Transportation power has regional land-use group in a bag

By Todd R. Hansen : dailyrepublic – excerpt VALLEJO — A regional coalition of nine counties and 101 cities is trying to keep a heartbeat while being squeezed by a more powerful regional commission. Ezra Rapport, executive director of the Association of Bay Area Governments, presented an overview of what the organization hopes to accomplish … More Transportation power has regional land-use group in a bag

Bay Area needs powerful regional government, study says

By Andrew McGall : contracostatimes – excerpt The Bay Area generates one of the brightest sparks in the nation’s recovering economy, but feeding its vitality means residents will have to give up some local control, dig deeper into their wallets, and make room for tens of thousands of new neighbors, according to study released Friday. … More Bay Area needs powerful regional government, study says

Special Deal Would Benefit Influential Oakland Developer

By Darwin BondGraham : eastbayextress – excerpt The Oakland planning department quietly proposed zoning changes that would greatly benefit a politically connected developer in the heart of First Friday. The proposed zoning changes would make it easier for Signature Development to build a large mixed-use project across the street from the company’s Hive development in … More Special Deal Would Benefit Influential Oakland Developer