There is another great OpEd in the Daily Journal by a guy I don't know named Chuck MacDougald from South City. Two months ago, I highlighted a similar piece by a Belmont councilwoman here. MacDougald's piece on the One Bay Area Plan goes a bit further and is worth the read. Here's a taste
The Draft Plan Bay Area arose out of the flawed Assembly Bill 32 and Senate Bill 375, which mandated that super regional planning agencies (and not local, accountable governments) draw up plans to reduce greenhouse emissions in their areas. In our area, that’s the nine-county Association of Bay Area Governments, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and others. These bureaucratic behemoths saw their chance, and they took it.
The draft plan is their attempt to remake the populated areas of the nine-county region into clones of downtown San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. Their chosen weapon of coercion — what, you don’t want to live in some rabbit-warren of a high-rise? — is funding to repair your roads, your bridges and your highways. The MTC website makes it clear; transportation funding will reward “jurisdictions that accept housing allocations through the Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) process.”
It's not one big Bay Area and your own tax dollars should not be used against you to try to make it one.