The front page article in this weekend's Daily Post about Palo Alto losing its appeal on its so-called "housing quota" reminded me that this same farce affects B'game. The Association of Bay Area Governments, known as ABAG, issues poorly grounded growth forecasts for Bay Area population, then uses those forecasts to dictate how much housing each city needs to add. In Paly's case it is 2,179 new units over the next decade! Paly Mayor Greg Scharff is quoted saying "Most people think it's too much housing for our community." Indeed, and the rest aren't thinking.
The stick that goes along with this dictatorial move is the authority to pass out federal transportation funds. In B'game's case, they want us to add 800 units over the next decade! Yikes. Here's hoping B'game and the rest of the Peninsula continue to ignore ABAG. Where are the Greens on this one?