[CSSD] Don't forget to register for next week's Randall Lewis Seminar Series

Rick Burnham Rick.Burnham at ucr.edu
Thu May 10 09:32:31 PDT 2012

CSSD Newsletter
      May 2012 
      Randall Lewis Seminar Series - Thursday, May 17, 2012
      Sustainable Mobility:
      A Regional Transportation Plan for Southern California
      Every four years, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) develops a regional transportation plan that provides a vision for Southern California transportation investments over the next 20 years or more. 

      On April 4, SCAG’s Regional Council adopted the latest of these plans, known as the 2012-2035 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director of SCAG, will provide an overview of the plan and highlight what it will mean to the Inland region and all of Southern California at the May 17 Randall Lewis Seminar Series. 

      The seminar will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Conference Room B, UCR Extension Building, 1200 University Ave. in Riverside. 

      The 2012-2035 plan includes more than $500 billion of investments in a variety of transportation infrastructure, including bus rapid transit, light rail, bikeways, commuter rail, sidewalk improvements, goods movement improvements and extending High-Occupancy Vehicle freeway lane systems. When fully implemented, the plan could produce 500,000 jobs annually, reduce greenhouse gases nine percent by 2020 and 16 percent by 2035, and reduce traffic delays by one-third, SCAG officials say. 

      Using growth forecasts and economic trends, the Regional Transportation Plan considers the role of transportation in a more holistic light, including economic factors, environmental issues and quality-of-life goals. The plan is updated every four years to reflect changes in economic trends, state and federal requirements, progress made on projects and adjustments for population and jobs. 

      A new element in the latest Regional Transportation Plan is the Sustainable Communities Strategy, which demonstrates the integration of land use, transportation strategies and transportation investments within the Regional Transportation Plan. This new requirement was put in place with the 2008 passage of SB 375, with the goal of ensuring that the SCAG region meets regional greenhouse gas reduction targets set by the California Air Resources Board. 

      About the Speaker 

      Hasan Ikhrata has served as the Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) since January 2008. Mr. Ikhrata has over 25 years of public and private sector experience in Transportation Planning in the Southern California Region. 

      Prior to joining SCAG in 1994, Mr. Ikhrata worked for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for four years. While there he developed a comprehensive Transportation Control Measure/Transportation Demand Management program for the MTA and 88 cities in the county. 

      Mr. Ikhrata worked for the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) for four years, managing transportation and air quality related projects. He headed the evaluation of various components of Regulation XV, the nation’s first mandatory employer-based trip reduction program designed to reduce commute-related automobile travel. 

      Mr. Ikhrata holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil and Industrial Engineering from Zaporozhye University in the former Soviet Union; a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA, and a PhD Candidacy in Urban Planning and Transportation from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. 

      Seminar: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012

      Conf. Rm. B, UCR Extension Bldg., 1200 University Ave., Riverside (See MAP)

      The seminars are free of charge. 

      If you plan to attend, registration is required at:

      or contact Judy Swineford, 951-827-7945

      About Randall Lewis 

      Randall Lewis is well known for his innovative approaches to planning, designing, and marketing residential communities as Executive Vice President of the Upland-based Lewis Group of Companies. 

      He is regarded as an industry leader in promoting the arts, education, healthy living and sustainable development initiatives. He has been President of the Inland Empire Arts Foundation, Secretary of the Los Angeles County Citizens Planning Council, director of the HomeBuilder's Council, and national director of the National Association of HomeBuilders. 

      Mr. Lewis was named in the Los Angeles Times 2006 “West 100” list as one of the top 100 influential people in southern California. He has also received the California Business Properties Association Champion of the Industry Award and has been inducted into the California Building Industry Association Hall of Fame. 

      Mr. Lewis is a long time ULI member as well as a Governor of the ULI Foundation. He serves on several executive boards, including the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development, the UCLA School of Public Policy, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Institute Advisory Council, Cal Poly Pomona’s National Development Council, and co-chairs the San Bernardino County Alliance for Education. 

      He is recognized as an expert in the real estate industry and is frequently quoted in various newspapers, magazines and trade journals. Randall has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. 

      He received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College. 
      Center for Sustainable Suburban Development
      University of California, Riverside 
      B101 Highlander Hall Riverside, CA 92521
      Phone: 951.827.4103

      Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research 

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