The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) are currently discussing the future of land use and transportation planning in the region and how to increase collaboration, up to and including full merger. In January 2016, the Joint ABAG Administrative Committee - MTC Planning Committee hired Management Partners to conduct a study for a merger action implementation plan (AIP), which is due July 1, 2016.
The study examined the policy, management, financial and legal issues associated with further integration of ABAG and MTC, up to and including institutional merger between MTC and ABAG. Management Partners presented an analysis of seven options to the Joint ABAG Administrative Committee - MTC Planning Committee on Friday, April 22, 2016. See the full report for more information.
At the April 22nd meeting, the Joint ABAG Administrative Committee-MTC Planning Committee stated a preference for Option Seven and authorized Management Partners to begin to outline an AIP based on that option.
An ABAG Special General Assembly was held on May 19th to discuss merger and vote on a recommendation to the ABAG Executive Board. After three hours of lively discussion over whether to support Option 4 or Option 7, the delegates voted to approve the ABAG staff report, dated May 6, 2016, which recommended support of both Option 4 and Option 7 with additional principles attached. The staff report stated that Option 4 was the best option but included Option 7 as the preferred alternative if MTC could not support Option 4 at this time.
The motion was then amended to add a requirement that the successor to the current Executive Director of MTC would also report to the ABAG Executive Board. Of the 51 cities and 6 counties present at the time of the vote, the cities voted 28 to 23 to support the staff recommendation (Options 4 and 7) while the counties voted 4 to 2. The staff report is included below.
After the Special General Assembly, additional discussions occurred at the ABAG Executive Board meeting on May 19th, where the Executive Board voted 27 to 2 to adopt Resolution No. 07-16 (supporting Option 4 and Option 7) and Attachment A (the principles). The resolution and attachment are posted below.
Two substantive amendments to the resolution as initially presented were also approved at the Executive Board meeting. The first added the following clause: "Resolved, that the successor to the current Executive Director of MTC shall be appointed by, and report to, the ABAG Executive Board and the Commission of MTC."
The second amendment added the following language at the end of Principle E in Attachment 1 of Resolution No. 07-16: "ABAG's Executive Board is generally supportive of the worker protection requested by SEIU in its letter to the ABAG Administrative Committee dated May 3, 2016, subject to refinement of specific timing and implementation issues, and will refer this 10-point Worker Protection Plan from SEIU to the Employee Relations Committee called for in the Implementation Action Plan (IAP)."
MERGER UPDATE 6/27/16
With ABAG Special Executive Board meeting on June 16th, and MTC's Commission meeting on June 22nd, certain conditions established by Resolution 4210 have now been met and the Merger Implementation Action Plan has been adopted.
Under the terms of Resolution 4210, once both the ABAG Executive Board and Commission of MTC vote to adopt the Option 7 Implementation Action Plan, those sections of Resolution 4210 that would have, on July 1, 2016, transferred 13 ABAG planners to MTC and reduced MTC's planning grant to ABAG are pre-empted and the related proposed actions are voided.
At ABAG's Special Executive Board meeting, Resolution 08-16 was passed (posted shortly). This action adopts the Option 7 — Implementation Action Plan with the attached Worker Protection Principles, and
- Authorizes staff to conduct negotiations with MTC for a Contract for Services in accordance with principles adopted under ABAG Executive Board Resolution 07-16 and report back to the Executive Board on a timely basis regarding progress on such negotiations and to present recommendations on a Contract for Services between ABAG and MTC.
- Authorizes ABAG's President, in consultation with the ABAG Administrative Committee, to appoint members of the Executive Board to conduct negotiations of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in accordance with the above mentioned principles and to report back to the Executive Board on a timely basis regarding the progress of such negotiations and to present recommendations on an MOU between ABAG and MTC.
The MTC at its Wednesday, June 22nd meeting approved the Implementation Action Plan for MTC/ABAG Merger Study, Option 7 and took Related Financial Actions that included:
- Approval of the Implementation Action Plan (IAP) to guide Option 7 implementation (the consolidation of all staff functions of MTC and ABAG within MTC under one executive director and consideration of Governance options).
- Approval of a $1.9 million funding agreement to support ABAG planning functions through December 31, 2016.
- Approval of a $250,000 contract with Public Financial Management to support financial due diligence called for in the IAP.
- Approval of a $250,000 contract with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP to conduct legal due diligence called for in the IAP.
