News at ABAG


Posted Monday, August 20, 2018

Your Road Repair and Transit Funding At Risk



During the ABAG General Assembly, President Rabbitt described the possible impact of the November ballot measure to repeal the gas tax, which is also known as Proposition 6. He referenced a handout in in the GA packet discussing what each of jurisdictions has to lose if the repeal passes. Take a look at the updated handout
here.a href="https://abag.ca.gov/events/ga/2018/SB1_LSR%20Detail_handout_8.5x11.pdf.

Posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018

ABAG and MTC Executive Director Steven Heminger Announces Retirement



Steve Heminger, executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) since 2001 and of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) since July 2017, today notified the Commission's Executive Committee that he will retire from both positions on February 28, 2019.

A committee of elected officials will guide selection of Heminger's successor.

Heminger, 58, has served as MTC's Executive Director since 2001. He joined the MTC staff in 1993 as manager of Legislation and Public Affairs, and was elevated to deputy executive director in 1999 before assuming the top staff position two years later.

MTC is the transportation planning, funding and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. ABAG is the regional planning agency for the Bay Area's nine counties and 101 cities and town, and is recognized as the first council of governments in California.

Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Special Issue of Estuary News - Deep Dive into Resilient by Design



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The latest special issue of ESTUARY News magazine, takes a deep dive into the 2017-2018 Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge.

- Read stories about how nine Bay communities, infrastructure, and flood facilities can adapt to the nearly new normal a one to six-foot rise in sea level by 2100, with accelerating rates of rise mid-century.
- Get answers to questions about regional governance, integrated permitting, and financing for restoration and adaptation.

View the June 2018 Estuary News PDF at https://abag.ca.gov/events/ghttp://www.sfestuary.org/estuary-news-/estuary-news-june-2018/.

Posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Video Highlights from ABAG Spring General Assembly



Nearly 150 attendees from local governments throughout the nine county San Francisco Bay Area attended the ABAG Spring 2018 General Assembly and Business Meeting on May 31, 2018. View the highlight video, along with other conference materials at https://abag.ca.gov/events/ga/2018/.

The General Assembly brings together ABAG's member towns, cities and counties once a year to review and approve the Association's budget and work program for the coming fiscal year, as well as to discuss urgent policy issues facing the region.

The overarching theme of this year's program was resilience. Major topics covered included recovery lessons from the North Bay Wildfires, adaptation strategies for floods and sea level rise, earthquake preparedness, and energy programs.

Representatives from 59 cities and five counties, sufficient to meet quorum requirements, attended the Business Meeting portion of the program, which gave approval to ABAG's annual general budget and updated its bylaws. Video of this meeting can be viewed at http://baha.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=3c9b8bb8-65d2-11e8-8074-00505691de41.

Posted Tuesday, June 5, 2018

May Map of the Month: When Will Bay Area Cities Reach Plan Bay Area 2040 Housing Targets?



May's Map of the Month from ABAG and MTC Executive Director Steve Heminger looks at what year cities around the Bay Area are anticipated to reach their housing growth forecasts, assuming the annualized housing production rate since 2010 doesn't change. More at https://mtc.ca.gov/whats-happening/news/report-commission-and-abag-executive-board-may-23-2018.

Posted Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Bay Area's Fastest Growing Cities and Towns



The Census Bureau last week released 2017 population estimates for the nation's cities and towns, showing that cities in the South (especially Texas) and the West are posting the largest gains.

What about closer to home here in the Bay Area? Which jurisdictions are seeing the fastest growth in percentage terms and which jurisdictions are seeing the largest numeric increases in population? Although none of the nine county region's cities and towns made any of the nationwide "Top 15" lists, a number of locations saw steady or even - dare we say it - moderate growth.

Since 2016, this population growth, both numerically and in percentage terms, has been especially concentrated in Solano, Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

As shown in the below table, jurisdictions posting population increases of approximately three percent or more since 2016 include Rio Vista (Solano County), Gilroy (Santa Clara County), Newark (Alameda County), and Brentwood (Contra Costa County). Approximately three-quarters of these Top 15 fastest-growing locations are in either the East Bay or Solano County.

Top 15 fastest growing cities and towns
Source: U.S. Census 2017 Population Estimates

Share of Top 15 Fastest Growing Bay Area Cities and Towns by County

Solano 27%
Contra Costa 27%
Alameda 20%
San Mateo 13%
Santa Clara 13%



In terms of the largest numeric population gains, jurisdictions posting increases of 2,000 or more residents since 2016 include the region's three largest cities (San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose) as well as Gilroy, as shown in the below table. As with the jurisdictions seeing the fastest percentage growth, approximately three-quarters of the Top 15 locations seeing the largest growth are in either the East Bay or Solano County.


Top 15 largest growing cities and towns
Source: U.S. Census 2017 Population Estimates

Share of Top 15 Bay Area Cities and Towns With the Largest Population Increase by County

Alameda 33%
Contra Costa 20%
Solano 20%
Santa Clara 13%
San Francisco 7%
San Mateo 7%



Finally, the below table lists the Top 15 most populous Bay Area cities and towns as of 2017. There are no major surprises here, although it is noteworthy that some of these cities - such as Richmond, Santa Rosa, Sunnyvale and Daly City - are barely growing or even declining in population. Importantly, these population estimates from the Census Bureau do not take into account the North Bay Wildfires of last fall, which means Santa Rosa's current population is likely even lower than figure presented here.

Top 15 Largest cities and towns
Source: U.S. Census 2017 Population Estimates

To find out more about changes in your own community, visit American Fact Finder on the Census website, .

Posted Friday, April 20, 2018

New Resources Available to Assist In Building Bay Area Community and Business Resilience



The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and its many partners, including the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), unveiled a new scenario and public outreach campaign to showcase what could happen during a major earthquake in the San Francisco Bay area along the Hayward Fault and help the public to prepare for and recover from an earthquake. The HayWired Earthquake Scenario is intended to building awareness of earthquake risk. The campaign is to help Bay Area residents understand what they can do to mitigate the impact of an earthquake, and how to bounce back once the shaking stops. The public-engagement campaign - Outsmart Disaster - offers many resources, including a new fact sheet, on-line at https://outsmartdisaster.com/.

