Transportation 2019 Meeting Schedule

Friday, March 01, 2019

TIME:         4:00PM - Bi-Monthly DATE:       1st Wednesday of each month PLACE:     Gateway Cities Council of Governments Offices 2nd floor 16401 Paramount Boulevard Paramount, CA  Wednesday, January 2, 2019                  Wednesday, February 6, 2019                Wednesday, March 6, 2019                     Wednesday, April 3, 2019                        Wednesday, May 1, 2019                       Wednesday, June 5, 2019                      Wednesday, July 3, 2019* Wednesday, August 7, 2019 Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Wednesday, November 6, 2019 Wednesday, December 4, 2019* Went Dark in January so dates may change *Due to the Holiday meeting date and location may change
Public Works Officers 2019 Meeting Schedule

Friday, February 22, 2019

TIME:         8:00A.M.-9:00A.M DATE:       4th Thursday – Monthly PLACE:     Gateway Cities Council of Governments Offices 2nd floor 16401 Paramount Boulevard Paramount, CA Thursday, January 24, 2019         Thursday, February 28, 2019         Thursday, March 28, 2019              Thursday, April 25, 2019                Thursday, May 23, 2019                Thursday, June 27, 2019               Thursday, July 25, 2019 Thursday, August 22, 2019 Thursday, September 26, 2019 Thursday, October 24, 2019 Thursday, November 28, 2019* Thursday, December 26, 2019 *Due to the Holiday the COG will be closed.    
SR-91/I-605/I-405 Corridor Cities Committee 2019 Meeting Schedule

Thursday, February 21, 2019

TIME:         6:00 PM DATE:       4th Wednesday – as needed PLACE:     Gateway Cities Council of Governments Offices 2nd floor 16401 Paramount Boulevard Paramount, CA  Wednesday, January 23, 2019                  Wednesday, February 27, 2019                Wednesday, March 27, 2019                     Wednesday, April 24, 2019                        Wednesday, May 22, 2019                        Wednesday, June 26, 2019                       Wednesday, July 24, 2019 Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Wednesday, November 27, 2019 Wednesday, December 25, 2019* *Due to the Holiday the COG will be CLOSED    
SR-91/I-605/I-405 TAC Technical Advisory Committee 2019 Meeting Schedule

Thursday, February 21, 2019

TIME:         1:30 PM DATE:       4th Tuesday - Monthly PLACE:     Gateway Cities Council of Governments Offices 2nd floor 16401 Paramount Boulevard Paramount, CA  Tuesday, January 22, 2019                       Tuesday, February 26, 2019                      Tuesday, March 26, 2019                          Tuesday, April 23, 2019                              Tuesday, May 28, 2019                              Tuesday, June 25, 2019                             Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Tuesday, December 24, 2019* *Due to the Holiday the COG will be closed.    
Board of Directors 2019 Meeting Schedule

Sunday, February 17, 2019

TIME:         5:30 P.M. Buffet 6:00 P.M. Meeting DATE:       1st Wednesday of each month PLACE:     Gateway Cities Council of Governments Offices 2nd floor 16401 Paramount Boulevard Paramount, CA  Wednesday, January 2, 2019                  Wednesday, February 6, 2019                Wednesday, March 6, 2019                     Wednesday, April 3, 2019                        Wednesday, May 1, 2019                       Wednesday, June 5, 2019                      Wednesday, July 3, 2019* Wednesday, August 7, 2019 Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Wednesday, November 6, 2019 Wednesday, December 4, 2019* *Due to the Holiday the Board Meeting Date & Location can change in 2019.  
City Managers Policy Advisory Steering Committee 2019 Meeting Schedule

Sunday, February 17, 2019

TIME:         11:30 P.M. DATE:       3rd Thursday of each month PLACE:     Gateway Cities Council of Governments Offices 2nd floor 16401 Paramount Boulevard Paramount, CA  Thursday, January 17, 2019                   Thursday, February 21, 2019                  Thursday, March 21, 2019                      Thursday, April 18, 2019                         Thursday, May 16, 2019                         Thursday, June 20, 2019                        Thursday, July 18, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 Thursday, September 19, 2019 Thursday, October 17, 2019 Thursday, November 21, 2019 Thursday, December 19, 2019
Economic Development Working Group 2019 Meeting Schedule

Sunday, February 17, 2019

TIME:         11:30 AM DATE:       3rd Monday of each month PLACE:     Gateway Cities Council of Governments Offices 2nd floor 16401 Paramount Boulevard Paramount, CA  *Monday, January 28, 2019                       *Monday, February 25, 2019                     Monday, March 18, 2019                            Monday, April 15, 2019                               Monday, May 20, 2019                               Monday, June 17, 2019                              Monday, July 15, 2019 Monday, August 19, 2019 Monday, September 16, 2019 Monday, October 21, 2019 Monday, November 18, 2019 Monday, December 16, 2019 *Meeting is Scheduled Due to the Holiday.  
I-710 TAC - Technical Advisory Committee 2019 Meeting Schedule

