I don't know John McDowell--never heard of him before today--but he is right on the money with his Stuck in the Zone opinion piece in today's DJ.
Imagine, if you will, a democracy where your voice doesn’t count, where regional unelected bureaucrats make decisions for you, and where your city is shaped by Sacramento and not your city council.
He goes into detail
That’s because Plan Bay Area lays out what can and cannot be built and where that building must occur. The glossy brochures make that plain to those who take the time to read them. Essentially, the plan divides the nine Bay Area counties into Priority Development Areas, or PDAs, and Priority Conservation Areas, or PCAs. The plan mandates that development take place in the narrowly prescribed PDAs, which include city centers, mixed-use corridors and transit town centers.
In San Mateo County, that means a narrow strip around El Camino Real and the Caltrain tracks will be expected to absorb almost 94,000 new households in the next 25 years. No wonder they are stack and pack.
You really must click through and read the whole piece. I'll get more info on the Nine-County Coalition he refers to at the end.