Now that the U.S. Census has decided to break out data from the San Fernando Valley and treat it as a separate statistical entity, other efforts are under way to give the community the formal recognition it has long deserved. The Southern California Association of Governments may also soon recognize the Valley as a subregion when it crunches statistical information for its reports on traffic, growth, waste management and air quality. That’s nice. Now, if only it meant more. SCAG, for all its important sounding title, isn’t able to accomplish much other than producing huge studies that few read and end up collecting dust. It’s not necessarily the group’s fault, but more of a testimonial to the inability of the region’s leaders to get together and solve some of the common problems. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Still, in this case, it’s the thought that counts.