Sunday, February 17, 2019

TIME:         1:30 PM DATE:       3rd Wednesday - Monthly PLACE:     Clearwater Building 2nd Floor Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Wednesday, February 20, 2019             Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Wednesday, December 18, 2019    
STP 2019 Meeting Schedule

Sunday, February 17, 2019

TIME:         9:00A.M-10:00AM DATE:       4th Thursday – Monthly PLACE:     Gateway Cities Council of Governments Offices 2nd floor 16401 Paramount Boulevard Paramount, CA Thursday, January 24, 2019         Thursday, February 28, 2019         Thursday, March 28, 2019              Thursday, April 25, 2019                Thursday, May 23, 2019                Thursday, June 27, 2019               Thursday, July 25, 2019 Thursday, August 22, 2019 Thursday, September 26, 2019 Thursday, October 24, 2019 Thursday, November 28, 2019* Thursday, December 26, 2019 *Due to Holiday the COG will be closed.    
Join Los Angeles Metro

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Join Los Angeles Metro at any of our 10 public workshops and share your thoughts on how we can make the bus system better! Visit to find a location in your Service Council area!
December Transportation Committee is Cancelled

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The December Transportation Committee meeting is cancelled and there is a meeting of the Executive Committee on January 2, 2019. The Board is not meeting in January but will resume February 6, 2019

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Can the COG provide a list of required elements for the proposal (i.e. detailed budget, detailed schedule, number of references, etc.) or a sample proposal? A: Proposals should include a narrative approach to the work overall and by task; a discussion of the bidder’s relevant experience; resumes of proposed project personnel; a project schedule; and a project budget. Also see response to Question 2. A sample proposal will not be provided. Should the submitting consultant provide a detailed budget, and if so, what should be included (i.e. costs by task, billing rates, etc.)? A: Proposers should include a budget broken down by task...
Gateway Cities Housing Assessment: Request for Proposals

Friday, October 19, 2018

The Gateway Cities region consists of 27 cities and additional unincorporated communities in Southeast Los Angeles County, with a total population of 2.1 million. The region is predominantly urban, and is suited for infill development or redevelopment. The region is served by a transportation network that includes major freeways and arterial roads, light rail lines, and local transit bus systems, with additional light rail service planned. The region is also home to the Port of Long Beach and neighbor to the Port of Los Angeles. Together, they form the nation’s largest marine port complex, and freight moves through the Gateway...
July 4 Board Meeting Rescheduled

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Gateway Cities Council of Governments Joint Meeting of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee board meeting has been moved to July 2, replacing the July 4 meeting this month.
Image 2018 Regional Conference & Retreat

Sunday, April 29, 2018

We are pleased to invite you to attend the Gateway Cities COG Regional Conference and Retreat on Catalina Island at the Holiday Inn Resort on Friday and Saturday, June 15-16, 2018. The Conference/Retreat will provide board members with an excellent opportunity to interact on a more personal level, allow Mayors, Council Members, City Managers and City staff to get to know the Gateway Cities COG more intimately and provide an exciting and diverse program of expert speakers to discuss topics currently impacting our cities and region. Session topics include public-private partnerships, city finance issues including PERS, housing issues, and the...
The Model City of Commerce

Monday, February 26, 2018

Residents incorporated the City of Commerce, California half a century ago to avoid tax annexation form neighboring cities. They created their own “Model City” with great amenities for residents and a business-friendly environment. Commerce has a great, small city feel, but is conveniently located just six miles from downtown Los Angeles. It features a Metrolink Train Station, which makes commuting easy. Its industrial sites have been successfully revitalized in recent years for high tech, office, warehouse and retail use. The city has outstanding recreational opportunities. It has 44 acres of parks, six recreation centers and an aquatic complex. It also operates a...
Bell Gardens recognized by GFOA

Monday, February 19, 2018

Bell Gardens, California is located 11 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The city’s beautiful parks and lake offer wonderful opportunities for recreation, such as soccer, fishing and golfing. Bell Gardens is home to the Bicycle Hotel & Casino, one of the largest poker casinos in the world. The Bicycle is an asset that provides sizeable tax revenue, which helps the city grow and prosper in a challenging economy. For 5 years in a row, the city received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. This award is the utmost recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting....
Escape to Avalon

Monday, February 12, 2018

On the eastern end of Catalina Island, 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, sits the picturesque Village of Avalon. One million people visit the tiny town each year. Its subtropical climate and laid-back lifestyle encourage relaxation and recreation. Eighty-five percent of Catalina Island is a preserve. The island features unique opportunities to view wildlife such as bison. It has an array of activities for intrepid travelers, such as bicycling, sailing, camping and fishing. Avalon features a scenic harbor and beaches, as well as a pedestrian walkway. The town also includes upscale hotels and amenities, such as boutiques, spas and fine...
Promoting parks and trails

Monday, February 05, 2018

Studies have shown people with access to green space and waterways are healthier and happier. Parks provide a space to relax and recreate, while trees and plants help filter air pollution and mediate temperature. The Gateway Cities Council of Governments sponsored legislation to create the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, which promotes open space for recreation as well as watershed health and habitat conservation in eastern Los Angeles County and western Orange County. The Conservancy is a positive force working to protect and enhance the region’s unique and diverse natural environment, for the enjoyment of residents for...
Celebrating business in Bellflower

