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01 January 30, 2015 Annual workshopPAGE 1 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION–2015 ANNUAL WORKSHOP E very year, the Riverside County Transportation Commission gathers for its annual two-day workshop. During their 2015 conference, Sam Gennawey, Sr. Associate, KPA, facilitated an interactive discussion entitled “Where Do We Go From Here?” Katherine Padilla Otanez, KPA, graphically recorded the discussion. The purpose of the discussion was to establish Vision Statements, which would articulate the Commissioners’ high-level values and priorities. The Vision Statements would then help inform RCTC’s staff decisions about transportation projects, programs, and funding. Approximately twenty-three (23) commissioners participated in the session. They represented the following agencies and cities: the County of Riverside; the cities of Banning; Beaumont; Blythe; Calimesa; Corona; Desert Hot Springs; Hemet; Indian Wells; Indio; Jurupa Valley; La Quinta; Lake Elsinore; Menifee; Murrieta; Norco; Palm Desert; Palm Springs; Perris, Riverside; Temecula; and Wildomar. Chair Daryl Busch and Anne Mayer, RCTC’s Executive Director, provided an overview to set the context for the discussion that was to follow. Below is the principle product of the “Where Do We Go From Here” workshop—the Vision. The Vision is presented to address five distinct aspects of the quality of life in Riverside County: the Economics, Social, Political, Innovation, and Environmental. INTRODUCTION COMM-AWK-00006 RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION 2015 Annual Workshop PAGE 2 The Vision is followed by key questions, comments, and observations generated by Commissioners and staff. These discussion points helped shape the Vision Statements. THE WAY FORWARD FOR RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION: OUR VISION ECONOMICS: Our priority is to serve the public need. We will design and operate a transportation system that moves community members, visitors, and goods. This system will support our economy, our future prosperity and is vital to attract and retain quality jobs to our region. The public trust is vital to our mission. We operate with effective staff using state of the art technology to successfully leverage our dollars for maximum efficiency. SOCIAL: We are the people we serve. Economic prosperity and quality of life is enhanced with proper transportation. We will remain flexible in order to respond to change and opportunity. POLITICAL: Together, we are imagining and implementing an efficient transportation system for the good of all in Riverside County. INNOVATION: We operate in a dynamic environment. We want to focus on projects and allocate funds that support the quality of life in Riverside County. We collaborate in partnerships to maximize our ability to get people where they want to go and when they want to get there. ENVIRONMENTAL: We know that goods moving to, within, and through the County are vital to our economy. We are dedicated to environmental stewardship. We will use existing regional and countywide plans, such as Riverside County Integrated Project, as a framework for our decisions. We encourage the use of the most effective transportation options that mitigate the impacts on our region. We see a future where there is a balance between goods movement and our quality of life. BACKGROUND MATERIALS Wallgraphic notes – The following are the comments and questions among Commissioners which led to the Vision. What have we accomplished? • We finished the Spaghetti bowl – biggest project in the State • Passing bond measures RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION 2015 Annual Workshop PAGE 3 • Projects everywhere • Measure A passed • Cochella Valley projects completed • In spite of population growth we keep people moving and get them to their jobs • Riverside County is a leader in passing bond measures What is needed? • Improve transportation to San Jacinto Valley • Bring rail to Coachella Valley • CV Link • Multi-modal transportation on trails • Grade separations • Another road to Orange County • Being able to complete projects as envisioned • How to pay for everything over the next 25 years • Complete 79 to San Jacinto Valley • Simplify CEQA • Finish financing or secure it for Santa Ana River crossing Why we do what we do • Quality of life • Dollars moving people and goods • Answer to my kids • We will be 2nd largest county in 2025 – prepare for growth • Right thing to do • We are a full partner in economic development for the County. Everything flows on our infrastructure. It is vital. How I describe my vision • Never use the word “change.” Instead use “renovate”, “initiate”, “update”. . . • Help me - Stand with me! • It ’s Our Vision. Their vision. . .not just mine. • Change your mindset. . .congestion can be good. It means people are working, shopping, dining. . . How we inspire future leaders • We successfully involved people in our General Plan update. • Reach out to students. Let them