"ABAG is pleased to have worked with USGS and the other partners to develop the Haywired Scenario. Being able to share the potential impacts, before it happens, can help our cities, towns and counties to be better prepared. Bay Area residents now have access to the latest science in their efforts to become even better prepared," said Supervisor David Rabbitt, ABAG President and California Seismic Safety Commissioner.

ABAG Resilience Program
The ABAG Resilience Program has been focused on developing resources for Bay Area residents and jurisdictions for over 40 years. The agency has a number of key resources to help jurisdictions address earthquake risks, available on the Resilience website. The Joint ABAG/Metropolitan Transportation Commission Integrated Regional Planning Program is a HayWired Project Partner. Agency staff researched the economic impact of the scenario, and also have shared early lessons at meetings of Bay Area cities.

"As the Executive Director of MTC-ABAG, I am pleased to commit that we will continue the Resilience Program's work, such as participating in HayWired's development," commented Steve Heminger, MTC-ABAG Executive Director. Heminger added, "We will continue to support the region in preparing for the next big earthquake. We will continue to strengthen local, regional, state and federal partnerships to bring more resources to the region to expand resilience actions. The regional agencies are here to support action by Bay Area communities."

What is the HayWired Scenario? And Why?
The HayWired Scenario is a highly detailed and scientifically realistic depiction of what may happen during and after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on the Hayward Fault with an epicenter in Oakland. Understanding the risk and getting ready for a large earthquake on the Hayward Fault like the one depicted in this scenario can help at-risk communities prepare for similar events that are possible in their area.

Without good communications, emergency-response will be hampered and life-saving response functions can be compromised. "HayWired" was chosen for the scenario to emphasize the need to examine our interconnectedness and reliance on telecommunications and other lifelines such as water and electricity.

HayWired Earthquake Scenario
The newly released USGS Fact Sheet, "The HayWired Earthquake Scenario - We Can Outsmart Disaster," provides a concise overview of what will be a multi-volume report. The Fact Sheet distills key points of the report and provides the first glimpse of a truly groundbreaking study into earthquake hazard impacts, mitigation efforts, and resiliency actions for communities in and around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Without good communications, emergency-response efficiency is reduced, and as a result, life-saving response functions can be compromised. "HayWired" was chosen for the scenario to emphasize the need to examine our interconnectedness and reliance on telecommunications and other lifelines such as water and electricity.

ABAG encourages members to share the Outsmart Disaster website with their residents and local businesses - https://outsmartdisaster.com/

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2018

$18 Million in Measure AA Funding Allocated to Restoration Projects in the San Francisco Bay



On April 11, the Governing Board of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority approved eight grants totaling nearly $18 million for wetland restoration in the Bay funded by Measure AA, the San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Measure. The eight grants approved provide multiple benefits, and prioritize nature-based solutions to create flood protection and public access, in addition to the primary aim of restoring habitat and natural processes.

Full details on each project can be found in the meeting agenda posted here: http://sfbayrestore.org/packets/2018-04-11/Agenda.htm.

The next RFP will be announced in Fall 2018; federal, state, and local agencies; tribal governments; nonprofit organizations; and owners or operators of shoreline parcels in the San Francisco Bay Area, excluding the Delta primary zone are encouraged to apply! To stay informed about future Restoration Authority grant rounds, please sign up for the mailing list here: http://sfbayrestore.org/

Posted Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Staff Dispatch: Learning From the Mexico City Earthquake, by Dana Brechwald


* First in an occasional series of dispatches from MTC and ABAG staff about their experiences out in the field. From the Bay Link Blog.

On September 19, 2017, Mexico City experienced a damaging magnitude 7.1 earthquake, resulting in the deaths of 228 people and the collapse of 44 buildings. The 2017 earthquake occurred on the 35th anniversary of another deadly earthquake in the city that killed nearly 10,000 people.

Due to geological, building construction and social factors, Mexico City is highly vulnerable to earthquakes. Much of the city sits on an ancient lake bed that has been drained over the last several centuries to accommodate the city's expansion. This geology leads to significant subsidence and loose soils, which worsens ground shaking and can cause liquefaction in earthquake events.

In addition, although Mexico's current building codes are similar to those in the Bay Area, many existing buildings date back decades or centuries, before these codes were in place. Nearly 60 percent of residential buildings are self-built without permits or inspections, meaning they don't comply with any codes at all. Many of these residents are also highly vulnerable due to their social status — they often lack savings, insurance, secure jobs or even legal rights to their own homes.

For the remainder of the dispatch, visit https://blog.bayareametro.gov/posts/staff-dispatch-learning-mexico-city-earthquake

Posted Thursday, March 29, 2018

SAVE THE DATE for Building a Resilient Region, ABAG General Assembly and Business Meeting



This conference provides an opportunity to discuss how to build greater resilience as a region to better meet expected challenges, including hazards and climate events. This meeting includes the annual Business Meeting, which requires a quorum of ABAG delegates and alternates.

Agenda and Registration will be available in early April at:
https://abag.ca.gov/events/ga/2018/

ABAG General Assembly and Business Meeting
MAY 31, 2018
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
BAY AREA METRO CENTER
Yerba Buena Room
375 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Posted Thursday, March 22, 2018

2018 Another Active Year for Housing Legislation

Adapted from a post originally published on The Bay Link, the joint blog of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG).

Last year was a very active year for housing legislation in California, with approval of a housing package http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-housing-legislation-deal-impact-20170915-story.html that included new funding for affordable housing as well as some modest regulatory changes. It appears, however, this may have just been a warm-up act for 2018. Currently, there are nearly 20 different major housing bills under consideration by lawmakers in the state's capitol. Outside organizations are also organizing to place various housing-related measures on the statewide ballot in November 2018.

The blog post, provides an overview of these various bills and initiatives and discusses key policy considerations for ABAG and MTC in light of regional goals, particularly those articulated in Plan Bay Area 2040 http://2040.planbayarea.org/, the nine-county Bay Area's long-range transportation and land use plan jointly adopted by both agencies in July 2017.