Monday, January 29, 2018

Bellflower, California was founded around the turn of the century. Before it was urbanized, the area was a rich agricultural center, which brought Dutch, Hispanic, Japanese, Portuguese and other immigrant families to the region. Though the city has dramatically changed through its development, its vitality is still illustrated by the motto: “Growing Together.” New businesses and industries continue to emerge. The city’s Economic Development Department has decided to spotlight the thriving business community with a new section in the E-Citizen. Does your business have exciting news to share? Whether it’s a new product, an award, a special event or an expansion, we...
Ice skating in SoCal

Monday, January 22, 2018

Artesia is a small community located 15 miles southeast of Los Angeles that was originally built around artesian wells. The city is sometimes referred to as "Little India,” because it has the second largest population of ethnic Indians in the country, after New York City. It is home to the East West Ice Palace a full-sized ice rink owned by Olympic figure skating medalist Michelle Kwan. The Ice Palace facility also includes a fitness center, dance and exercise room as well as a snack bar and pro shop. This wonderful community asset features a skating school and hockey program. Public skating sessions...

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Board of Directors of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments on December 6, 2017, voted to appoint Nancy Pfeffer as its Executive Director. Ms. Pfeffer has served for ten years as the COG’s Director of Regional Planning, a contract staff position. Ms. Pfeffer founded Network Public Affairs, LLC, a policy consulting practice focused on environmental and transportation issues, in 2006. Previously, she worked as a planner for the Southern California Association of Governments, as a policy analyst for ARCO, and as an environmental consultant. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a Master’s in Public Policy from the...
Compare communities with online tools

Monday, January 15, 2018

When choosing where to locate a business, there’s much more to consider other than available real estate. The more an entrepreneur knows about the demographics and workforce in a potential community, the better. That’s why we’ve created an online, easy-to-use tool that potential businesses can use to compare community and business statistics for Gateway Cities COG with other cities across the country. This powerful online tool includes characteristics like age and income as well as consumer spending habits. Find out what area consumers are most likely to spend their money on and get important insight into the labor force.
Mapping area businesses

Monday, January 08, 2018

Savvy entrepreneurs know a great deal of research goes into choosing a business location. In recent years, the benefits of business clusters — concentrations of companies with similar and complementary interests — have become apparent. Companies in a cluster can all benefit from existing infrastructure, resources and a solid supply chain. With the tools on our website, it’s easy to learn where and how businesses are distributed across the Gateway Cities COG region. The Business Map is also handy for helping entrepreneurs ensure the right mix of professional services and amenities is available in the area, from accounting to banking and health...
Teaming up to tackle traffic woes

Monday, January 01, 2018

“In just a couple more days they’re going to close the freeway, and you won’t be able to go anywhere on the 405. As opposed to when it’s open and you can’t go anywhere on the 405.” ~Jay Leno Leno’s tongue in cheek quote is an unfortunate reality for residents in SR-91/I-605/I-405 corridor cities such as Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Compton, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Norwalk, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Whittier and the County of Los Angeles. But a joint approach to transportation planning can help solve some the region’s traffic issues. “Hot spot” areas of heavy congestions have...
There’s strength in unity

Monday, December 25, 2017

“The world needs new leadership, but the new leadership is about working together.” ~Jack Ma The Gateway Cities Council of Governments embodies this quote from Alibaba founder Jack Ma. Leaders in 27 cities in Southeast Los Angeles County are working collaboratively through the COG to achieve a unified and more powerful voice. The COG represents 2 million people. It serves as a forum to acquire input from each community and strives for consensus on important issues affecting the area. Because of its unified voice, it has successfully advocated for $1.2 billion in federal funding for projects aimed at improving the region’s transportation...
Good employees can make a business

Monday, December 18, 2017

“I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.” ~Lawrence Bossidy This apt quote from Bossidy illustrates a key point: great employees can help make a business. Businesses in the Gateway Cities COG region are fortunate to have a diverse workforce of about 1 million people to draw from. The manufacturing sector is currently the largest employer, followed by retail and health care. In addition to statistics on existing employment sectors, our website has a great tool for learning researching the local labor...
Online tools to assist entrepreneurs

Monday, December 11, 2017

When deciding on the location of a business, demographics of the community can be as important as the physical address. Is there an adequate workforce to draw from? Do resident characteristics match that of your target market? The Gateway Cities COG region covers about 203 square miles and is made up of 27 cities and 9 unincorporated communities. It’s a diverse population of about 2 million residents. Our website is a useful tool for entrepreneurs trying to determine the right spot for their business. In addition to site selection tools, users can run reports with demographic data that can be sorted...
High speed rail plans moving along

Monday, December 04, 2017

It’s expected that 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2030. Cars are typically the most convenient option to get from one point to another in the U.S. But putting more cars on the road increases congestion. That’s why the state of California has invested in a massive, high speed rail project that will ultimately connect San Francisco to San Diego. Gateway Cities COG supports this project. Imagine commuting on one of the busiest routes in the country — from Los Angeles to San Diego — in less than 80 minutes. Phase 1 of construction on the section...
Improving transportation networks

