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Crowded now? 1.7-million more coming, Bay Area organization predicts

9-county area will be home to 9-million by 2035

The Bay Area will be home to an additional 1.7 million people over the next 25 years and they will witness rising sea levels, a reduced snow pack, additional forest fires and more record heat days, according to a report released Friday by the Association of Bay Area Governments.

The 162-page report, titled "Projections and Priorities 2009: Building Momentum," was released during a conference in Oakland Friday morning.

The Bay Area Governments Association's biennial report releases forecasts about the nine-county region's growth, employment, income and households in five-year increments between 2000 and 2035.

The population of the Bay Area will be 9 million and 2.3 million of them will be 60 years or older, according to the report.

There will be 1.6 million more jobs and 635,000 more homes, ABAG predicts.

Santa Clara will be the largest populated county with 2.4 million people followed by Alameda with 1.9 million and Contra Costa with 1.3 million residents, ABAG forecasts.

The report states 41 percent of the Bay Area's CO2 emissions come from transportation and that rejecting sprawl in favor of compact development will reduce both vehicle miles traveled and CO2 emissions 20-40 percent.

Priority development areas with heavy or light rail, bus service or ferry terminals will see significant increases in housing and jobs, the ABAG report states.

The percentage of the region's population living near transit will increase from 21 to 30 percent and the number of jobs in transit areas will rise from 35 to 43 percent.

The report has been in the making since February 2008.

James Lanaras, Bay City News, Jeb Bing

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Posted by Junk Science
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 3, 2009 at 12:05 am

Bay Area population increase? Wow! 9mil. to 2.3 mil? OOOh ABAG, your research has been in the making since 2008, so we should now use you as a credible source of information. Sorry, Any one can put together an association, coalition and Pac... Looks like a simple increase in illegal aliens...

As for their attempt to scare the public with their version of global warming Junk Science?...

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Al Gore imagines that future poets will be singing his praises 1,000 years from now. In the meantime back on Planet Earth, he may have to settle for the slings and arrows that he deserves for his epic hypocrisy.

A year after the Tennessee Center for Policy Research exposed Gore’s prodigious personal use of electricity at his Nashville mansion (20 times the national average), the center reported this week that Gore’s personal electricity consumption during the past year actually increased by 10 percent!

So while he campaigns for Americans to curtail their electricity use — YOU should take cold showers, forego air conditioning and dry YOUR clothes on a clothesline — Gore is plugging IN and turning ON more than EVER!

He tried to defend himself by stating that his family "has taken numerous steps to reduce the carbon footprint of their private residence, including signing up for 100 percent green power …, installing solar panels and using compact fluorescent bulbs and other energy-saving technology."

But the bottom line is it's all based on "Global Warming Junk Science", the "Godfather" of fearmongering...


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Posted by Johnson
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Sep 3, 2009 at 8:30 am

Illegal aliens will double that----


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Posted by Ken in South Pleasanton
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 3, 2009 at 8:57 am

Gimme a break! Will the record temps be like the ones we've experienced this last summer? Whoooo, can't remember a hotter summer in my 20 years in the valley! This is just another scare tactic perpetrated by those who are convinced that had we been around tens of thousands of years ago we could have saved the dinosaurs and prevented the ice age. Gimme a break!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 3, 2009 at 9:41 am

What a joke to predict that only 1.7 million will be coming. It's more sane to predict that within the next few years, 1.7 million new residents will be living in Northern CA, legal & illegal!

The US is at the mercy of immigrants who come in through its open borders and by air and sea. As long as business profits from cheap labor, you can forget about any policy to control the flow of immigrants. Immigrants are so determined to have a better life that they will continue to devise ways to out slick a policy on paper only. A few million deportations are just that, deportations. Americans know that it is a waste of tax monies to deport immigrants because they're back in a few days, or hours in some cases.

If the weather does in fact get hotter and hotter, the brown skinned people are more suited to the climate change. The lighter skinned people may have to move north to survive.

If you think that the unemployment rates in CA are disturbing now, wait until the population grows and business clearly demonstrates that it prefers cheap labor with no benefits. Americans are gonna need more that a fan to survive what's coming.


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Sep 4, 2009 at 12:46 am

There was an article in our local paper sometime ago that stated more people were moving out of California than were moving in.

If ABAG's prediction is correct, who will employ these people. Business is moving out of California/Bay Area at an alarming rate due to the "hoops" they must jump through to do business here...


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Posted by Peter
a resident of Castlewood
on Sep 4, 2009 at 8:55 am

I'm in my 60's, so I've been around along long enough to see the continued decline in quality of life in the U. S. as our population explodes. I've also travelled to a number of other countries where the population density is higher than ours, and its not a pretty picture. If the Federal Government does not reverse this trend and drastically cut immigration, both legal and illegal, our children and grandchidren are not going to enjoy the living standards we have had during our lives - not by a long shot.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 4, 2009 at 11:19 am

The people that are moving into CA are undocumented and there is no way to accurately count how many are already here and how many arrive daily. They are spreading throughout the US and Spanish is now being spoken in every state of the union. The media is expanding to accommodate the Spanish speaking population

The US government has an immigration policy ON PAPER ONLY. Keep in mind also that many of the immigrants are also potential terrorists. That group is being welcomed into Venezuela by Hugo Chavez, learning Spanish, and coming into the US by air, land and sea. I think that they are sleeper cells.

The US has failed to protect its borders and I recommend that Americans take classes in Spanish and Mandarin or Cantonese.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 4, 2009 at 1:53 pm

There are relatively few "Spanish" immigrants coming into the US. Most of the Spanish speaking immigrants are from Mexico, Central and South America. Many also speak Mayan languages + Spanish. The immigrants that Hugo Chavez is embracing are from the middle east and many are Palestinian and Arabs. The Jewish population in Venezuela is fearful that it's that population that is potentially dangerous to their survival.

You're right about the risks taken and the lost lives of immigrants coming into the US through our borders. That population has beenmurdered, shot at, raped, sold into sex slavery, organs harvested and abused by big/small business. Most will survive and contribute to the betterment of the US. Their children will become educated, attend college and become responsible citizens.

It's a wonderful today...I think I'll take my dogs to the B E A C H!


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Posted by goblygook
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Sep 5, 2009 at 7:01 pm

If only the Native Americans had stopped immigration 500 years ago. Boy, those were the days!


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Sep 5, 2009 at 7:04 pm

I thought all the businesses that closed down on Main St. went out of business. I didn't realize that all of them may have just moved out of the state to Nevada or some other state!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 5, 2009 at 7:24 pm

They're back...many of the undocumented immigrants are "indians". There is an extensive history of genocide in the Americas. Even today, the indigenous people of the Americas are an endangered people. Their tribal lands are frequently stolen and mined for whatever is valuable. They don't have many places to go so the younger ones come to the US to survive.

What amazes me is the way that they are treated by other people of color, as if they are sub-human. The indians are the immigrants that are at greatest risk on dying in the US. When they become ill, most do not use ER's. Sorry to say so but anytime I meet up with one that speaks Spanish, I tell them it is appropriate to seek medical attention even if they have no money to pay for services.


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