlands.  Currently known as the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, the future service will operate under the name 'Arrow'. 

The San Bernardino Associated Governments and Omnitrans had agreed earlier this year that Omnitrans would be the operator of the new transit service coming to San Bernardino County.  However, as part of the public outreach for the project that is building the line, SANBAG was tasked with development of the brand.
After a series of focus groups represented by a cross-section of residents, business owners and community leaders from throughout the San Bernardino Valley, a team of communication professionals from the region, guided by a marketing firm, developed the name Arrow.  The name was selected as it denotes swift, direct movement; provides a county wide connection to the iconic Arrowhead; and, evokes a sense of 'moving forward', a distinction in line with the vision for San Bernardino County.
The project is moving toward the completion of Design with early construction activities slated for 2017.  The 'Arrow' is on target to begin service in 2020.
Federal & State Advocacy Updates

The SANBAG Board of Directors received a year-in-review Federal Legislative update from Holland & Knight LLC, which provides advocacy services for the agency in Washington DC.  Leslie Pollner and Lauri Hettinger from Holland & Knight walked Board members through updates on funding opportunities for the agency, potential changes in the political landscape following the elections, and highlights of successful advocacy efforts such as the award of an $8.7 million TIGER grant for the Redlands Passenger Rail Project.
The State advocacy team Gonzalez, Quintana, Hunter & Cruz LLC, represented by Delaney Hunter and Audrey Durfor, presented a brief legislative update to the Board of Directors. In addition to the 2016 State Budget, the team updated the Board on key bills the Governor signed this year. Most significant to our agency was SB 1305 (Morrell) which created the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority. This legislation was necessary to streamline our complex agency functions and will go into effect January 1, 2017.
The Future of the San Bernardino Associated Governments as the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority
Earlier this year the agency sponsored Senate Bill 1305, consolidating the Transportation Authority, Transportation Commission, Congestion Management Agency, and Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies into a new statutory entity - the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA).  In anticipation of the signing of SB 1305, the Public Affairs team contracted with Celtis Ventures, Inc., a professional marketing and branding firm, to help drive a research study and brand exploration exercise for our agency.
In August we received word that the Governor had signed SB 1305 with an effective date of January 1, 2017.  With that date in mind, the Public Affairs team moved forward, seizing the opportunity to develop and launch a new brand concurrently with the effective date.
On November 2nd, the Board approved and adopted the new brand identity for the SBCTA and the San Bernardino Associated Governments acting as the Council of Governments (SBCOG).
Our goal with the new brand is to have a true brand identity, something the public will see and relate back to our projects and services. With the signing and execution of SB 1305, we have the opportunity to really connect the dots between our agency and our projects and services for those living in and traveling through our county - having a more active voice and increasing awareness.

Give Where You Live
The Community Foundation is pleased to announce the return of Give BIG San Bernardino County, an exciting 24-hour event to increase philanthropy in San Bernardino County through online giving. Give BIG San Bernardino County will take place on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from midnight through December 1.
The 24-hour online event is designed to generate funding for nonprofits in the county while building a culture of philanthropy and giving throughout the community.

26,103 approved projects
15,629 completed projects
$294,950,384 value of completed projects
112.7 million KWh saved annually
30,783 tons of GHGs reduced annually
55.1 million gallons of water saved annually

HERO investments stimulate direct economic opportunity in San Bernardino County.