Monday, November 27, 2017

Good access to transportation networks is critical for any business. A location where goods can be transported swiftly and economically is a big advantage. Quality transportation options can also help employers attract and retain great employees. The Gateway Cities COG region has a vibrant economy and an array of modes of transport to support freight and passengers. In addition to trucking and rail facilities, it has full-service seaports and two international airports within 35 miles. A pending high speed rail project will ultimately connect the region to other California markets and beyond. Improvements to these transportation networks are in the works, which...
Location, location, location

Monday, November 20, 2017

Finding the right location is a key consideration for those looking to build or grow a business. Whether a venture succeeds or not can depend on securing a strategic spot. The Gateway Cities COG website makes it easy to search for real estate. The online tools allow entrepreneurs to search for existing buildings or building sites — whether office, industrial or retail spaces. Filters for factors such as city and site size help pinpoint the best potential sites. Dynamic property and business reports as well as demographic data are also available. Users can event create and print maps tailored to their needs....
Reducing emissions, improving health

Monday, November 13, 2017

The World Health Organization estimates that 92 percent of people live in places with poor air quality. This contributes to serious cardiovascular and respiratory problems. It’s estimated air pollution contributes to 3 million deaths worldwide each year. Because the Gateway Cities are located along the busy I-5 corridor and adjacent to the San Pedro Bay Ports, there are higher levels of diesel particulate matter from trucks, ships and trains in the air. This type of pollution has been linked to cancer. Balancing the needs of trucking and trade with human health concerns is a challenge, but it is vital for the future...
Improving transportation for people and businesses

Monday, November 06, 2017

Long-term transportation planning is a challenge. It aims to make the movement of goods and people more efficient. Yet, to be truly effective, it must balance efficiency with factors that improve resident quality of life. Caltrans is investing $1.3 billion over the next 5 years to improve northern segments along the Golden State Freeway (I-5) between the Ventura Freeway (SR-134) and the Kern County line. These improvements include a truck lane to ensure goods move faster, which helps businesses and the economy. Carpool lanes and improvements to on and off-ramps are part of the planned upgrades too. Improved traffic flow and reduced...
Working together to end homelessness

Monday, October 30, 2017

The crisis of homelessness in California is sobering. One out of every 332 people in the state is homeless. California is home to 21.5 percent of homeless people in the United States. Thankfully, there are proven programs to help remedy this problem. Gateway Cities COG is leading an effort to address homelessness within our region — working in concert with businesses, faith groups, law enforcement, city officials, service providers and other stakeholders. The aim is to work together and give communities the tools they need address the problem. From preventing evictions to leveraging resources such as housing subsidies and move-in assistance funds,...
Young leaders making plans for Cudahy

Monday, October 23, 2017

Cudahy, California was named for its founder, Michael Cudahy. The meat-packing magnate purchased the land in 1908, dividing it up into narrow but unusually long lots, to enable residents to farm and raise animals on their property. The city has long been urbanized. With about 24,000 residents and an area of about one square mile, it’s one of the most densely populated cities around. This makes smart growth a priority. A young population and leadership are driving Cudahy’s future planning and policymaking. With community input, the city leadership has been working on a strategic plan that emphasizes economic development. It received $10...
Compton is a city on the rise

Monday, October 16, 2017

Compton, California is a city on the rise. It was recently named an "Entrepreneurial Hot Spot" by Cognetics, Inc., an independent economic research firm. It’s not hard to understand why businesses are choosing to locate in Compton. It’s easily accessible from five freeways and strategically located in the center of Los Angeles County, along the Alameda Corridor, where 25 percent of U.S. international shipping trade takes place. “Hub City” is ideally situated to develop a number of industries, such as transportation, high tech, metals and textile manufacturing. Compton is a multiracial and multicultural city of nearly 100,000 residents. It features some of...
Cerritos is at the center of it all

Monday, October 09, 2017

Once known as Dairy Valley, the City of Cerritos, California historically had more cows and chickens than people. The city has grown a lot since then, in part because of its auspicious location in the center of the Los Angeles basin. Cerritos is a forward-thinking city. It built the nation’s first solar-powered city hall and recycles water to irrigate its numerous parks. The vibrant community includes a center for the performing arts and a public art program. It’s also home to one of the top public libraries in the country, with 300,000 books and themed reading areas. The city has its own...
Bell boasts activities for all

Monday, October 02, 2017

The city of Bell, California is a small city that’s friendly and safe. Bell features a young and diverse population and is conveniently located close to I-5 and Interstate 710. It’s just minutes from downtown LA as well as Dodger Stadium and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Bell is home to an array of wonderful public parks and features recreation opportunities for people of all ages can enjoy. Kids can get involved in sports and after-school programs such as mini golf and yu-gi-oh tournaments. Adult fitness classes and senior activities are also available. In the summer, Bell residents enjoy special events such...
Harnessing technology to improve transportation