know they need to come back after college; they can live, work, play here! RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION 2015 Annual Workshop PAGE 4 • The County has a Youth Commission. . .please talk to your County Supervisor. These are our future leaders. It’s a great program. We’ve seen amazing kids come through the program! What legacy I want to leave • I want to let young people know they are as responsible as we are. . . .this is your responsibility, as much as mine. • Pay attention to what I’m doing; it will be yours someday to do. • You can make life better. • My legacy—A healthier Coachella Valley • We are the action-sports capital of the world. - Temecula • We have become the Brew Hub – Temecula • Good foundation with values all contained in our General Plan. . . - Lake Elsinore • Our region of SW Riverside County, we have to collaborate for the good of the region. We want to become the Job Creation hub of technologies – true for much of SW Riverside County • Palm Springs was known for its past Council wants it known for its future. • Collaboration makes it so • Want to make it future-looking. . .not tied to the past. Make it diverse and fiscally sound. Palm Springs • Cherish the past - look to the future. Foundation has to incorporate that. Collaboration is important! - Corona • We’ve transformed Riverside County into a premier job creator and economic engine for the country. • We want to make children want to grow up and stay here, or go to college and return to give back. – Banning VISION STATEMENT DRAFT DEVELOPMENT Political: • “Promises made. Promises kept.” That sounds past-tense, our constituents want to know what we are going to do for the future. • We need to include Whose vision? How do we measure/judge it? • Building Riverside County’s transportation future - working together for the good of all. Preferred Draft Statement: • Together, we are envisioning and implementing Riverside County’s efficient transportation system for the good of all. • From a staff perspective—we see these vision statements as guiding principles for the difficult decisions we have to make—that we are investing in the projects and programs you want us to invest in—so we can meet these visions. – Anne Mayer RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION 2015 Annual Workshop PAGE 5 Economics: Note: The statement below refers only to how RCTC operates internally. It doesn’t address the economy of our region. These are the marching orders to staff. - Anne Mayer Our priority is to serve the public need. We design and operate a transportation system moving community members, visitors, and goods to support our economy and our future prosperity. We recognize that an efficient transportation system is vital to attract quality jobs to our region. The public trust is vital to our mission. We operate with effective staff using state of the art technology to successfully leverage our dollars for maximum efficiency. • Q. How and where will these vision statements be used? A. Internally, as staff develops plans, documents, Requests for Proposals, we can refer to them so people know what is vital to us. It is important to include the public benefit—our priority is to serve the public need - moving community members, visitors and goods to support our economy and our future. • We design and operate the transportation system that is vital to our economic future and leads to better quality jobs. Social: • We are the people we serve. Economic prosperity and quality of life is enhanced with proper transportation. We will remain flexible in order to respond to change and opportunity. • We commit to self-determination. Riverside County can be all things. Where we live, work, and play are seamlessly connected. Our valued destinations within our borders will naturally be our first choice. Innovation: • We operate in a dynamic environment. We want to focus on projects and allocate funds that support the quality of life in Riverside County. We collaborate in partnerships to maximize our ability to get people where they want to go and when they want to get there. Environmental: • We know that goods moving to, within and through our County are vital to our economy. • Environmental stewardship protecting the area’s resources and as a result our quality of life is enhanced.. . .where do we say we work in partnership to mitigate impacts? • We know that goods moving to, within, and through the County are vital to our economy. We are dedicated to environmental stewardship. We will use existing regional and county-wide plans as a framework for our decisions. We encourage the use of the most efficient modes of transportation for goods movement to mitigate the impacts on our region. We see a future where there is a balance between goods movement, mitigation measures, and our quality of life. RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION 2015 Annual Workshop PAGE 6 • Say –Encourage the use of the most efficient modes of transportation for goods movement that mitigates the impacts on us. • Staff is requesting direction on balance. . .what does this balance look like? • We aren’t making capacity investments. • Long range transportation plan is needed for goods movement. • Important lessons learned: Plan for impacts to internal streets. . .