CONNECT SGV PODCAST
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.
All Connect SGV Podcast episodes are available in both audio and video formats.
EPISODE 11: ARROYOFEST 2023
Released October 25, 2023
This episode features a conversation with ActiveSGV Special Programs Director, Wesley Reutimann, on the ArroyoFest 2023 open streets event scheduled for Sunday, October 29, 2023.
EPISODE 10: MOBILE CRISIS RESPONSE
Released August 2, 2022
This episode features discussions with L.A. CADA Program Supervisor, Joshua Heinzman, and SGVCOG Management Analyst, Sam Pedersen, on mobile crisis efforts. The episode also focuses on discussing alternative crisis response models and how they complement existing first response services.
EPISODE 9: OPEN STREETS
Released April 25, 2022
This episode features discussions with SGVCOG Executive Director, Marisa Creter, and ActiveSGV Special Programs Director, Wesley Reutimann, on active transportation, open streets, and slow streets. The episode also focuses on exploring open streets events' roles in shaping regional active transportation policies.
EPISODE 8: LA METRO
Released March 15, 2022
This episode features discussions with Pomona Mayor/Metro Board Director Tim Sandoval and Metro Board Deputy Young-Gi Kim Harabedian on Metro's role, projects, and programs in the San Gabriel Valley. The episode also focuses on exploring challenges that Metro is currently facing and how cities, residents, and communities can support Metro's goal to enhance the existing transit system and services.
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.