APRIL 2017 - The Coordinator is the bi-monthly newsletter produced by the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG).
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State Legislature Passes Landmark Funding Package for Transportation

On April 6, 2017 the California State Legislature passed a landmark road repair and transportation investment package totaling $5.24 billion per year with approximately $15.3 million per year invested in the San Luis Obispo region.

To see a summary of the legislation, including proposed allocations to the SLO region, please see SLOCOG’s press release.

Federal Transportation Funding Prognosis:

  • Infrastructure Plan is reported to be delayed until after Heath Care and Tax Reform.
  • MPO Consolidation rule is recommended for elimination (SLOCOG supports).
  • Federal funding for transportation is flat (Best Case), likely 20% cut. 
  • New funding primarily coming from public/private partnerships (tolling), with little local applicability.
  • Likely increase in regulatory relief, and streamlining.
  • Expect little funding for congestion relief, potential for some funding for Highway 46.
  • Potential loss of tax exempt status for municipal bonds.
  • Potential loss of Community Development Block grants (CDBGs).

San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) Funds $350,000 in Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Improvements

At the April board meeting, SLOCOG approved $350,000 in discretionary funding as part of its Active Transportation Partnership Plan’s Short Term Investment Strategy. Regional State Highway Account (RSHA) funds were awarded to member jurisdictions for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) infrastructure improvements.
Projects funded include:
1.   City of Arroyo Grande – Harloe Elementary School Pedestrian Access Enhancements: $50,000
2.   City of Paso Robles – Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements near Virginia Peterson Elementary School: $100,000
3.   San Luis Obispo County – Paso Robles Street Pedestrian Enhancements (Oceano Elementary): $100,000
4.   San Luis Obispo County – El Moro Pedestrian Enhancements, Los Osos (Baywood Elementary): $100,000
In San Luis Obispo (SLO) County, there are ten school districts with 74 schools educating nearly 23,000 elementary and middle school students. Each of these students interact with the transportation system every day; however, active transportation for school commuting is marginal compared to private vehicle use and below the state average, according to the recently conducted 2015 Safe Routes to School Parent Survey.

More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact Jeff Brubaker at 788-2104 or

$612,013 in Transit Funds Awarded and Reserved!

At its April 5th meeting, the SLOCOG Board awarded 3 projects in the amount of $562,013 from two different transit funding programs (Proposition 1B and Rural Transit Funds). Funding goes towards transit capital projects and to maintain existing regional transit service levels. The following projects were awarded:
  • SLO Transit Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) Upgrade System - $173,802
  • Morro Bay Transit Replacement Trolley - $88,211
  • RTA Operating Assistance 2017/18 - $300,000
The SLOCOG Board also approved a $50K reserve of Rural Transit Funds to supplement funding shortfalls should they arise for rural transit operators due to a reduction in FY 17/18 Local Transportation Funds (LTF).

More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact Tim Gillham at 781-1520 or

Transportation Development Act (TDA) fund estimate for 17/18

Annually SLOCOG apportions TDA funds to the seven cities, the County, SLOCOG and Ride-On for the upcoming fiscal year. These funds are made up of Local Transportation Funds (LTF) and State Transit Assistance (STA). LTF is derived from ¼ cent collected in retail sales taxes. STA is a portion of the sales tax on diesel tax.

For 17/18, the County Auditor has estimated LTF, after adjustment, at $12,369,000, almost flat compared to the previous year. An STA estimate has been received from the State Controller’s office which totals $1,140,519, a 10% increase over prior year. Thus, the combined LTF/STA estimate is $13,509,519.

Because of fluctuations in LTF deposits, the Board has approved a fund reserve of $604,300. The amount then available to allocate to the jurisdictions (Table A below) is essentially flat compared to the previous year.

After deductions for the reserve and other required allocations, but before allocations to the San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority and South County Transit, the apportionments are shown in Table A. The proposed STA allocations are shown in Table B.

There was extensive discussion around allocations to Ride-On Transportation. The SLOCOG Board accepted SLOCOG’s revised recommendation to allocate Ride-On the full 5% of LTF allowed by TDA Statute for 6 months, and instructed SLOCOG staff to go out to bid for CTSA service level contracts to be effective January 1, 2018. This recommendation seeks to increase accountability while maintaining service levels. In June, SLOCOG staff expects to discuss further details on the implementation of this recommendation.

More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact Pete Rodgers at 781-5712 or

Data Services Update

At its April 5th meeting, the SLOCOG Board received an information item on a number of activities of the Data Services Program. Regional transportation planning and analysis require a significant amount of data from disparate data sources. Data variables of interest include population and sociodemographic, land use, housing, and employment, among others. To get a handle on the wide ranging datasets, SLOCOG staff has initiated a Regional Data Center webpage, meant to be a “one stop shop” for many datasets that relate to San Luis Obispo County, organized under ten themes. SLOCOG also published a Building Permit Survey Data Summary Report (2000-2014), which aims to address the quantity, location, type, and price of housing built in the 15-year time frame.

More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact Geoffrey Chiapella at 781-5190,; or Daniel Audelo at 781-5724,

National Association of Regional Councils, Washington DC Conference (February 2017)

The NARC conference was attended by Executive Director Ronald De Carli and Board member Fred Strong. See summary of proceedings and key issues in Consent Agenda, item D-14.


101 Central Coast Coalition Lobby Day, Sacramento, CA (March 8, 2017)

Attendees included the Executive Directors of the five counties on the central coast, and two to three elected representatives. SLOCOG Board Members Fred Strong and Debbie Arnold participated. The Coalition met with Administrative and Legislative staff and member agency State Elected officials. Conversations primarily focused on transportation funding and the impending SB 1 and AB 496 legislative bills.

SLOCOG 17/18 Overall Work Program and Budget Approved

The SLOCOG Board approved the SLOCOG Draft 17/18 OWP and Budget at its April Board meeting.

More information can be found in the staff report.


Down the Road...

The next scheduled meeting of the SLOCOG Board will be held at the San Luis Obispo County Government Center, 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017. 

Upcoming items:
  • Draft Public Involvement Plan
  • TDA Triennial Performance Audit
  • Final 2050 Regional Growth Forecast
ADA accommodations may be requested by contacting SLOCOG offices at 781-4219. Please note that 48 hours advance notice is necessary to accommodate your request. 
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The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) is an area-wide planning and programming agency for issues of regional concern. SLOCOG is also the federal-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the state-designated Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA), the Service Authority for Freeways and Expressways (SAFE), the Census Data Affiliate (CDA) and the Regional Ridesharing Program for the San Luis Obispo Region. Member agencies and their designated representatives are listed below:
President - Lynn Compton (District 4)
Vice President - Jamie Irons (Morro Bay)

District 1 Supervisor - John Peschong
District 2 Supervisor - Bruce Gibson
District 3 Supervisor - Adam Hill
District 4 Supervisor - Lynn Compton
District 5 Supervisor - Debbie Arnold

Executive Director - Ron DeCarli

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          Atascadero - Tom O'Malley, Mayor

          Grover Beach - John Shoals, Mayor

          Morro Bay - Jamie Irons, Mayor

          Paso Robles - Fred Strong, Councilmember

          Pismo Beach - Ed Waage, Mayor

          San Luis Obispo - Dan Rivoire, Councilmember

          Ex-Officio, Caltrans District 5 - Timothy Gubbins