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Regional planning staff respond to public comments on Plan Bay Area

Original post made on Jun 18, 2013

Planners from the Metropolitan Transportation Committee and Association of Bay Area Governments reviewed and discussed public comments on Plan Bay Area Friday morning. The four-hour meeting highlighted concerns and added new initiatives.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 17, 2013, 9:08 AM

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Posted by Save Marinwood
a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2013 at 10:38 am

Running press releases from government agencies is not journalism. A simple search of the source report will reveal that over 90% of the commentary received on Plan Bay Area by ordinary people objected to the plan. In our community alone, we had over 750 signatures on letters opposing the One Bay Area Plan. This little publicized Plan will have a dramatic effect on property rights, taxes, growth and politics for at least 25 years. There is no significant public support for this plan see:

Web Link

Keep in mind that this is the EDITED version. They received thousands more responses but "simplified" the responses.

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Posted by Mimi Steel
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 18, 2013 at 10:54 am


It is beyond disappointing that a so-called journalist would simply reguritate the false information and lies that a government bureaucracy puts out in order to mislead the population in to supporting something that is so bad for the Bay Area that they can not be honest about what they are doing and they will not put this up for a vote.

Plan Bay Area has been flying under the radar for 2 years. The Stakeholder groups that stand to benefit from this Plan are all in favor of it. The taxpayers who will be footing the bill and seeing their communities and their way of life destroyed are clueless.

The height of the hypocracy is that telephone "survey" that purports to show 84% in favor of the Plan. When you lie about what the Plan will do (the survey says it will be good for the economy, make housing affordable and improve transportation) it is no wonder low information people say they are in favor of it. The reality of what the Plan will do is the exact opposite. Listen to a citizen call out the survey: Web Link

If you want to understand what the Plan is truly about, read my article that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News entitled: Plan Bay Area is an attack on a way of life: Web Link

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Posted by Sue Caro
a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2013 at 11:52 am

Plan Bay Area is the result of the mandates from the state through SB375 which also provides the tools to coerce local communities. Pleasanton has already experienced this when outside affordable housing organizations sued the city because under a prior voter approved limit to housing development in Pleasanton, the group did not think there would be enough affordable housing. After losing several rounds in court, Pleasanton accumulated close to $2.0 million in legal fees and settled. Now the city of Pleasanton must find and re-zone several tracts of land to provide low income and moderate income housing to meet regional mandates. There goes local control.

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Posted by Jaime Castro
a resident of Dublin
on Jun 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Interesting concept for the powerful special interest groups, big government, big labor and big developers that if passed would allow the power brokers to influence just one governing group rather than having to deal separately with the leaders of every county and local city government.

Yes, per your article it does make sense to a select few and an obvious detriment to un unrepresented class that benefits from keeping decisions about their neighborhoods local.

Shame of the Pleasanton Weekly News

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Posted by Tyrannized Beyond Belief
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jun 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm

As a proud Humvee owner who dislikes bicyclists, global warming alarmists, and the majority of Oakland's population, I do not want my rights and safety compromised simply in order for liberal tools of the UN to put the kabosh on my way of life. I've been to Portland, and the number of bicyclists was enough to sicken me.

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Posted by Kenneth Smith
a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm

I am just an ordinary citizen living in Sunnyvale who had the opportunity to really learn about Plan Bay Area within the last couple weeks and had the opportunity to see the debate held at the Marin Civic Center. I am embarrassed to admit how little I knew prior to two weeks ago. This whole issue has been very well below the radar of the majority of hard-working Bay Area residents and we certainly can't rely on modern journalism to tell the truth as exemplified so well in the article referenced here. All of us Americans need to start hearing the truth! From Washington to Sacramento and beyond!!

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Posted by A Thomas of Alameda
a resident of another community
on Jun 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm

It's completely ridiculous to me that people are accusing Plan Bay Area's planners of taking away their rights. You don't understand your rights. Planning is done locally. Your city council, whom you vote for, represents you in decisions. If cities decide they don't want to change their General Plans, there's not much any regional governmental agency can do. Read SB 375 closer. If cities don't want the funding because they refuse to make these changes, that's fine. More funding for other cities. Changes in your General Plans requires citizen comment; that means you have a voice and can change the GP to meet your needs. And if your city councilor does something you don't like, then vote them out of office. Also, please read the Constitution, both the state and US, before spreading your ignorant paranoia. And Plan Bay Area has not been flying under any radar. As soon as SB 375 took effect, the regional organizations were required to establish an Sustainable Community Strategy once California Air Resources Board set the GHG remissions reduction targets. SB 375 was passed in both the State Senate and Assembly and signed by Schwarzenegger. All of this was quite transparent and is of public record.

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