A table presented in a recent Joint ABAG/MTC Legislative Committee memo summarizes the major bills legislative staff are monitoring (for more information, including additional impact analysis, read this memo). It's important to note that much of this is still preliminary and a lot could change over the coming months. A policy discussion follows the table.

Posted Thursday, March 22, 2018

HayWired Earthquake Scenario Release on April 18th -- Assist In Building Bay Area Community and Business Resilience




The HayWired Scenario is a scientific, realistic and quantitative depiction of a magnatude 7.0 earthquake on the Hayward Fault with an epicenter in Oakland. Developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), this scenario aims to improve the communication and use of earthquake hazard, early warning and aftershock forecast information, as well as inform building codes, build community capacity and foster business continuity planning.

The HayWired Scenario will be released to the public on April 18th, 2018 with a press event at U.C. Berkeley's California Memorial Stadium. The Hayward Fault runs directly underneath the stadium and the Fault is shown in the stadium wall and turf. The release of the HayWired Scenario also marks the beginning of the HayWired Public Engagement Campaign, known as Outsmart Disaster.

To find out more about the HayWired Scenario visit www.outsmartdisaster.com. ABAG encourages members to share the Outsmart Disaster website with their residents and local businesses.

The Joint ABAG/Metropolitan Transportation Commission Integrated Regional Planning Program is a HayWired Project Partner. Agency staff researched the economic impact of the scenario, and also have shared early lessons at meetings of Bay Area cities. For more information on earthquake resources visit: http://resilience.abag.ca.gov/

Posted Thursday, March 22, 2018

New Research on Seismic Risk Available



Staff from ABAG/MTC and the U.S. Geological Survey presented new research on the Bay Area's seismic riskat the Regional Planning Committee meeting. Planners detailed residential building damage estimates and displacement risk for 16 scenario earthquakes.

Presentations focused on housing damage and the direct and cascading impacts of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on the Hayward Fault and responsive actions the region can take to reduce risk and increase capacity to address a range of earthquake impacts. For more information, visit the Resilience program website. http://resilience.abag.ca.gov/housing/losses/

Posted Monday, March 12, 2018

Call for Applications to Serve on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee for the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority - Share with Your Residents



Due March 30, 2018

Measure AA is expected to generate $25 million annually for Bay restoration over the next 20 years.

Funding from this measure will allow for the restoration of thousands of acres of natural habitat for wildlife, support our local economy, improve access to public lands, address flooding issues, and create thousands of new jobs.

The Authority's Governing Board seeks six individuals to serve on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee.

The Committee has three main roles:

  1. Annually review the Authority's conformance with Measure AA;

  2. Review the Authority's audits and expenditure and financial reports; and

  3. Publish an annual report of its findings, which will be posted on the Authority's website.


The Board seeks committee members from all four Bay Area regions and with special subject matter expertise.
Subject Matter Expertise: Each member of the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee must possess expertise in one or more of the following subject matters:

Factors that Determine Ineligibility for Membership: No person may serve on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee who:

Apply to serve on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee by March 30, 2018.

For more information, visit the SF Bay Restoration Authority's website (http://sfbayrestore.org/) or contact Karen McDowell, Project Manager, SF Bay Restoration Authority, at karen.mcdowell@sfestuary.org or 415-778-6685.


Posted Friday, March 2, 2018

Help Us Plan the Future of the Bay Area!





Adapted from a post originally published on The Bay Link, the joint blog of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG).

What should the San Francisco Bay Area of the future look like? Thinking about the year 2050, what would you like to see change about the Bay Area? What would you like to see stay the same?

ABAG and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) want to hear from Bay Area residents as the two partner agencies develop a blueprint for how our region lives, works and plays in the decades ahead. What will the Bay Area look like in 2050? Residents are invited to share their thoughts by taking this brief survey.

Input received through this survey will be used to define the Guiding Principles for an exciting new initiative, tentatively called Futures, launched by ABAG and MTC earlier this month. This effort will allow planners, policymakers and the public to wrestle with challenging questions about the forces that could shape the Bay Area through 2050. Learn more about the Futures initiative in this post on The Bay Link blog.

Members of the public are invited to share their ideas for how to make the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area a better place to live for people from all walks of life. Residents also are encouraged to share the online survey with their networks — it is available in English, Spanish and Chinese and will be open through March 31, 2018.

Lastly, for those interested in staying up-to-date on each stage of this planning effort and how the public can get involved in the process, residents can sign up for the Futures mailing list.

Posted Wednesday, February 7, 2018

New Online Housing Policy and Data Explorer



Housing is a significant issue for the San Francisco Bay Area. A new online housing data portal is now available to easily access Bay Area housing permit activity and data about local housing policies adoption. Visit http://housing.abag.ca.gov/ to see how many housing building permits have been issued and the housing policies adopted in the 101 cities and towns and nine counties of the Bay Area.

Housing Permit Activity
The data portal maps all permits issued from 2014 to 2016. The permit explorer allows users to filter data by the permit issue year, affordability level, and housing type (singlefamily, multi-family, Accessory Dwelling Unit, etc.). Users can view these details for each new development. The explorer also allows users to see developments in relation to specific identified areas, including Priority Development Areas (PDAs), Transit Priority Areas (TPAs), and Housing Element Opportunity Sites. Housing Element Opportunity Sites are identified by cities, towns, and counties during the Housing Element update process.

Housing Policy Directory and Toolkit
Users of the data portal will be able to see at a glance which Bay Area jurisdictions that responded to the survey have adopted a particular policy and be able to easily access more details about different policy options, including links to a toolkit of best practices and model ordinances. The purpose of the policy directory and toolkit is to facilitate regional information sharing that helps jurisdictions better address their communities' housing needs.

Posted Wednesday, January 31, 2018

2018 Joint ABAG/MTC Advocacy Program Approved



At the January 18th Executive Board meeting, the ABAG Executive Board approved the 2018 Joint Advocacy Program for ABAG and MTC. The Advocacy Program details issues, goals and strategies at both the state and federal levels to support the activities of both ABAG and MTC. The Advocacy Program is available here. Additional information is available here here.

