April 2017
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IEEP SoCal Logistics & Supply Chain Summit
April 20
Pomona, CA

SBCTA General Assembly
June 15
Ontario, CA

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The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) is the transportation planning agency for San Bernardino County.

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

SBCTA proudly serves the more than 2.1 million residents of San Bernardino County.
Freeway Service Patrol Drivers of Excellence Honored by Board of Directors

Ourstanding drivers were recognized at the March 14, 2017 Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) quarterly drivers meeting by SBCTA FSP program management, CHP, and their peers for their outstanding efforts, high-level of professionalism, and the excellent customer service they provided to stranded motorists along San Bernardino County freeways.  At the April Board of Directors Meeting, the SBCTA Board honored these drivers for their effort:
  • Top Driver - Enrique Razo, of Navarros Towing in Fontana. Enrique has been with the San Bernardino FSP Program for nearly three years and assisted more than 2,700 motorists during the 2016 calendar year.
  • Driver of Excellence - Leobardo Varela, of Navarros Towing in Fontana. Leo has been with the San Bernardino FSP Program for more than five years and assisted more than 1,000 motorists during the 2016 calendar year.
  • Driver of Excellence - Alejandro Estudillo of Pepe's Towing in Colton. Alejandro has been with the San Bernardino FSP Program for more than five years and assisted more than 1,900 motorists during the 2016 calendar year.
  • Driver of Excellence - Joshua Pack of Pepe's Towing in Colton. Joshua has been with the San Bernardino FSP Program for more than five years and assisted more than 1,400 motorists during the 2016 calendar year.
  • Driver of Excellence - Dominic Fontenot of Airport Mobil Towing in Ontario. Dominic has been with the San Bernardino FSP Program for nearly one year and assisted more than 1,200 motorists during the 2016 calendar year.
These five FSP drivers collectively provided more than 8,000 motorist assists in 2016. Congratulations to these five drivers and all the other drivers that help make the FSP Program in San Bernardino County a huge success.
It should also be noted that these drivers, along with all other drivers within the program, also helped provide Construction FSP services during outside normal hours of operation on several construction projects in San Bernardino County; including the most recent Southbound I-15 Duncan Canyon 55-hour closure in which FSP assisted 112 motorists.

Pedestrian, Bicycle Access Improvements Slated for SB County Metrolink Stations
The Metrolink Accessibility Improvements Project will use a grant of federal Active Transportation Program (ATP) funds to provide safe pedestrian/bicycle access,
way-finding signage, sidewalk improvements, high-visibility crosswalks, bicycle parking, and improvements to key corridors of the regional bicycle network to directly connect to Metrolink Stations in six cities in San Bernardino County.

At the April 5th meeting of the SBCTA Board of Directors an item   to release an Invitation for Bids for constructing these future improvements at these stations  was  approved .  Details about this contracting opportunity will be posted on the goSBCTA.com website
Home Energy Renovation Opportunity 
San Bernardino Council of Government's (SBCOG) Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Program was established in San Bernardino County in 2013.  It is SBCOG's version of the the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program which provides financing for homeowners to make energy efficiency, water conservation or renewable energy improvements to their homes and pay for them over time through an additional line item on their property tax bill. 
Since 2013, 16,892 projects, valued at $320 million, have been funded and completed through the HERO Program, improving over 14,600 homes.  On-going operation of the HERO Program requires engagement of outside consultants providing services such as financing, program management, tax and legal counsel. 
The SBCOG Board of Directors, at the April 5th meeting, did not take action on a motion to renew contracts for these services. It should be noted, however, that individual cities within the county may still elect to participate in the program through the statewide HERO facilitator, the Western Riverside Council of Governments.
Excellence in Financial Reporting 

For the fifth consecutive year, SANBAG (now known as SBCTA) was awarded the  Excellence in Financial Reporting honor for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2016. 

The Government Finance Officers Association issues this prestigious award to recognize governments that provide full disclosure and transparency that extend beyond generally accepted accounting principles.  This ensures that users of the financial statements have the information to make decisions.

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Studies of Community Choice Aggregation Program Halted
In collaboration with Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) and Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), SBCOG engaged in a feasibility study of a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) electricity program.  The study was presented to the City/County Technical Advisory Committee in February and presented to the Board of Directors at the April 5th Board of Directors meeting. 
Previously, the Board had approved participating with WRCOG and CVAG on a study of CCA.  The idea was to pool resources between the three agencies to look at the concept of CCA's and provide information to the Board.  CCA's have become of focus across the state as municipalities look for opportunities to potentially save money for utility consumers and in some cases want control over the mix of renewable power generation. 

Work on the feasibility study had concluded and staff was requesting minimal resources to complete a draft Joint Powers Agreement template that municipalities could use in deciding whether this was something they wanted to engage with other municipalities.  After lengthy discussion and public input, the Board chose to halt efforts on further CCA work. This action does not mean municipalities in San Bernardino County cannot proceed to investigate CCAs; the feasibility study is available for any interested community.  

Additionally, opportunities exist to partner either with adjacent municipalities within San Bernardino County, or even in Riverside or Los Angeles County.  The action simply means that SBCOG will no longer partner with WRCOG and CVAG, leaving interested municipalities to spend resources as needed to complete their own evaluation.