Monday, September 25, 2017

For most U.S. citizens, technology has become a part of everyday life. Three-quarters of Americans now have smartphones. These pocket-sized computers put a wealth of information at our fingertips. If harnessed appropriately, such technological advancements can vastly improve quality of life. That’s why Gateway Cities COG is implementing Intelligent Transportation Systems. This innovative and high-tech method of tracking and parsing traffic data can improve safety and efficiency. An ITS app can enable drivers to see real-time traffic conditions, so they can make better decisions about the best routes to take. ITS can be a boon to industry as well. More information for...
Reducing the commute

Monday, September 18, 2017

Nobody enjoys sitting in traffic. Lengthy commutes have a negative impact on both mental and physical health. Those who regularly sit in traffic report increased blood pressure as well as neck and back pain. There’s also evidence to show people with longer commutes are more likely to be overweight. One of the main arteries in our region, I-5, happens to be the business interstate in the country. Reducing congestion is one of the Caltrans’ primary goals over the next 5 years. It’s investing $1.9 billion to improve southern segments along the Santa Ana Freeway. Among the improvements are: carpool lanes for vehicles...
Encouraging alternative transportation options

Monday, September 11, 2017

California has been successful in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 1 percent each year over the last decade. This is serious progress toward the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. California’s Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008 (SB 375) seeks to curb emissions from passenger vehicles, the primary source of greenhouse gas emissions in the state, by reducing miles traveled. Gateway Cities COG has been using transportation demand management to encourage alternatives to solo driving. A number of cities are giving employees incentives to reduce miles traveled by offering...
Transportation planning for the future

Monday, September 04, 2017

The average Los Angeles commuter spends about 104 hours each year stuck in traffic, according to the data company Inrix. In addition to all this time wasted, that adds up to about $2,408 annually in gas expenses per driver. It’s time to do better. That’s why Gateway Cities COG is developing an integrated multimodal transportation strategy, with input from member cities and communities as well as bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups. This Strategic Transportation Plan can help improve the mobility, accessibility, sustainability and safety of our subregion’s transportation system. The plan includes improvements for freeways, public transit and goods movement infrastructure. It...
Executive Director Opening: Gateway Cities Council of Governments

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Gateway Cities Council of Governments (GCCOG) is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) comprised of 27 cities in the South East Region of Los Angeles County with the primary mission being Transportation, Air Quality, Housing and Economic Development. The GCCOG is governed by a Board of Directors with elected representation from each of the 27 participating cities, the Mayor of Long Beach, representation from three of the County Board of Supervisors’ offices and a Commissioner from the Port of Long Beach. For each program/project and initiative, the COG is first: A Forum, second: A Planner, Third: A Consensus Builder, Fourth:...
Climate Action Planning Framework (CAP Framework) for the Gateway Cities Council of Governments

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Gateway Cities are twenty-seven cities and additional unincorporated communities in Southeastern Los Angeles County, totaling about 2 million residents. For over twenty years, these jurisdictions have collaborated through the Gateway Cities Council of Governments (COG) on plans and projects related to transportation, air quality, housing, and economic development. The COG office is centrally located in the member city of Paramount.  About three-quarters of the Gateway Cities residents live in census tracts designated as “disadvantaged communities” according to CalEnviroScreen.1 While our communities are vibrant and resilient, our region suffers from persistent high poverty levels and unemployment rates; linguistic isolation and low...
Gimme a break!

Monday, December 26, 2016

What’s the point of a vacation? To take a break, of course—relax and recharge. But there’s more to the story. Vacations also have important health benefits, including reduced depression, stress, and sickness. And they also make workers more creative and productive. (More details here: This news comes as no surprise to those of us who live, work, and vacation here in southeastern Los Angeles county. We are lucky to possess the single largest resort in southern California—the luxury Pacific Palms resort is in the city of Industry. With an award-winning golf course, fine dining, conference and event venues, as well as...
Celebrate good times

Monday, December 19, 2016

Everyone loves a parade! Or a festival. Or an outdoor concert. Or all of the above! When it comes to community festivals and celebrations, some of the benefits are obvious. Neighbors gathering to celebrate good times—what could be better. But festivals do a lot more than that. For instance, they can play a key role in shaping a community’s values, while also drawing tourist dollars to key locations. (For more benefits, see this article: Here in southeastern Los Angeles county, one of our largest and best-loved community festival is the annual Carnaval Primavera Downtown Festival, which takes place every spring in...
Why parks matter

Monday, December 12, 2016

Parks and green space serve a vital role in urban areas, and it goes far beyond aesthetics. Parks improve community by serving as public gathering spaces; they perform an environmental function by cleaning air and water; and they have economic value, too, by raising property values. (For an in-depth look at green space benefits, check this study: Here in southeastern Los Angeles county, we have a deep appreciation for our parklands and other recreational facilities. In the city of Hawaiian Gardens, for instance, you can find our citizens enjoying racquetball, swimming, softball, and other activities, both structured and not, at area...
Mending mortgages

