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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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...
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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.