Posted Friday, January 26, 2018

MTC and ABAG Launch "The Bay Link," A Joint Daily Blog



MTC and ABAG are excited to announce the launch of the The Bay Link, a joint blog that will provide news, views and analysis on topics of regional interest, including housing, land use, transportation, economic development, social equity, the environment, sustainability, climate change and resilience. Bay Link is available at https://blog.bayareametro.gov/.

Consider The Bay Link the latest in the agencies' ongoing efforts to "Be Regionable." Readers will find links to the day's most interesting headlines; MTC and ABAG's Executive Director's Map of the Month; video updates on major regional projects and initiatives; the latest online articles, studies and reports curated by the MTC-ABAG Library; tips on what's on the agencies' meeting agendas; and round-ups of major MTC Commission and ABAG Executive Board actions.

Below is a sampling of recent posts to help orient new visitors to the site:

Housing and the Economy

Record Low Unemployment Across (Much of) the Bay Area, and the Delicate Policy Dance That Follows
Regional Economic Divergence and the Conundrums of Prosperity; ABAG's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
CASA: Drafting a Blueprint for a Better Bay Area
Transportation Funding, Policy and Research

New BART Train Cars Are Rolling into Service
MTC Approves $386 Million for 180 Projects Across the Region Through the OBAG 2 County Program
Participatory Budgeting: A Proposed MTC Pilot Project and a Brief Lit Review
The End of the Automotive Era?
Resilience and the Environment

San Francisco Estuary Partnership Newsletter, Bay Area Water Trail Maps Now Available
Resilient By Design | Bay Area Challenge: 10 Teams, 32 Ideas to Address Climate Change
Agency News

"The Nobility of Public Service" - MTC Commissioners Honor the Late San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
Honors, Awards and Deals of the Year - Oh My! 2017 in Review

Readers may comment on individual posts or send a message to blog@bayareametro.gov for general inquiries.

MTC and ABAG are partner regional agencies that work together to make the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area more livable and sustainable. MTC is the nine county Bay Area's transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency and ABAG is the Bay Area's regional planning agency and council of governments.

Posted Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Regional Agencies Invite Public Comment As Planned U.S. 101 Upgrades on Peninsula Take Shape



The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) today released proposed draft amendments to the long-range regional transportation and land use plan known as Plan Bay Area 2040 and to the 2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) that would modify the scope and projected cost of the planned U.S. Highway 101 Managed Lanes Project in San Mateo County. MTC and ABAG invite Bay Area residents to comment on the draft amendments. Comments must be received no later than Wednesday, February, 21, 2018.

Additional information is available at https://mtc.ca.gov/whats-happening/news/regional-agencies-invite-public-comment-planned-us-101-upgrades-peninsula-take.

Interested residents may go to planbayarea.org/draft-amendment (link is external)and click on the links in the "Related Documents" box to review the proposed draft amendments and other pertinent materials. Written comments may be addressed to MTC-ABAG Project Manager Adam Noelting at 375 Beale Street, Suite 800, San Francisco, CA 94015. Comments also may be sent via e-mail to info@planbayarea.org or by fax at 415.536.9800.

Posted Friday, January 19, 2018

New ABAG President and Vice President



The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) last night installed Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt as its new president and swore in Palo Alto Councilmember Greg Scharff to serve as the regional planning agency and council of governments' new vice president. Both will serve two-year terms extending to January 2020.

Rabbitt, who had served two consecutive terms as ABAG Vice President, replaces outgoing two-term president Julie Pierce, who continues to serve as a member of the ABAG Executive Board and the Clayton City Council. "Julie has done an incredible job of marshaling scores of local governments big and small into a unified team eager to tackle the housing challenges and other cross-jurisdictional issues that have been magnified by the Bay Area's current wave of prosperity," noted Rabbitt. "These are longstanding challenges that will continue even as our economic growth inevitably begins to slow. I am honored and humbled to accept the responsibility of sustaining this cooperative regional spirit in the years to come."

Rabbitt brings a history of public service to the regional leadership position. He was first elected to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in 2010, after having previously served as Vice Mayor of Petaluma and as a member of the Petaluma City Council. In addition to serving as a Sonoma County representative on the ABAG Executive Board, Rabbitt is currently serving on the State of California Seismic Safety Commission, representing local governments. He also has served on the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors; the San Francisco Bay Water Emergency Transit Authority (WETA)'s Community Advisory Board; the North Bay Water Reuse Authority; and the Sonoma County Employee Retirement Association. He also has spent years as a baseball and soccer coach, and as a board member for both the Sonoma County Alliance Soccer Club and the Petaluma National Little League. Supervisor Rabbitt works as an architect, earning his degree at the University of Oregon. He lives in Petaluma with his wife Jane and three children.



New ABAG Vice President Greg Scharff is an attorney who has lived in Palo Alto since 1988. He was first elected to the Palo Alto City Council in 2009 and has served on the Santa Clara County Cities Association since 2011. Scharff earned a B.A. degree with honors from Bowdoin College in Maine and his J.D. degree at the Columbia University School of Law.


Posted Thursday, January 18, 2018

Call for Grant Applications


ABAG-MTC Grant applications are now available for PDA Planning, PDA Technical Assistance and PDA Staffing Assistance programs. The complete program guidelines and applications are available online at https://mtc.ca.gov/pda-call.

Applications are due March 5, 2018 by 4PM. Pre-application workshops were held in San Francisco and San Jose. A video of Pre-Application Workshop more information available at https://mtc.ca.gov/pda-call.

Posted Wednesday, January 3, 2018



On Friday, December 22nd, a number of new federal tax provisions became law. These changes will affect individuals, corporations and the work many of you do in the public sector as well. The attached chart compares major transportation and housing-related provisions in the final bill with House and Senate-passed tax proposals and includes our analysis of some of these provisions.

The bill would reduce corporate tax rates from 35 to 21 percent, make changes to individual tax brackets, make the standard deduction and child tax credit more generous and repeal or limit a range of individual and business tax breaks to offset the cost of delivering tax cuts. Additionally, the bill would repeal the "individual mandate" to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

The tax bill made changes to financing tools that could restrict California's ability to fund transportation projects and address the state's chronic housing shortage. The bill also reduced the value of homeownership incentives by capping the mortgage interest deduction at $750,000 and capping the state and local deduction at $10,000. These changes are expected to disproportionately affect Bay Area residents and other high-tax, high-income regions. However, the most concerning provision of the House bill — the proposed elimination of private activity bonds, which would have effectively eliminated access to 4% low-income housing tax credits — was stripped from the final compromise.

