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LOS ANGELES-A blistering new report released by Southern California’s largest planning organization says LA and its neighboring five counties have failed to adequately address a rash of key infrastructure problems, and that the long-term health of the region’s economy could be jeopardized if concrete progress isn’t made soon.

The report was released by the Southern California Association of Governments, a nonprofit group that includes a range of planning and other professionals from both the public and private sector. Commonly known as SCAG, the group tries to find regional solutions to problems facing LA, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial counties.

In the group’s annual year-end “report card,” SCAG says the region has failed to make any significant progress over the past three years in several key areas—including transportation, education and construction of affordable housing.

The region’s transportation system, which recently ranked last in a study of 68 US metropolitan areas, was given a D on SCAG’s report card. The public school system also rated a D, with the report noting that only one of every three students that graduate from high school are prepared to enter either the California State University system or the University of California system.

Government efforts to provide affordable housing received a C-minus. “Southern California is presently in the midst of a housing crisis which, if not addressed quickly, could threaten our future economic prosperity and impede social progress,” LA Planning Commissioner Mitchell B. Menzer said in the 130-page report.

Not all of the region’s grades were bad: SCAG gave the region’s air quality, job growth and public safety grades of B or better. But other experts say the sluggish economy has caused the region’s job growth rate to slow dramatically over the past few months and has also contributed to a recent increase in some types of crime.

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