ABAG Governance: General Assembly

The purpose of the General Assembly is to determine policy matters for the Association, including adoption of the annual general budget and summary work program. Other functions include reviews of major policy actions and recommendations of the Executive Board; establish annual membership fee for all members of the Association each year upon adoption of the annual budget; and reviews fundamental changes and adopts amendments to the Bylaws of the Association.

Any official representative may, at any meeting, propose a subject of consideration by the Association. The General Assembly may take action upon such proposals, determine whether a study will be made, or may refer the matter to the Executive Board.

The General Assembly is composed of delegates (or the alternate) from each member city and county. Alternates must be elected officials from the jurisdiction they represent—except for the City of San Francisco, where the mayor may appoint as his or her alternate any officer of that government. Delegates serve at the pleasure of their appointing agencies. Each member city and county has one vote in the General Assembly. San Francisco is counted as both a city and county for the purposes of membership. Votes are tabulated separately for county representatives and for city representatives, with a majority vote of each group required for action or adoption of policy recommendations.

General Assembly leadership includes the President of ABAG, Vice President, Immediate Past President, Secretary-Treasurer (ABAG Executive Director serves this function), and Legal Counsel.

The General Assembly and Business Meeting is held annually in April. The business meeting portion requires the attendance of GA delegates or the alternate from each jurisdiction. The conference portion of the event explores and discusses issues of regional significance and is attended by business and civic leaders, elected officials, academic scholars, city planners and private citizens.

A major highlight of the General Assembly is the presentation of the ABAG Regional Growing Smarter Together Awards, which showcases planning and development at the local level that advance projects for sustainable communities and promote "focused" growth principles in the Bay Area. Video profiles of the 2015 award winners can be viewed at http://www.abag.ca.gov/smarter/2015/smarter15.html.

Each year, the conference explores key issues that impact our region. Past topics have examined Sharing Best Practices Around Creating Complete Communities, Drought Protection, and Water Management; Access to Jobs and Housing; and Planning for People and Places.

Meetings: Meets annually, usually in April.