If you have any questions or we can provide any additional information, please reach out to Randy Rentschler (rrentschler@bayareametro.gov or 415-778-6780, Rebecca Long (rlong@bayareametro.gov or 415.778.5289) or Georgia Gann Dohrmann (gganndohrmann@bayareametro.gov or 415.778.6623).

Federal Tax Bill Chart (PDF)

Posted Monday, December 11, 2017

Call for Grant Applications



ABAG-MTC Grant applications are now available for PDA Planning, PDA Technical Assistance and PDA Staffing Assistance programs. The complete program guidelines and applications are available online at https://mtc.ca.gov/pda-call.

Applications are due March 5, 2018 by 4PM. Pre-application workshops were held in San Francisco and San Jose. A video of Pre-Application Workshop more information available at https://mtc.ca.gov/pda-call.

Posted Friday, December 8, 2017

Seeking Ideas on the Ingredients for Regional Resilience
Public Comment Invited Through January 15, 2018



Issued in November 2017, the draft Raising the Bar on Regional Resilience Report is a call to action by the Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC) and its member agencies to establish a comprehensive regional planning process and an integrated Regional Resilience Plan that prepares the Bay Area for the challenges ahead related to flooding, rising sea levels, seismic events and other hazards and climate change impacts. In this effort, the region must also continue to strengthen partnerships across regional agencies, local jurisdictions, special districts and non-governmental organizations, and with community residents, businesses, designers, builders, academics, health professionals, students and others. These partnerships will be a cornerstone of the work necessary to shore up the metropolitan infrastructure, ensure public safety and well-being, and grow our regional resilience equitably with an explicit regional acknowledgement of the role that race and inequity plays in making some communities more vulnerable than others. BARC is accepting public comments on the draft report until January 15, 2018. Comments can be sent to barcinfo@bayareametro.gov. BARC is a collaboration of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC).

View the full report here http://bayarearegionalcollaborative.org/agendas/J111717a-Raising%20the%20Bar%20on%20Resilience_DRAFT_20171113.pdf.

Posted Friday, December 8, 2017

Draft Regional Resilience Report Now Available for Public Comment


The Bay Area is facing the impacts of climate change and other hazards today, and will face more extreme events in the future.

A new report, Raising the Bar on Resilience (November 2017 draft) is a call to action by the Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC) and its member agencies - the Association of Bay Area Governments, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Bay Conservation and Development Commission and Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The document proposes a comprehensive regional planning process and a new integrated Regional Resilience Plan to prepare the Bay Area for the challenges ahead related to flooding, rising sea levels, climate change impacts, seismic events and other hazards.

This report offers six steps to take towards regional resilience and four case studies (San Rafael, East Palo Alto, Oakland, Hayward). BARC is accepting public comments on the draft report until January 15, 2018.

The report is available http://bayarearegionalcollaborative.org/agendas/J111717a-Raising%20the%20Bar%20on%20Resilience_DRAFT_20171113.pdf. Send comments to barcadmin@bayareametro.gov.

Posted Friday, December 8, 2017

Working Towards the Bay Area Regional Economic Development District



Staff are presenting a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to each County Board of Supervisors and requesting endorsement of the CEDS Vision, Goals and Objectives.

San Francisco and Contra Costa counties have already endorsed the Strategy and meetings are scheduled with Alameda, San Mateo, and Santa Clara county supervisors in December. This work is part of the effort to create a Bay Area Regional Economic Development District (EDD) as designated by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (U.S. EDA).

More information about the draft Bay Area Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Document is available at
https://abag.ca.gov/planning/economic.html. For additional information about the EDD process, contact Cynthia Kroll, ckroll@bayareametro.gov, or Johnny Jaramillo, jjaramillo@bayareametro.gov.

Posted Friday, December 8, 2017

San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority Closes First Call for Proposals



The first Request for Proposals (RFP) for the new San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority grant program, created through the voter-approved Measure AA on the June 2016 ballot, closed on November 15, 2017. The grants will fund shoreline projects that will protect and restore the Bay.

The San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority is a regional agency with a Governing Board made up of local elected officials. Its purpose is to raise and allocate local resources for the restoration, enhancement, protection, and enjoyment of wetlands and wildlife habitat in San Francisco Bay and along its shoreline, as well as with associated flood management and public access infrastructure.

The Restoration Authority was created by the California Legislature in 2008 to find solutions to the need for new, local funding, due to reduced funding from other sources. After the Authority voted to place Measure AA, the San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Measure, on the June 7th, 2016 ballot, residents of the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area voted with a 70 percent majority to pass it. This measure is a $12 parcel tax, which will raise approximately $25 million annually, or $500 million over 20 years.

The RFP for year two grants will be released in Fall 2018. Sign up >ttp://www.sfbayrestore.org/sf-bay-restoration-authority-contact.php#signup. to be kept informed.

More information about the Restoration Authority is available http://sfbayrestore.org/index.php.

Posted Monday, November 13, 2017

New Public Art Grant for the San Francisco Bay Trail in Redwood City


The City of Redwood City announced the award of a $25,000 National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) grant to support a new public art installation called the Pirate Ship, located on the San Francisco Bay Trail. The grant award will support community engagement activities and design planning for the public art installation.



Pirate Ship Rendering
The Pirate Ship was created by artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov and will be designed as a fully functioning art sculpture and a permanent feature offering an imaginative play space and library space next to the Redwood Shores library branch. The art installation will serve the community at large by encouraging fantasy, conversation, social interaction, and play. As part of the public art process, the artists will work directly with park designers and the community to fully integrate the structure into the site location.

The NEA grant will be used to support the oversight, youth art competition and the development of the Pirate Ship shade sails. The grant award will be used to support a local effort with school children in Redwood City to illustrate and publish a short story, which will feature local children's drawings.

