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Public Input Sought on CEQA Document

The Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) announces the release of two documents related to the Guidelines Implementing the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The first document is a draft technical advisory regarding AB52 and new requirements related to tribal cultural resources and CEQA. Public input is sought on this document by June 1, 2015. Please visit our CEQA webpage for related materials and the link for public comments. 

The second document is a summary of comments regarding CEQA Guidelines on analysis of transportation impacts under CEQA. A revised draft for public review will be released in the near future.


San Bernardino Archaeological Information Center Closing Permanently April 13, 2015

The San Bernardino Archaeological Information Center (SBCIC) at the San Bernardino County Museum was closed as of April 13th, 2015. The SBCIC portion of the CHRIS inventory (all of San Bernardino County), in-progress records searches, and other SBCIC materials have been transferred to the South Central Coastal Information Center at CSU Fullerton. There were some scheduling delays in the transfer, and SCCIC staff are currently incorporating the materials into their existing inventory. The SCCIC will begin processing staff-conducted records searches for San Bernardino County on Monday, May 11th. The San Bernardino County portion of the SCCIC inventory will be available for use by In-House (user-conducted) records searches on Monday, May 18th. Those wishing to schedule  In-House records searches at the SCCIC for San Bernardino County may do so immediately. 

You may currently submit records search requests for Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties to the SCCIC, or schedule an In-House search appointment if you are a qualified consultant.  Space is limited to two clients at a time during this transition.  The SCCIC is booking AM, PM or All-Day appointments as needed to accommodate in-house clients.  

Please call 657.278.5395 or email sccic@fullerton.edu to find out more about access to the SCCIC, to schedule an appointment, submit a records search request, or find out about current records search turnaround times. Additional information about the SCCIC is available at the SCCIC website.


Preserve Latino History!

After a two-year collaborative process with representatives of California's Latino communities, the Office of Historic Preservation is pleased to announce the creation of Latinos in Twentieth Century California, a historic context that recognizes the contributions of Latinos to the more recent history of California. The Latinos in Twentieth Century California project seeks to identify properties throughout California associated with Latino history and nominate many of those properties to the National Register of Historic Places. Please visit our Preserve Latino History webpage to find out how you can participate in identifying and nominating significant properties.


OHP Goals for 2015

Per the direction contained in the State Historic Preservation Plan, the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) has prepared a statement of annual goals for the 2014-2015 federal fiscal year, which includes a list of projects and activities the office will undertake this year in support of the State Plan. For specific questions about the goals, a staff contact is included for each project or activity listed in the statement, while more general questions can be directed to the State Historic Preservation Officer, Carol Roland-Nawi, PhD, or Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Jenan Saunders.


Free Webinars from the OHP

Our office, in partnership with the California Preservation Foundation (CPF), is pleased to offer free webinars, covering some of the topics and issues most often asked about the OHP and historic preservation in California. Please visit our Training and Workshops webpage for the full schedule of OHP webinars. 


California SHPO Receives Federal Grant

California's Office of Historic Preservation is among thirteen recipients nationwide to receive matching grants from the U.S. Department of the Interior. The grants are given in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month and to help increase the number of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places that are associated with Latinos and other underrepresented communities. California's $30,079 grant will enable the nomination of seven to twenty properties associated with 20th century Latino history to the National Register as part of the state's Preserve Latino History Initiative. Visit the Department of the Interior's website to learn more about the grant program and see a list of the thirteen recipients.


Section 106 Success Stories

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is creating a collection of Section 106 Success Stories as part of their preparations to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act in 2016. The Section 106 stories will be used to highlight the benefits and importance of this program in protecting treasured historical resources. Click here to learn how to nominate a project as a success story, or email your suggestions to 106stories@achp.gov.


Disasters - Planning, Response, and Recovery

In light of the recent Napa earthquake we wanted to put up this reminder that the OHP is prepared to provide assistance and updated information to assist disaster responders, local officials, owners, and the public on historic property damage issues as a result of a disaster. Please visit our Disasters and Historic Resources webpage to learn about planning for and responding to all types of disasters.


Certified Local Government Grants Awarded for 2014-2015

The Office of Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that five cities and counties will receive $172,000 in federal grants to assist local historic preservation programs. This year, for the first time, the OHP raised the maximum grant from $25,000 to $40,000. Please visit our Certified Local Government webpage to see a complete list of the 2014-2015 grant recipients.