(the state of good repair takes a beating), the wear and tear that comes with growth, the weight of trucks, signalization that is needed. Be prepared. • We’ll have huge impacts even if the economy changes, takes a downturn. • Idea—the Commission needs an economic study to determine the impacts from logistics. We don’t know what we don’t know. • What role does rail play? • Maximize the use of rail for freight movement—part of the solution. There are capacity limits for the use of rail. • What do people respond to? • Dedicated truck lanes • Grade separations • Knowing what matters …we need to know what kinds of industry/types of jobs to recruit for. • The balance that staff needs from Commission… • Goods movements—economic engine, jobs…. Balance is needed to include environmental . . quality of life, sustainability, air quality • The “sweet spot” where goods movement and environmental interlink is Anne Mayers’s direction. APPENDIX A POWER POINT PRESENTATION WHERE D O WE G O FROM HERE? RIV ERS I D E C OUN TY TRAN SPO R T ATION COMMI SSI O N LOOKING BACKW A RDS TO LEA P F O R W A R D RECAP SCAG 2016 REGI ONAL TRA N S POR T A T ION PLA N SUST A I NABLE C OMMUN ITI E S PLAN RECAP O REGO N RECAP v CRITI CAL Q UESTI ONS FOR ROAD USER C H A R G I N G RECAP I T 'S K IND OF F U N TO DO THE I MPOSSIBL E W A L T DISNE Y O PTIMA L BEHA V I ORISM I ask of you and others optimal behavior, and if you behave every day, and get your work done, and do it with love, at the end of a day, a week, a month, a year, whatever, you have a feeling of optimism - because you have done your work. THE "YES, I F ..." maker. It points to what needs to be done to make the possible plausible. deal killer. Creative people thrive on ..' THE Q UES T I O N Imagine 20 years down the road we are standing at the crossroads, reec ting on the nexus of transportation; land use, economic, and environmental sustainability. WHERE THERE IS N O VIS ION , THE PEO P L E PERIS H . I N SPIRATION - PROVERBS 2 9:18 THE T ASK O F ECONOMIC DEVELO PMENT IS TO E X P O R T GOODS AN D SER V I CES AND I MPO R T W AGES AN D J O BS. I N SPIRATION - JA N E J A C OBS T R YING TO CURE TRAFF IC C O N GES T I ON WI TH MORE C A P A C I TY I S LIKE TR YING TO CURE OBES ITY BY LOO S ENI NG YOUR BEL T . I N SPIRATION - GLE N HEIMS TRA O UT OF I N TEN SE C OMPLEXITIES INTENSE SIMPLI C I TIES EMERGE. I N SPIRATION - WINST ON CHURC HILL PLANNING IS BRI N G ING THE FUTURE INTO THE PRES ENT SO THA T YOU C AN D O S O METHING A BOUT IT N O W . I N SPIRATION - GLE N HEIMS TRA IF Y O U CAN 'T E X P LAIN IT SI MPL Y , Y O U DON 'T UNDERST AND IT WEL L E NOU G H . I N SPIRATION - A L BER T EINS TEIN Y O U G O T T O BE CAREFUL I F Y O U DON'T KNO W WHERE Y O U 'RE GOI NG BECAUSE YOU MI GHT N OT G ET THERE. I N SPIRATION - Y OGI BERRA D O THE RIG HT THI NG. IT WILL G R A TIF Y S OME PEOPL E AND A S T O NISH THE RES T . I N SPIRATION - MARK T W AIN ASK Y O URS ELF What have accomplished ? What do we still need to do? WHY? ASK Y O URS ELF How do I as a Political Leader describe my vision to my constituents? How do I as a Political convey - and impart the importance - my vision so that I can inspire future leaders to carry it to fruition? What legacy do I want to leave as a visionary? P O LITICAL E C O NOMIC E N VIRONMEN T A L S O CIA L TECHNICA L THE Q UES T I O N Imagine 20 years down the road we are standing at the crossroads, reec ting on the nexus of transportation; land use, economic, and environmental sustainability. P OLITICA L Promises made, promises kept E CONOMIC Our priority is to serve the public need. We operate with an ecient sta using state of the art technology, which allows us to leverage our dollars. The public trust is vital to our mission. SOCI A L We know that economic prosperity is enhanced with proper transportation decisions. To create jobs we will support local projects, consistent with countywide transportation goals and Commission commitments, which enhance business development, local employment, and area tourism. Self-determination. Riverside County can be all things. Where we live, work, and play are seamlessly connected. Our valued destinations within our borders will naturally be our rst choice. TEC H NIC A L We want to select projects and allocate funds that support the quality of life in Riverside County . E N VIRO NMENT A L We know that goods moving to, within, and through the County are vital to our economy. We see a future where the impact of increased goods movement has been mitigated and our quality of life has been enhanced. We are dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship, protecting the everyone. Working with others, we will meet our environmental goals through thoughtful policies, advanced technologies, and education. 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