MTC's Chair Dave Cortese suggested that MTC approve an amendment "referring SEIU's Worker Protection Principles and MTC's Committee for Staff Representation comments into the record to the new ABAG/MTC Joint Labor Relations Committee for discussion." MTC voted to approve that amendment. ABAG's Executive Board had included SEIU's Worker Protection Principles in its formal approval of the Option 7 Implementation Action Plan (IAP) on June 16th, along with the Guiding Principles it had previously adopted.
Under the terms of Resolution 4210, if both the ABAG Executive Board and Commission of MTC vote to adopt the Implementation Action Plan, the sections of Resolution 4210 that would have, on July 1, 2016, transferred 13 ABAG planners to MTC and dramatically reduced MTC's planning grant to ABAG will be pre-empted and the proposed actions will be voided.
Reference material is available below and in addition, the Management Partners website, http://www.mtcabagmergerstudy.com/, will provide more detailed information as it becomes available.
For more information, please contact ABAG's front desk at 415-820-7900 and ask to speak to Communications Staff.
- ABAG Executive Board Meeting, June 16, 2016
- MTC Commission Meeting, May 25, 2016
- Special General Assembly, May 19, 2016
- ABAG Executive Board Meeting, May 19, 2016
- Third Hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Regional Planning for the San Francisco Bay Area, Friday, May 20, 2016, 10:00 am
- May 10, 2016: Email, Ezra Rapport to ABAG Elected Officials
- May 6, 2016: Memo, Ezra Rapport to ABAG Executive Board
- April 29, 2016: Letter, Former ABAG Executive Directors Revan Tranter, Eugene Leong, and Henry Gardner
- April 28, 2016: Email, Julie Pierce
- April 29, 2016: Key Merger Discussion Dates
- April 21, 2016: Letter, Assembly Members Thurmond, Gordon, Levine, Bonilla, and Ting
- Friday, April 22, 2016, 9:00 AM
Joint MTC Planning Committee with the ABAG Administrative Committee — Merger Study
- Assembly Select Committee Hearing, Friday, April 8, 2016, 10:00 AM
- May 17, 2016: Merger Implementation Plan, Management Partners
- April 18, 2016: Update on ABAG/MTC Merger Process, Julie Pierce
- April 15, 2016: ABAG Regional Planning and Research Staff Memo
- February 11, 2016: Merger Website
- February 11, 2016: Merger Study Information Sheet
- November 3, 2015: Review of MTC Discussion of the Financial Impact of the Transfer of Planners from ABAG to MTC
- January 2001: ABAG: A Concise History
- June 3, 2016: The Mercury News, Daniel Borenstein NEW 6/6/16
- May 28, 2016: Daily Republic, Todd R. Hansen
- May 22, 2016: Daily Republic, Todd R. Hansen
- May 21, 2016: Marin Independent Journal, Dick Spotswood
- May 19, 2016: San Francisco Chronicle, Revan Tranter
- May 17, 2016: TriplePundit, Nithin Coca
- May 16, 2016: 48 Hills, Zelda Bronstein
- May 14, 2016: Marin Independent Journal, Dick Spotswood
- May 6, 2016: Daily Republic, Todd R. Hansen
- May 5, 2016: Daily Republic, Todd R. Hansen
- May 2, 2016: San Francisco Chronicle, Marc Levine
- April 15, 2016: The Marin Post, Zelda Bronstein
- February 26, 2016: Berkeley Daily Planet, Becky O'Malley
- January 21, 2016: 48 Hills, Zelda Bronstein
- January 15, 2016: San Francisco Chronicle, Jim Wunderman
- January 15, 2016: San Francisco Chronicle, Egon Terplan
- May 18, 2016: Letter, City of Novato
- May 18, 2016: Letter, City of Vallejo
- May 10, 2016: Letter, City of Hayward
- May 13, 2016: Central Labor Council Contra Costa County AFL-CIO NEW 6/6/16
- May 11, 2016: Letter, Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO
- May 10, 2016: Letter, San Francisco Labor Council
- May 3, 2016: Letter, Service Employees International Union Local 2021
- February 26, 2016: Letter, Napa-Solano Central Labor Council
- February 17, 2016: Letter, North Bay Labor Council
- January 20, 2016: Letter, San Francisco Labor Council
- January 14, 2016: Letter, Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO
- January 13, 2016: Letter, Central Labor Council of Contra Costa County AFL-CIO
- May 17, 2016: Letter, Sharon McCreadie
- May 17, 2016: Letter, Vina Maharaj
- May 16, 2016: Email, Marci Loss
- May 19, 2016: Letter, Patricia Perry
- May 14, 2016: Email, Terry Bursztynsky
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