Monday, December 05, 2016

The housing crisis didn’t hit everyone equally—and the same is true of the recovery. Some states, like California, were especially hard hit. And the fact is that many homeowners are still struggling to hang on to their houses. Luckily, there’s help—in the form of $2 billion in funding through the Keep Your Home California program. In southeastern Los Angeles county, the program has assisted homeowners in cities like Downey to stay in their homes. That’s good for everyone, because it helps make a more stable city with more invested citizens. Learn more about the funding here:, and more about Downey at...
The wonders of walking

Monday, November 28, 2016

Why is it so important to have a walkable city? Well apart from the obvious health benefits, there are economic and environmental benefits too. Research shows that a safe and connected network of walking and biking boosts local shopping and cuts harmful emissions from autos. (More details can be found here: Here in southeastern Los Angeles county, creating a vibrant street culture for pedestrians and cyclists—along with abundant green space—has become an increasing priority. In the city of Cudahy, for instance, widespread community surveys and workshops led the city to adopt a new General Plan Update that vastly improves pedestrian access...
Ending homelessness

Monday, November 21, 2016

As a nation, we’ve struggled for decades with the problem of homelessness. Today, there’s finally some signs of genuine progress. In part, that’s thanks to creative solutions reflecting new research on the subject. And in part, it’s because we’ve come to realize that homelessness isn’t a personal problem—but a societal problem that impacts everyone. (More on those impacts here: Here in southeastern Los Angeles county, we’ve developed a multi-prong approach to reduce homelessness, and we’re seeing some success in the form of declining numbers, especially among veterans and families. In the city of Compton, for instance, winter shelter beds help not...
Swimming to success

Monday, November 14, 2016

Whether you are a seasoned water sports athlete or just like to splash around, spending some time in the swimming pool has real health benefits! Research shows that water sports have a measurable impact on diseases like arthritis—and also positive mental health benefits. (More on that here: Here in southeastern Los Angeles county, we take our water sports pretty seriously. The Commerce Aquatics Center, in the city of Commerce, has produced more than one Olympic water-polo player, while also providing fun and fitness for families in the area. Find out more about it here:
Musical healing

Monday, November 07, 2016

Most of us like to listen to music and see live concerts for entertainment. Turns out it’s actually good for us. Researchers have found that listening to music or attending a concert can actually reduce the ill effects of diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s. (Read more about it here: Whether it’s enjoyment or healing you’re after, the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts has something to offer. Owned by the city of Cerritos, it’s just one of the amenities that make southeastern Los Angeles county a destination worth checking out. Get the scoop on upcoming performances at
Historical benefits

Monday, October 31, 2016

Most of us believe that cultural heritage has an intrinsic value. Our history—and the living reminders of it (buildings, monuments, parks, and so on)—help us understand who we are and what we stand for. But it turns out that cultural heritage has more tangible value, too. From protecting property values to drawing tourist dollars, historic preservation can pay a dividend to the economy. (For a detailed list check out Here in southeastern Los Angeles county, we value both the intrinsic and economic benefits of our cultural heritage. One example is the Gage Mansion in the city of Bell Gardens. The oldest...
Better for business

Monday, October 24, 2016

When it comes to creating a thriving economy, municipalities can play a key role. Tax codes and business incentives; economic development initiatives and relocation assistance—these are some of the roles that government can play in creating economic vitality. Here in southeastern Los Angeles county, many of our communities have developed a reputation for working hard to build our strong economy. In particular, the city of Bellflower was recently recognized as a finalist for the LA county’s “most business-friendly city” award. (More about the award: That didn’t come as any surprise to those of us who live here. Smart, diverse employees and...
Environmental Scoping Meetings for the I-605 Corridor Improvement Project

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Environmental Scoping Meetings for the I-605 Corridor Improvement Project: October 24, 26 & 27, November 1, 2 & 3, 2016 Please join us to learn more about the studies, meet the project team, and to let us know what is important to you as we evaluate options for this corridor. Monday, October 24, 2016 6:30–8:30pm Embassy Suites by Hilton Los Angeles Downey Diplomat/Consulate Room 8425 Firestone Bl, Downey, CA 90241 Wednesday, October 26, 2016 6:30–8:30pm Gus Velasco Neighborhood Center Pio Pico Room 9255 S Pioneer Bl, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 Thursday, October 27, 2016 6:30–8:30pm Norwalk Assembly of God Church 11129 Pioneer Blvd, Norwalk, CA 90650 Thursday, November 3, 2016 6:30–8:30pm Palm Park Center        5703 Palm Ave, Whittier,...
When opportunity knocks…

Monday, October 17, 2016

Are you ready to be your own boss? In one recent survey of entrepreneurs, this was the most cited motivation for starting a business (more on the survey here: A lot of factors can go into the success of a business, but few are more important than location. Access to customers, transit, and a cluster of related businesses are some of the factors that make a good location—and these factors help explain the success rate of businesses here in southeastern Los Angeles county. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge and being your own boss, then you should check out these...
Bison watching