The Pirate Ship is the first permanent art work of Migrations, a local collaboration between the Bay Trail, Association of Bay Area Governments, City of Redwood City, Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and Fung Collaboratives. Migrations is a public art initiative to support art along the Bay Trail. The City of Redwood City was the first local government agency to support Migrations within San Mateo County.

With the assistance of the NEA grant and following extensive community engagement through design meetings, the Pirate Ship installation is planned to open in 2019.

For more information, visit the San Francisco Bay Trail's website http://baytrail.org/ or the City of Redwood City's website at www.redwoodcity.org.





Posted Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Bay Area Energy Storage Fire Safety and Code
Symposium on November 8th


Local government sustainability staff, fire safety and building code officials are invited by the San Francisco Department of the Environment to attend the Bay Area Energy Storage Fire Safety and Code Symposium on November 8th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 455 Market Street, 22nd Floor in San Francisco.

This forum will focus on the benefits and policy considerations associated with thousands of upcoming energy storage projects. Expert panelists will discuss technology basics, current and future applications, and market projections. Fire protection and code experts will discuss important, forthcoming 2019 energy storage fire safety standards, such as the NFPA 855, as well as product safety standards that address concerns about the installation of energy storage systems in buildings. Presenters will explore AB 546, a new bill signed by Governor Brown that aims to streamline permitting processes for energy storage systems.

Speakers include lead representatives from:
Office of the State Fire Marshal, Code Development and Analysis Division
California Independent System Operator
Underwriters Laboratory
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Tesla
Stem
And more!

This event is underwritten by a grant from the US Department of Energy. There is no charge to attend and lunch is included. Space is limited, please RSVP as soon as possible. Note: Registration priority will be granted to fire safety and building code officials.

RSVP / Registration can also be accessed here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/energy-storage-fire-safety-code-symposium-tickets-38130758124. For more information., contact jessica.tse2@sfgov.org.

Posted Thursday, November 2, 2017

Webinar: Energy Financing
November 7th


Local governments and staff are invited to join the Energy Financing: Legislative Updates webinar on Tuesday, November 7th from noon to 1 p.m. This Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs (PACE) webinar is presented by the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA), and Sustainable Real Estate Solutions (SRS).

The webinar will feature a commercial case study and legislative updates on energy financing. Presenters will discuss the passage of SB 564 enabling on-bill water financing, as well residential PACE updates on AB 1284, SB 242, subordination and more.

Register now at http://bit.ly/2fUySV0. For questions, contact Jenny Berg at jberg@bayareametro.gov or 415-820-7947.

Posted Friday, October 27, 2017

Bay Area Energy Storage Fire Safety and Code
Symposium on November 8th



Local government sustainability staff, fire safety and building code officials are invited by the San Francisco Department of the Environment to attend the Bay Area Energy Storage Fire Safety and Code Symposium on November 8th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 455 Market Street, 22nd Floor in San Francisco.

This forum will focus on the benefits and policy considerations associated with thousands of upcoming energy storage projects. Expert panelists will discuss technology basics, current and future applications, and market projections. Fire protection and code experts will discuss important, forthcoming 2019 energy storage fire safety standards, such as the NFPA 855, as well as product safety standards that address concerns about the installation of energy storage systems in buildings. Presenters will explore AB 546, a new bill signed by Governor Brown that aims to streamline permitting processes for energy storage systems.

Speakers include lead representatives from:
Office of the State Fire Marshal, Code Development and Analysis Division
California Independent System Operator
Underwriters Laboratory
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Tesla
Stem
And more!

This event is underwritten by a grant from the US Department of Energy. There is no charge to attend and lunch is included. Space is limited, please RSVP as soon as possible. Note: Registration priority will be granted to fire safety and building code officials.

RSVP / Registration can also be accessed here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/energy-storage-fire-safety-code-symposium-tickets-38130758124. For more information., contact jessica.tse2@sfgov.org.

Posted Friday, October 20, 2017

Resources for Bay Area Cities and Counties in response to the October 2017 North Bay Fires



The agencies have put together links to information that elected officials and staff may find helpful in the aftermath of the North Bay Fires, including tools for recovery and rebuilding, funding opportunities, and other support. While many of these tools are not wildfire specific, the lessons learned can be applied across different disaster types. This page will be updated on a regular basis as new information becomes available. Visit http://resilience.abag.ca.gov/uncategorized/north-bay-fire-resources/#.

Additionally, the letter below was sent out to Executive Board members and MTC Commissioners.

Posted Friday, October 13, 2017

Bay Day Celebrated October 7th



More than 5,000 Bay Area residents celebrated the San Francisco Bay on October 7th. Here are some photos from Angel Island.







Posted Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bay Area Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Ordinance Webinar on October 23rd --
View Solar Toolkit Here



Local government staff are invited to join the Bay Area Model Solar Ordinance webinar for an in-depth review and discussion on the Cost Effectiveness Study in the solar toolkit, on Monday, October 23rd, from 2 pm - 3:30 pm. Participants will learn how to meet renewable energy and climate action plan goals through the adoption of a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) ordinance and explore the process of adopting rooftop solar PV ordinances on new residential and low-rise multifamily construction. This is the first in a series of bi-monthly work sessions hosted by the Bay Area Solar PV Ordinance program.

Work sessions will convene technical experts, as well as regional and local partners to discuss challenges encountered through the adoption of a basic ordinance and provide information on ordinance enhancements. This work session is in partnership with the Statewide Energy Codes & Standards team and features an in-depth review of the Bay Area Solar PV Ordinance Cost Effectiveness Study.

To attend the webinar, RSVP to Vijay Kesavan, Bay Area Regional Collaborative, Program Coordinator, at vkesavan@bayareametro.gov. The link to the webinar is: https://bamc.webex.com/bamc/j.php?MTID=m43cbf26c189730c2012b256aa298a6ca and the audio connection is +1-415-655-0002 (Access code: 926 192 075).
For more information, view the Solar PV Toolkit at www.baaqmd.gov/solartoolkit, which includes a Solar PV Ordinance Template; Cost-effectiveness Study, Local Adoption and State Approval Guide, and an Outreach Package for local government staff to facilitate communicating to stakeholders and policy-makers on the ordinance.

