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Sixth Annual ABAG Growing Smarter Together

2012 Growing Smarter Together Awards Presented

The Association of Bay Area Governments' Spring General Assembly featured the presentation of ABAG's Sixth Annual Growing Smarter Together Awards, honoring the 2012 Distinguished Leader and recognizing four local government projects. Awardees include Distinguished Leader, San Mateo County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson, the Alameda County Public Works Agency, the City of Union City, the Grand Boulevard Initiative, and the City of Palo Alto and Palo Alto Housing Corporation.

  • Welcome from ABAG's President

  • Distinguished Leadership Award
    San Mateo County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson
    San Mateo County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson was awarded the 2012 Distinguished Leadership award in recognition of her significant and continuing legacy of leadership and advocacy for regional and local issues. She has been a tireless advocate for public safety, reducing youth gun violence, improving public health, building affordable housing, creating jobs, and protecting the environment. A steward of the region, she provided incomparable leadership and commitment to securing a stable source of funding for ABAG and spearheaded a regional effort to reduce the proliferation of illegal guns in the hands of youth and policy recommendations to reduce the incidence of youth gun violence. She has been a champion of complete healthy communities, starting with her days on the city council in East Palo Alto, continuing as a San Mateo County Supervisor since 1999, as past ABAG President, as past chair of the regional Joint Policy Committee, and statewide through the California State Association of Counties, and nationally through the National Association of Counties. She is considered a model leader, with a quiet persistent style and a consummate diplomat, and coalition-builder.

  • Preserving and Protecting the Environment
    Alameda County Public Works Agency for Streetlight Retrofit Project
    The Streetlight Retrofit Project implemented by the Alameda County Public Works Agency was recognized for lowering the County's environmental footprint and providing a savings of $180,000 per year in energy costs throughout unincorporated Alameda County. The replacement of nearly 7000 streetlights with Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures was done in record time, reducing energy use for a savings of 1.7 million kilowatt hours per year. Besides conserving energy and reducing lifecycle and maintenance costs, the LED lights have improved night visibility and eliminated mercury, lead and other known hazards. This project also encompassed the Board of Supervisors' vision of promoting the use of small and emerging businesses with 70% subcontractor participation.

  • Urban Design
    Union City for Intermodal Station District Connection
    The Intermodal Station District Connection created at Union City BART Station features a 25-foot-wide bicycle and pedestrian promenade. This specially designed thoroughfare connection extends from the west side of the Union City BART Station, through the Station and to the jobs center to the east on lands zoned for a Research and Development Campus (RDC)--an 80 acre area being developed on under-utilized and vacant industrial lands. This Priority Development Area (PDA) Intermodal Station District creates connections with the promenade spine linking 143 market rate units recently completed and 157 units of affordable housing under construction to business areas and intermodal transportation. Special features include sustainable, living landscapes and streetscapes, with glass canopies embedded with photovoltaic lenses surrounding station entrances.

  • Public Private Partnership
    Grand Boulevard Initiative
    The Grand Boulevard Initiative is a historic inter-jurisdictional partnership that encompasses the El Camino Real PDA which stretches from Daly City to San Jose. The vision is to transform an auto-centric strip into a series of walkable and bikeable urban neighborhoods with the vision that El Camino Real will become a Grand Boulevard linking communities to promote walking and transit and an improved and meaningful quality of life. Developed under the leadership of Russell Hancock, President/CEO of Joint Ventures Silicon Valley Network, and Michael Scanlon, Executive Director, San Mateo County Transit District, the Grand Boulevard Initiative Task Force is a model of public-private partnership. The Task Force includes the collaboration of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, 19 cities, ABAG, MTC and other state and regional agencies, the California Department of Transportation, the Valley Transportation Authority, SamTrans, two Congestion Management Agencies, businesses, non profits, neighborhood advocates, and community organizations. In collaboration, ten guiding principles were crafted and approved by all the local governments and other Task Force members to frame all local related projects: target housing and job growth in strategic areas; encourage compact development with high quality design; create multimodal and pedestrian-oriented settings with strong transit/bike/pedestrian connections; manage parking assets; provide lively public spaces; improve public safety and health; pursue sustainable development, while preserving the unique community character of the cities along the El Camino Real corridor.

  • On the Ground, Getting It Done
    City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Housing Corporation
    In partnership with the City of Palo Alto, The Palo Alto Housing Corporation (PAHC) completed the Tree House Apartments, a green, affordable 35 unit multi-family apartment building, receiving the highest green rating of all multi-family projects at affordable or market rate. Sustainable features include energy efficient heating and air systems, appliances, landscaping, and green construction methods. The Tree House Apartments offer special needs families, persons with disabilities, and persons transitioning from homelessness the choice of 33 studios and two one-bedroom affordable residential units. Residents are also provided with free VTA passes, and on-site services that include language skills, financial literacy and job-skills training. The city, which has partnered with PAHC since 1972, producing over 600 units of affordable rental housing, provided significant funding and assistance with permitting and review process to provide this outstanding example of affordable housing.

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