CONNECT SGV PODCAST

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Hosted by the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, Connect SGV is a podcast that features Southern California and San Gabriel Valley leaders on their unique stories and insights on handling emerging issues. Each episode provides an opportunity for residents, city staff, elected officials, and stakeholders to learn about cities, programs, and issues impacting the quality of life in the San Gabriel Valley region. 

Episodes are posted every 2 months and the Connect SGV Podcast is available in both audio and video formats. 

EPISODE LIST

EPISODE 7: FOOTHILL TRANSIT

Released September 29, 2021

This episode features discussions with Foothill Transit Chairwoman, Cynthia Sternquist, and Foothill Transit Chief Executive Officer, Doran Barnes, on their agencies' services for San Gabriel Valley residents. The episode focuses on exploring the goals that Foothill Transit would like to accomplish over the next few years.

EPISODE 6: TINY HOMES

Released July 2, 2021

This episode features discussions with San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments Executive Director, Marisa Creter, and San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust Administrator, Brielle Acevedo, on their agencies' efforts to coordinate Tiny Home projects. The episode focuses on exploring the benefits of building Tiny Homes and the process for local jurisdictions to implement these projects.

EPISODE 5: CLEAN POWER ALLIANCE

Released April 26, 2021

This episode features discussions with Clean Power Alliance Chair, Diana Mahmud, and Executive Director, Ted Bardacke, on the Alliance's efforts to support energy efficiency and emission reduction efforts. The episode focuses on exploring the background of the Clean Power Alliance, benefits for jurisdictions to join community choice aggregates, and information on the Alliance's programs. 

EPISODE 4: REGIONAL HOUSING TRUST

Released February 22, 2021

This episode features discussions with the San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust Chair and Vice Chair, Jed Leano and Becky A. Shevlin, on the Trust's efforts to implement affordable housing projects in the San Gabriel Valley. The episode also explores the Trust's affordable housing projects and how residents and the local community can support the Trust's endeavors.

EPISODE 3: HOMELESSNESS

Released December 15, 2020

This episode features discussions with Everyone In Organizers, Allison Henry and Teresa Eilers, on homelessness issues, solutions to end homelessness in Los Angeles County, supportive housing, and rapid re-housing projects. The episode also explores how local jurisdictions can involve residents and community organizations to end homelessness in their communities.

EPISODE 2: ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Released October 21, 2020 

Energy efficiency projects play an important role in reducing a community's electricity and natural gas consumption. Tune in for this episode of the Connect SGV as we discuss energy efficiency planning with Los Angeles County Internal Services Department Environmental Initiatives Manager, Lujuana Medina, and Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator, Angie Hacker.

EPISODE 1: EMERGENCY PLANNING 

Released September 2, 2020 

Local jurisdictions play an important role in a community's emergency preparedness and response efforts. Tune in for this episode of Connect SGV as we discuss emergency planning efforts with Malibu City Manager, Reva Feldman, and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Regional Health Officer, Dr. Frank Alvarez. Ms. Feldman shares her experience leading the City of Malibu in responding to the 2018 Woolsey Fire and Dr. Alvarez shares his insights on working with residents and the community to join emergency planning efforts.