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Opinion: Clarifying ABAG's Housing Role

Letter to the editor: Rezoning decisions rest with the city, town or county, says communications officer for the Association of Bay Area Governments.

By Kathleen Cha

In the writer has cited inaccurately the role and scope of authority related to the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Bay Area’s Council of Governments and regional planning agency. ABAG does not have the authority to rezone areas for higher density and low income housing. These are decisions held/made exclusively by the city/town/county.

What ABAG is involved in is a regionwide collaboration of regional agencies and the Bay Area’s 101 cities and towns and nine counties to plan for future housing needs. This Plan Bay Area partnership is about finding opportunities to better connect homes and jobs and strategizing about how to increase housing production and affordability, and transportation alternatives.

Kathleen Cha
ABAG Senior Communications Officer

Linda Delehunt November 16, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Thank you...You are very kind and I do appreciate your comment. I can assure you, my heart and brain are really in the right place. Perhaps my stars are simply not aligned right now :(
Chris Nicholson November 16, 2012 at 05:15 PM
When I contemplate the downward spiral in CA fueled by union influence, I get so worked up that I sometimes comfort myself in the guilty indulgence of the venerable Hostess Twinkie. What's that? Why are bakers and tobacco workers in the same union?
Nice and Rough November 16, 2012 at 05:30 PM
What will sympathetic Catholic juries and defense attorneys do without Twinkies? How will they let murderers go nearly unpunished? Bring back the Twinkies.
Nice and Rough November 16, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Well, at least, there's still Krispy Kreme.
Orinda Tax Payer & Registered Democrat June 16, 2013 at 01:31 AM
ABAG and MTC are extremely very bad news for small town and large alike. They are anything but collaborative - carrot and stick is too kind a way of expressing it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGNt48seCoQ

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