While local governments are still
scrambling to deal with the effects
of the Supreme Court's Guardino
decision, there is new trouble ahead
on the November ballot.
Proposition 218, the
Prop. 218 would
Prop. 218 would also require
Prop. 218 would establish school
taxes-- therefore, all school and
redevelopment fees will be required to
meet the two-thirds vote requirement.
The proposition also requires that
In addition, these fees would be
to the specified parcel of land; the
services must be immediately
available to the property owners;
and no fees may be charged for
services widely "available to the
public at large"&emdash;"including
but not limited to police, fire, ambulance
or library services."
Prop. 218 would make two further
According to the Legislative
BAY AREA LEADS THE NATION IN COMPARATIVE REGIONAL ECONOMIES
The report, The Bay Area:
Leading a Transition to a Knowl-edge-Based Economy, compares the performance of the Bay Area economy with major metropolitanareas across the nation, including New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Boston, Seattle, Charlotte, and Phoenix.
Among the significant findings of this first-of-its-kind regional economic comparison:
The Association is pleased to
On July 17, the Executive Board
The Oakland/San Leandro
The project will create a blueprint
As the proposal articulates, "In
The South Napa project (includ-
The San Mateo Coastside
focus on land use and transportation
for the Cities of Pacifica and Half
Moon Bay, and San Mateo
County. A major concern is the
relationship between expected
development and infrastructure
In addition, technical assistance
The Comprehensive Subregional
We are pleased to announce that
Thanks, Summer Interns!We'd like to take this opportunity to thank our summer interns for the hard work, energy and perspectives they brought to ABAG. We wish all of them good luck in their bright futures! Pictured left to right: Yvonne Choong, Ann Guy, Heather Baker, Eric Shaw , Emiliano Gaytan, Corrine Jew, Robert Davila, Christina Ramos,(not pictured: Claudia Albano, Bruce Angel, Jamon Larry).
Bay Trail Criterium a
Wireless Communications Workshops with a Focus
As a follow-up to the Wireless Communications Workshop held at the end of May, the Association will soon be conducting three additional workshops to focus on the following topics related to wireless technologies: legal, planning and financial.
These half-day workshops will allow participants to delve into specific
issues under the three separate categories. The workshops will present the latest information relevant to local government
decisionmaking. These events are open to all elected officials, city and county staff, and local agency representatives. Understand your local options, maximize your opportunities, and stay on top of the developing technology and the changes in store. Registration is $64 for members; $80 for nonmembers. For more information,
please contact Sharon Kendrick at 510/464-7964 or e-mail SharonK@abag.ca.gov.
Legal Workshop * Wednesday, October 2, 1996
Financial Workshop * Monday, October 7, 1996
Planning Workshop * Friday, October 18, 1996
Progress toward deregulation of the electric market has been slow but sure over the last eight months.
In December, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced its vision of a deregulated market by 1998 and charged a number of working groups with the responsibility of developing the implementation details.
These working groups, comprised of representatives of the utilities, independent power suppliers, large users, and ratepayers, have toiled all summer to develop recommendations for CPUC review this fall.
Recommendations to be unveiled include: 1) how to compensate the utilities for generation units which will be rendered uneconomic by deregulations, 2) how to establish an independent operator of the transmission system and a wholesale power exchange, and 3) how and when utility customers will be eligible to purchase power from independent power suppliers.
Encouraged by the progress to date, ABAG's Power Purchasing Pool is taking initial steps to evaluate potential electric prices in the deregulated environment by issuing an RFP for electricity later this year on behalf of the Bay Area's local governments.
For more information on electric deregulation, attend ABAG's Power Conference on Thursday, September 12 (see details below).
More People and Jobs in Contra Costa County
Once the rural outpost of the Bay Area, Contra Costa County is now the fastest growing county in the Bay Area. Nearly 300,000 new residents will be added in the next twenty years, approximately one-half of that in the East County: the cities of Antioch, Brentwood, Pittsburg, and the surrounding unincorporated areas.
Contra Costa County will also experience significant job growth during the same period, adding almost 150,000 jobs throughout the county. Richmond will be on the rebound with a gain of nearly 20,000 jobs by 2015. Concord will add almost 18,500 jobs, Antioch almost 15,000, and Brentwood 14,250. The City of San Ramon will lead the pack with more than 24,000 new jobs.
Contra Costa Economic Partnership Moves Forward
Formed in mid 1995, the Contra Costa Economic Partnership (CCEP) is a coalition of business, government, and citizens striving to promote a prosperous economy in Contra Costa County.
CCEP's goals include streamlining the permitting process, attracting and retaining high-wage jobs, linking training and education to develop high-wage job skills, improving the transportation infrastructure, and developing new jobs and affordable housing near employment centers.
Some achievements are the development of the Contra Costa Regional Permit Assistance Center, producing an Economic Vitality Master Plan, and the recent addition of an Ombudsman Panel to help resolve development roadblocks.
Policymakers in Contra Costa County are grappling with the issue of how to equitably fund and operate their countywide library system. Concerns about the current system, operated by the County of Contra Costa with property tax revenue, were first raised last year when County budget cuts resulted in a reduction in services offered by the system's 23 branches.