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Bison has been officially declared the national mammal, but it’s not every day you get a chance to see one of these majestic creatures. Unless, that is, you happen to be on Catalina Island off the California coast of southeastern Los Angeles County. At some point the island’s history, a Hollywood film crew left behind a handful of buffalo that have grown over the years into a healthy herd. Today, Catalina boasts a wide variety of attractions and entertainments—as well as 62 miles of publicly accessible undeveloped coastline, preserved forever by a conservancy. Learn more about the island at
American melting pot

Monday, October 03, 2016

One of the things that makes US cities especially exciting are the cultural influences of our immigrants. Each time an ethnic group moves into a neighborhood, they add their food, music, and heritage to those who came before. A good example here in southeastern Los Angeles County is the city of Artesia. Named for its abundant underground waters by its original Dutch and Portuguese settlers, the city has since become a popular destination for immigrants from India—and is well known locally for its fantastic Indian food. (Here’s an article with more about that: Like the rest of us here in Los...
Wide open spaces

Monday, September 19, 2016

You can easily see the benefit of green space: Beautiful landscapes are a delight to behold. But the value of open space in an urban setting goes deeper than beauty. Research shows that green space can help clean urban air and water, boost property values and taxes, and improve quality of life indicators. (More on the benefits of open space here: For all of these reasons, the Council of Governments in southeastern Los Angeles County has made green space a priority. For instance, we sponsored legislation to create the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers & Mountains Conservancy (RMC) to...
The science of location

Monday, September 12, 2016

Once upon a time, site selection was largely a matter of gut instinct. Customers? Supplies? Transit? You asked around, did what research you could, and then acted on your best guess. Inexpensive and powerful computing has changed all that. Today, site selectors mine an incredible universe of datapoints and drill down to minute questions of labor supply, potential customers, utility strength, and other key measures, depending on the business. Here in southeastern Los Angeles County, we have a wide variety of sites and buildings in a very dense and complex economic region. At the Council of Governments for the area, we’ve tamed...
Got a notion for relocation?

Monday, September 05, 2016

Relocating your business can be a big hassle. Myriad factors may influence your decision, and there certainly are downsides. But a fresh start also has some unique opportunities—not only can it increase your access to key clients or supply chains, but also lets you rethink items like technology investments or sustainability. (More benefits at: Here in southeastern Los Angeles County, the Gateway Cities Council of Governments has devoted itself to helping you maximize the benefits of relocation while minimizing your risks and hassles. If you’re considering a move, check us out at
Measure M

Friday, September 02, 2016

Fixing the freeways

Monday, August 29, 2016

If you’ve driven on a freeway lately, you know that the nation’s transportation system needs fixing. Congestion is bad, and getting worse. And when it comes to freeways, bigger is not necessarily better. Instead, savvy planners are experimenting with creative solutions to tame traffic (check out some of them here: .) Here in southeastern Los Angeles County, we manage an entire network of freeways and smaller highways, and we’re no stranger to traffic congestion. That’s why we’ve grown into one of the most innovative locations in the country when it comes to traffic management. You can learn more about our work...
Faster, better trains

Monday, August 22, 2016

Since the mid-1960s, high-speed rail projects have proliferated in Japan, Europe, China, and many other parts of the world. In the US, not so much. In part because of our love affair with the automobile, we’ve missed out on some of the benefits of high-speed rail. (More about those benefits at .) But today that’s (ahem) rapidly changing as federal and local governments collaborate on building new high-speed infrastructure. southeastern Los Angeles County is engaged in this work. Learn more about our projects here: .
Breathe easy

Monday, August 15, 2016

Airborne pollution from cars and trucks have a very real public health impact. Not only do they contribute to respiratory problems, but also to health problems ranging from low birth weights to heart disease. (For an in-depth look, read Fortunately, most new cars and trucks emit far less pollution than older models. The only question that remains is how to get more of the clean vehicles in service. That’s a problem we’ve faced here in southeastern Los Angeles County, where we’ve worked aggressively to improve the air quality of our busy cities. One strategy we’ve used is a buyout of some...
Building a smarter freeway

Monday, August 08, 2016

Conceived in the 1950s, the US interstate highway system today moves millions of cars and trucks throughout the nation every day. As use grows, however, so does congestion. And we need new, smarter methods of routing and sorting traffic if we’re ever going to improve the situation. (Here are some smart new ways that some communities are trying: .) Southeastern Los Angeles County is no stranger to traffic congestion, and we’re also on the forefront of using new technology to ease commutes. Methods like real-time traffic info and automated safety systems are coming online to make the freeway function better for...
Driven to distraction?

