Regional Membership Associations

The Calimesa City Council are members and participate in several regional boards spanning across Southern California.  The following will provide you with information of each of the Regional agencies that the City Council participates in on behalf of the City.  Links to each of the organizations are listed as well to provide you with additional information of each of the organizations.

Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) 

The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) is governed by your elected representatives: One from each city council and all five County Supervisors within Riverside County, plus a representative of Caltrans.  RCTC uses Measure A sales tax dollars fund transportation improvements projects within Riverside County. RCTC is responsible for delivering on Measure A's promises to the taxpayers of Riverside County.

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Riverside Transit Agency (RTA)

The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) is the Consolidated Transportation Service Agency for western Riverside County and is responsible for coordinating transit services throughout the approximate 2,500 square mile service area, providing driver training, assistance with grant applications and development of Short Range Transit Plans (SRTPs).

RTA provides both local and regional services throughout the region with 33 fixed routes, four CommuterLink express routes, and Dial-A-Ride services using 334 vehicles. In the cities of Corona, Beaumont and Banning, RTA coordinates regional services with municipal transit systems. In Riverside, RTA coordinates with the city's Riverside Special Services, which provides ADA complementary service to RTA's fixed-route services.

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Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is a Joint Powers Authority under California state law, established as an association of local governments and agencies that voluntarily convene as a forum to address regional issues. Under federal law, SCAG is designated as a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and under state law as a Regional Transportation Planning Agency and a Council of Governments.

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Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG)

The purpose of the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) is to unify Western Riverside County so that it can speak with a collective voice on important issues that affect its members. Representatives from 18 cities, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, and the Eastern and Western Municipal Water Districts, have seats on the WRCOG Executive Committee, the group that sets policy for the organization, and the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools is an ex-officio member.

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Riverside Conservation Authority

As Riverside County’s population continues to grow, it is increasingly important to conserve land for native animals and plants. The Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority was created in 2004 to implement the Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan or MSHCP, one of largest such plans in the nation. The MSHCP streamlines the environmental permitting process for needed infrastructure like transportation and housing projects, resulting in improved efficiency and certainty, cost savings, and support for the local economy. One of the MSHCP requirements is to form a 500,000-acre habitat reserve for 146 native species – of which 34 are endangered or threatened. Through careful and deliberate land acquisition, the RCA is on track to meet its goal to preserve 500,000 acres. As of 2022, more than 82 percent of the reserve is complete.

In addition to the RCA’s core activity of acquiring reserve lands, the RCA also manages the lands it acquires to ensure animals and plants thrive, monitors “habitat loss” and the behavior and welfare of protected plants and animals, reviews applications for infrastructure or development projects and publishes an annual report.

Local Development Mitigation Fees (LDMF) and other funding sources (tipping fees, public project and participating special entity fees) pay for RCA’s core activities.  In January 2021, the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) became the managing agency for the RCA. RCTC administers and coordinates RCA-related activities.

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