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Restarting ABAG thread

Original post made by stephen levy, University South, on Nov 14, 2013

Town Square has a new feature for regular bloggers. If you click on Blogs and then click on recent posts, you can see when old threads are restarted much as you can now for regular Town Square where the most recent posts go the top of the list.

I restarted an ABAG thread as some posters wanted to continue the discussion and there is a lot of background already on the August thread.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Nov 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm

ABAG is dictating the number of new houses/units to be built by a certain date. If you go back to the beginning of the SB 375 approval in 2005 and retrieve the number of developments in PA since that time you will find we have exceeded the number of units required. We are done.
The secondary goal of ABAG is to use eminent domain to replace long standing housing units which have a low tax assessment value with new housing that will change up the tax base for the property. HSR is doing that now in Fresno - forcing out families and businesses that have been in place for 30 years. Force the people out then lease back the property at current market value. They have not broken ground on the actual HSR but they are busy getting property. The differential between tax assessed value and current market value is how the funding is being derived - in part.
Let's assume today that HSR will not go down Central Expressway/Alma - That leaves the better idea of bringing BART down the western side of the peninsula to meet up with the San Jose BART connection so we now have the bay connection completed. That goal will be more helpful in this discussion - not in competition with Caltrain but supporting it on the western side to help move people. That can help Redwood City, Menlo Park/Stanford, Mountain View, Los Altos, Cupertino. Align along the 280 side.

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Posted by What is ABAG
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 15, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Can someone PLEASE explain what ABAG is?

Why does it have so much power?

is it an elected body?

What is ABAG's legal, governmental or organizational structure that makes anything they say relevant?

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Posted by stephen levy
a resident of University South
on Nov 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm

stephen levy is a registered user.

Click on the Blogs tab at the top of the page. Click on recent posts.

Click on Regional Growth Plans Explained.

I explain about ABAG and the issues being discussed.

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Posted by stephen levy
a resident of University South
on Nov 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm

stephen levy is a registered user.

ABAG is a voluntary regional association of the cities and counties in the region. Representatives to ABAG are elected council members and supervisors who are appointed to serve on ABAG committees by the local governments they represent.

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