Local elected officers created a taskforce and asked it to look at the cost-effectiveness of the current system. In August, an independent consultant presented the following findings to the County's Mayors Conference: 1) the current system is operated in a cost-effective manner compared to other library systems; 2) the option of creating independent library systems would not be affordable for most of the cities; 3) regional configurations could benefit some areas, but could create service reductions in other areas; and 4) an independent unified library system operated outside the County structure could be more costly than the current system.
The Mayors have asked the consultants to work with the city managers on a suggested course of action; a population-based funding mechanism or a customized regional configuration are two alternatives.
Mobility in the CountyExtensive transportation improvement projects are taking place in Contra Costa County. The addition of a high occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lane in both directions on Interstate 80, the Richmond Parkway (connecting I-80 at Pinole directly to the Richmond Bridge), and continuous seven-phase reconstruction involving expansion and rebuilding of the Interstate 680/Highway 24 interchange are three of the major highway projects now in progress. In addition, the BART extension to North Concord opened in 1995; Bay Point/Pittsburg station is scheduled to open by the end of 1996.
A call for papers has been announced for the 20th International Making Cities Livable Conference. The conference will take place in Santa Fe, N.M. from April 15 to 17, 1997. Conference themes include: Containing Urban Sprawl, New Urban Neighborhoods, Maintaining Urban Identity, Creating Successful Urban People Places, The Good City for Children and Youth and Balanced Urban Tourism. A Cities of Vision exhibit will also be part of the conference. Deadline for all submittals is October 1, 1996.
For more information, contact Suzanne Crowhurst Lennard at 408/ 626-9080; Fax 408/624-5126.
The Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board is presenting a hands-on
manual to assist public agency buyers in locating and obtaining high-quality
recycled content products. The manual addresses the basics, including recycled
content standards and definitions, state and federal requirements, model
purchasing policies, bid and contracting procedures, vendor identification,
cooperative purchasing, product specifications, and strategies for waste
prevention. To order a copy of Resourceful Purchasing, please contact Mark Cullors at
510/614-1699, or via e-mail at acwma @stopwaste.org.
The Telecommunications 101 Infrastructure Partnership Project is hosting a roundtable discussion on "Linking Communities, Schools and Libraries" on
Wednesday, September 18, 1996 from 9 am until noon at the Pacific Bell Executive
Communications Center, 370 Third Street, Room 100, in San Francisco. The
conference is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information, call 415/357-3100.
The San Francisco Estuary Project will hold its third annual State of the Estuary Conference on October 10-12, 1996 at the Officers' Club at the Presidio
of San Francisco. Technical sessions will address: biological resources,
wetlands, land use and watershed management, contaminants and impacts from
reduced freshwater flows. Registration is $175 for three days, $150 for Thursday & Friday, $85 for one day (Thursday or Friday), or $40 for Saturday; the fee includes lunch, a State of the Estuary Report, and a CCMP Workbook and Abstract Book. More info is available on the conference homepage at
http://www.abag.ca.gov/bayarea/sfep/soe.html. To register, call the Estuary
Project at 510/286-0460.
|9/7||2 p.m. Ravenswood Preserve Volunteer Restoration Project. Bay Road, East Palo Alto|
|9/10||3 p.m. Bay Trail Steering Committee. Coyote Point Museum, San Mateo|
|9/11||9 a.m. Bay Trail Development Grant Forum. MetroCenter|
|9/12||8:30 a.m. Power Conference - "Optimize Your Power: Local Options in an Era of Deregulation." Oakland Marriott|
|9/12||8:30 a.m. Storm Water Pollution Prevention. MetroCenter|
|9/12||10 a.m. ABAG PLAN Finance Committee. City of Burlingame Finance Department|
|9/18||9:30 a.m. ABAG PLAN SHARP Meeting. MetroCenter, ABAG Room 106B|
|9/19||3:30 p.m. Legislation and Governmental Organization Committee. MetroCenter, ABAG Room 106B|
|9/19||5 p.m. Finance and Personnel Committee. MetroCenter, ABAG Room 102A|
|9/19||7:30 p.m. EXECUTIVE BOARD. MetroCenter Auditorium|
|9/20||8 a.m. HazMat Sampling. MetroCenter Auditorium|
|9/24||10 a.m. 5th Annual ABAG PLAN Golf Tournament. Blue Rock Springs East Golf Course|
|9/27||10 a.m. Regional Steering Committee for Homelessness and Housing. MetroCenter, Room 171|
|9/30||8 a.m. 8-Hour OSHA Training for Supervisors of Hazardous Waste Workers. MetroCenter Auditorium|
|9/30||5 p.m. Local Bay Trail Development Grants Due. ABAG Office|
|10/2||8:30 am. Local Government Challenges: Implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996 - Legal Aspects. MetroCenter|
|10/2||1:30 pm. Regional Planning Committee. MetroCenter|
|10/7||8:30 am. Local Government Challenges: Implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996 - Financial Aspects. MetroCenter|
|10/8||3:00 pm. Bay Trail Steering Committee. Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center|
|10/10-10/12||Third Annual State of the Estuary Conference. Officers' Club, Presidio of San Francisco|
|10/18.||8:30 am. Local Government Challenges: Implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996 - Planning Aspects. MetroCenter|
|10/24||11:00 am. Earthquakes & Transportation Recovery Review Committee. ABAG Conference Room, MetroCenter|