Metropolitan Transportation Commission holding $29,000 taxpayer-funded meeting at Wine Country inn

By : mercurynews – excerpt Metropolitan Transportation Commission holding $29,000 taxpayer-funded meeting at Wine Country inn Talk about tone-deaf. Members and staff of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission are holding a $29,000 taxpayer-funded, overnight retreat this week at the posh Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, where the first order of business will include discussion of affordable housing. … More Metropolitan Transportation Commission holding $29,000 taxpayer-funded meeting at Wine Country inn

Prop. 54: A Ballot Initiative That Worked

By Atlas Novack : smmirror – excerpt There’s nothing politicians and lobbyists in this state hate more than the ballot initiative process to which they all pay hypocritical verbal homage every chance they get. It’s easy to see why they don’t like lawmaking by the public, the essence of initiatives: The process takes important issues … More Prop. 54: A Ballot Initiative That Worked

Major Changes May Come to Bay Area Planning As MTC and ABAG Move Toward Merger

Michael Krasny : KQED – excerpt – (includes audio) THE MERGER UNDER CONSIDERATION http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201602180900 The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are responsible for housing and transportation planning for the Bay Area, including the controversial “Plan Bay Area” mandate. Now there’s talk of merging the two agencies, with a … More Major Changes May Come to Bay Area Planning As MTC and ABAG Move Toward Merger

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