Background
A kick-off webinar took place in September. A slide presentation and list of frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) from this webinar are located at www.baaqmd.gov/solartoolkit. Refer to www.baaqmd.gov/solartoolkit for updates and links to useful resources.
For questions, contact Vijay Kesavan, Bay Area Regional Collaborative, Program Coordinator, at vkesavan@bayareametro.gov:

● Ask technical questions about the Solar PV Ordinance program and toolkit. We will respond to your questions in batches in a timely manner. We will also update the FAQ at regular intervals with this information so it is made available to the whole community.

● Share with us topics and ideas for bi-monthly work sessions.

● Connect us with jurisdictions who would like to be a part of this program or technical experts who would like to partner on work sessions.

The Bay Area Solar PV Ordinance program is a joint project of the Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC), Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) to accelerate the implementation of solar rooftops across the Bay Area. A project goal is to help cities and counties prepare for the transition to the zero-net-energy (ZNE) requirements to be included in the next statewide energy code update in which a solar requirement is expected.




Posted Monday, October 9, 2017

State of the Estuary Conference



The 2017 State of the Estuary Conference will be held on October 10th and 11th at the Scottish Rite Center at 1547 Lakeside Drive in Oakland. Sponsored by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, this two-day conference provides the latest information about the health of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary and showcases current efforts to protect, restore and improve this important ecosystem. The conference will offer plenary sessions, awards and panels on habitats and living resources, climate resilience, water quality, and stewardship. Speakers include state, federal, local and regional leaders, scientists, and resource managers, as well as international climate resiliency experts. The full agenda is available at http://www.sfestuary.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/SOE17Program_Final.pdf. View the conference website http://www.sfestuary.org/state-of-the-estuary-conference/.

The San Francisco Estuary Partnership is a coalition of resource agencies, non-profits, citizens, and scientists working to protect, restore, and enhance water quality and fish and wildlife habitat in and around the San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary. The Partnership is a program of the Association of Bay Area Governments. Working cooperatively, the Partnership shares information and resources that result in studies, projects, and programs that improve the Estuary and communicate its value and needs to the public. Ranging from the waterways that make up the Delta to the mouth of the Pacific Ocean, the San Francisco Bay-Delta is home to numerous species of birds, fish, and many others. It is also home to millions of people, who have come to recognize that the Bay and Delta are an essential part of what makes the Bay Area a great place to live, work and play.

Posted Friday, October 6, 2017

Bay Trail Summit: Envisioning a Complete San Francisco Bay Trail



Bay Area planners, advocates and decision-makers gathered in late September to discuss a vision they all share for a completed Bay Trail - 500 continuous miles of shoreline paths ringing the entirety of San Francisco Bay and serving as both a recreation and transportation corridor for bicyclists and pedestrians and as a strong economic generator for the region. The complete story is available at https://mtc.ca.gov/whats-happening/news/bay-trail-summit-envisioning-complete-bay-trail.

For more information about the San Francisco Bay Trail, visit the website at http://baytrail.org

Posted Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Celebrations on October 7th
2nd Annual Bay Day



Bay Day -- Saturday, October 7th is a holiday dedicated to connecting Bay Area communities with the scenic and unique ecological wonders of San Francisco Bay. Participants are encouraged to enjoy the Bay and feel inspired to protect this natural, local resource through immersive, Bay-themed educational and recreational activities, such as kayaking, hiking and bird watching. The celebration is done to inspire people to help restore the shoreline or participate in local community events and explore the San Francisco Bay.

New Resource to Explore the Bay Every Day
With over 500-square miles of navigable waters, the San Francisco Bay and its tributaries are the Bay Area's largest open space. Explore this vast, varied and beautiful open space with new Water Trail Maps and a new Water Trail Website at http://www.sfbaywatertrail.org. Whether you own your own boat or have never paddled before, the mobile-friendly website provides the information you need to plan for a fun and safe day of adventure on the Bay. Launching and landing facilities are also showcased on the Water Trail's new series of five maps that together encompass San Francisco and Suisun Bays. The Water Trail maps will be featured at many Bay Day events, and companion online interactive maps are also available on the website. The maps were made in partnership with the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, with support from the State Coastal Conservancy and a generous grant from the North Bay Watershed Association.

Supporters and community partners have joined together to protect, restore and celebrate the beautiful Bay. For more information, visit http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/celebrate-bay-day-on-the-bay-trail-and-water-trail-october-7-300531467.html.

Posted Friday, September 29, 2017

Governor Brown Signs Legislative Package to Help Address California's Housing Needs
Friday, September 29, 2017



Governor Brown today signed the 15-bill housing package passed by the California Legislature earlier this month. The bills include new permanent funding, a one-time jolt of new money and certain reforms as required by the Governor to gain his support for the funding elements of this housing legislation package.

A summary of the housing bills, including more information about ABAG's position on several bills is located at http://mtc.ca.gov/sites/default/files/ABAG_MTCHousing-Bills-Summaries_Handout.pdf.

For comments or questions about ABAG's legislative agenda, please contact Rebecca Long, Manager of Government Relations, at rlong@bayareametro.gov or 415-778-5289.

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2017

Housing Bills Advance to the Governor's Desk



On September 15, 2017, the California Legislature sent to the Governor's desk a suite of housing bills intended to begin addressing the states chronic housing shortage. The bills include new ongoing revenue, a one-time jolt of new money and some reforms as required by Governor Brown to gain his support for the funding elements of a housing package. The Governor has until October 15th to sign or veto these bills.

The core elements of the package are summarized as follows.

Funding
SB 3 (Beall) would provide an immediate influx of $4 billion in bond funding and SB 2 (Atkins) would generate an estimated $200 to $300 million per year in ongoing revenues to support a range of investments, including planning for affordable housing; construction, preservation and homeownership programs; and matching funds to support local or regional housing trust funds. Bond revenues could additionally fund infrastructure investments - including streets, sidewalks, parks and utilities - that support new infill and transit-oriented housing development. Of the ongoing SB 2 revenues, a minimum of 70 percent would be allocated to local governments.