Monday, August 01, 2016

Traffic is bad—and getting worse. That’s the conclusion of many observers of the US highways. And if you’ve driven a freeway lately, you’ve probably experienced it firsthand. It seems counter-intuitive, but simply building new highways or adding lanes just doesn’t work. We don’t need our transportation network to be bigger; we need it to be smarter. (Here are a few ideas on the subject: .) Here in southeastern Los Angeles County, we’re building a smarter freeway system with designated freight routes, expanded commuter lanes, and better-designed freeway exchanges. You can check out our improvements here: .
Home = community

Monday, July 25, 2016

Homelessness is often seen as a personal tragedy—and that’s usually true. But homelessness also affects all of us. That’s because not having a permanent place to live precludes virtually every positive social contribution, from employment to community engagement, that a homeless person might otherwise make.  (Lots more about homelessness here: That’s why here in southeastern Los Angeles County, we see our homelessness policy as both humanitarian and community-minded.  Check out our plan here:
Highways for the 21st century

Monday, July 18, 2016

President Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway system had far-reaching effects. It has proven to be a boon for jobs creation and economic development, and a blessing for drivers on the move. (More on the impacts here: But much has changed since the 1950s. Today, we also understand that freeways helped spawn urban sprawl and contribute to pollution. As the infrastructure ages, however, we have a chance to upgrade to a more sustainable model. That’s the approach we are taking here in southeastern Los Angeles County. The Gateway Cities area is bisected by I-710, and the Council of Governments recently completed a plan to...
Smarter makes stronger

Monday, July 11, 2016

The “smart growth” movement in urban planning started out as a way to improve the livability of cities with bike- and pedestrian-friendly clusters of dense communities. (Lots more ideas and info here: Today, with the growing threat of climate change, smart growth is providing new tools to help reduce greenhouse gasses that contribute to the problem. Take Los Angeles County. To cut greenhouse gasses, the Gateway Cities Council of Governments has launched an ambitious planning initiative that includes many of the foundation principles of smart growth. Check out the planning documents at
Beyond the yellow brick road

Monday, July 04, 2016

For work or for pleasure, most of us drive on highways to get where we need to go. But we seldom stop to think about how and why these roads are built and maintained—except when we hit a pothole or are delayed by road construction. The fact is that transportation planning is pretty complicated. Many factors must be weighed in creating a web of streets, roads, and highways large and small, all serving the needs of businesses and individuals. (For a detailed look at planning, check out this link: Here in southeastern Los Angeles County, transportation planning has been a key...
June Meetings Cancelled

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The following meetings have been cancelled for the month of June: STP TAC 91/605/405 TAC 91/605/405 CCC I-710 Project Committee Sorry for any inconvenience.
Service Delivery Cost Study RFP 2016

Saturday, April 09, 2016

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS GOOD GOVERNANCE SERVICE DELIVERY COST COMPARISON FOR THE GATEWAY CITIES COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS AND THESE PARTNER CITIES: DOWNEY LA MIRADA NORWALK PICO RIVERA SANTA FE SPRINGS SOUTH GATE WHITTIER Issued Date: April 7, 2016 Due Date: 5:00 p.m. on Friday May 6, 2016 Deliver to: Gateway Cities Council of Governments RE: RFP Service Delivery Cost Study 16401 Paramount Blvd. Paramount, CA 90723 Download and view complete RFP here.  
City Place developers plan new building for downtown Long Beach center

Monday, April 04, 2016

The City Place shopping center’s in-progress renovations now include plans for a new building designed to include a mix of new apartments and retail space. City Place owners representative Tony Shooshani announced plans for the building, to be named The Place at City Place, during a Thursday night event attended by members of the American Institute of Architects’ chapter for the Long Beach and South Bay areas. Click here for the complete article.
Project Committee Meeting of Thursday, March 31 is Cancelled

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Could you post under current news that the I-710 Project Committee Meeting of Thursday, March 31 is cancelled due to the Cesar Chavez holiday in Paramount.  The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 30, 6:30 at the Gateway Cities COG office 2nd floor conference room.
State of California must join cities in fight against homelessness: Guest commentary

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Finding ways to bring thousands of men, women and children off the street and prevent future homelessness is a pressing issue for cities throughout California. The size of this crisis — some 116,000 Californians homeless, 74,000 of them unsheltered — means that cities, counties and nonprofit organizations cannot face this issue alone, however. Having the state as an active partner in this effort would go a long way toward ending homelessness. Click here for the complete article.
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Long Beach Cites Progress in Finding Homes for Homeless Veterans

Monday, October 19, 2015

Long Beach is on track to join the ranks of US cities that have made sufficient housing available for every veteran in need, Mayor Robert Garcia said Wednesday. In four years, the number of homeless veterans in the city has been reduced from 309 to 94, as of the biennial survey conducted earlier this year. On average, housing is found for 12-15 a month, according to the city's figures.
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LA Metro Takes Delivery of First Zero-Emissions Electric Buses

Thursday, October 01, 2015

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) has officially taken delivery of their first 5 battery electric transit buses from BYD. LA Metro, known in the transit community as the Nation's first clean-air fleet with their conversion to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) transit buses, is now also the first major transit property in the US to begin electrifying their fleet with truly zero-emissions buses. These 40-foot buses are built by local Southern California Electric Vehicle manufacturer BYD Motors, and will be direct integrated into their daily operations, as the buses are capable of driving more than 155 miles on a...
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Intelligent Transportation Systems

“Intelligent Transportation Systems” or ITS. ITS is the application of modern computer technology to manage congestion by improving transportation, signal and other traffic systems, including goods movement for the GCOOG area. ITS improves traffic flow, air quality as well as safety.