Reform
SB 35 (Wiener) - the core bill that meets the Governor's "reform" criteria - would streamline approvals for certain qualified housing developments. Lawmakers also sent to the Governor another dozen housing bills which would make a range of regulatory and enforcement-related changes. For example, AB 73 (Chiu) and SB 540 (Roth) would authorize financial incentives for local governments to expedite project approvals by completing upfront zoning and environmental review. Other bills which are being tracked include AB 1505 (Bloom), which would re-affirm the right of local governments to apply inclusionary zoning policies to rental housing.

ABAG has taken positions on a number of these bills. A housing package summary with more information is available through the Legislation & Governmental Organization (L&GO) September Meeting Agenda, available at http://abag.ca.gov/meetings/legislation.html. An updated analysis will be made at the L&GO Committee meeting on Thursday, September 21st. This meeting will be live streamed and past meeting videos are available at http://abag.ca.gov/meetings/legislation.html. A summary of significant housing bills is available at http://mtc.ca.gov/sites/default/files/ABAG_MTCHousing-Bills-Summaries_Handout.pdf.

For comments or questions about ABAG's legislative agenda, please contact Rebecca Long, Manager of Government Relations, at rlong@bayareametro.gov or 415-778-5289.

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2017

Webinar on Friday, September 22nd for New Bay Area Solar PV Ordinance program


Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC) is kicking off the Bay Area Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Ordinance program with a webinar on September 22nd, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. A new set of resources will be unveiled during the webinar.

About the Program
The Bay Area Solar PV Ordinance program is a joint project of BARC, Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) to accelerate the implementation of solar rooftops across the Bay Area. A project goal is to help cities and counties prepare for the transition to the zero-net-energy (ZNE) requirements to be included in the next statewide energy code update in which a solar requirement is expected.

Who is this for?
The kick-off webinar is intended for local government staff that wish to explore meeting their renewable energy and climate action plan goals through the adoption of a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) ordinance. The kick-off webinar will introduce city and county staff to the project team, the solar PV toolkit components, and the additional program support that is being offered.

Hands-on Program Support
The Bay Area Model Solar Ordinance program is offering hands-on support through bi-monthly work sessions. These will focus on specific topics that partnering jurisdictions raise as important and timely. The sessions will convene technical experts, as well as regional and local partners to discuss challenges encountered through the adoption of a basic ordinance and to provide information on ordinance enhancements for jurisdictions. All meetings will be remotely accessible.

R.S.V.P. to Vijay Kesavan, BARC Program Coordinator, vkesavan@bayareametro.gov.

Posted Thursday, September 21, 2017

Housing Bills Advance to the Governor's Desk



On September 15, 2017, the California Legislature sent to the Governor's desk a suite of housing bills intended to begin addressing the states chronic housing shortage. The bills include new ongoing revenue, a one-time jolt of new money and some reforms as required by Governor Brown to gain his support for the funding elements of a housing package. The Governor has until October 15th to sign or veto these bills.

The core elements of the package are summarized as follows.

Funding
SB 3 (Beall) would provide an immediate influx of $4 billion in bond funding and SB 2 (Atkins) would generate an estimated $200 to $300 million per year in ongoing revenues to support a range of investments, including planning for affordable housing; construction, preservation and homeownership programs; and matching funds to support local or regional housing trust funds. Bond revenues could additionally fund infrastructure investments - including streets, sidewalks, parks and utilities - that support new infill and transit-oriented housing development. Of the ongoing SB 2 revenues, a minimum of 70 percent would be allocated to local governments.

Reform
SB 35 (Wiener) - the core bill that meets the Governor's "reform" criteria - would streamline approvals for certain qualified housing developments. Lawmakers also sent to the Governor another dozen housing bills which would make a range of regulatory and enforcement-related changes. For example, AB 73 (Chiu) and SB 540 (Roth) would authorize financial incentives for local governments to expedite project approvals by completing upfront zoning and environmental review. Other bills which are being tracked include AB 1505 (Bloom), which would re-affirm the right of local governments to apply inclusionary zoning policies to rental housing, and SB 167 (Skinner) which would make changes to the Housing Accountability Act.

ABAG has taken positions on a number of these bills. A housing package summary with more information is available through the Legislation & Governmental Organization (L&GO) September Meeting Agenda, available at http://abag.ca.gov/meetings/legislation.html. An updated analysis will be made at the L&GO Committee meeting on Thursday, September 21st. This meeting will be live streamed and past meeting videos are available at http://abag.ca.gov/meetings/legislation.html.

For comments or questions about ABAG's legislative agenda, please contact Rebecca Long, Manager of Government Relations, at rlong@bayareametro.gov or 415-778-5289.

Posted Monday, September 18, 2017

Energy Planning: Implementing Microgrids as a Resilience Strategy


Communities are increasingly tapping into microgrids to support goals to decrease carbon footprint, increase energy reliability, and support community development. A microgrid is a specialized energy component that can operate in unison with or independent of the electric grid. The technology has been around for decades, but recent technological advancement, growing knowledge networks, increasing regulatory attention, and robust state incentives are expanding the deployment of microgrids by and for Bay Area municipalities.

Join ABAG and BayREN in discussing how microgrids can serve jurisdictional needs, and how it fits into resilience planning. The workshop will highlight case studies of Bay Area cities that have taken different approaches to designing and deploying microgrids, and feature representatives from PG&E. The operational, regulatory, and financial aspects of microgrid initiatives will be showcased.

Register for the workshop at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/energy-planning-implementing-microgrids-as-a-resilience-strategy-tickets-37315186728. Lunch will be included. Be sure to let us know of any food restrictions or preferences in your RSVP.

For more information, contact Michael Germeraad at mgermeraad@bayareametro.gov.

Posted Thursday, September 14, 2017

State of the Estuary Conference


The 2017 State of the Estuary Conference will be held October 10-11 at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center in Oakland. Every two years, the San Francisco Estuary Partnership brings a focus on the management and ecological health of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. The State of the Estuary Conference showcases the latest information about the estuary's changing watersheds, impacts from major stressors, recovery programs for species and habitats, and emerging challenges.

The conference is at the Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive in Oakland. The full conference program is available on the conference website http://www.sfestuary.org/state-of-the-estuary-conference/.

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