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Posted Monday, November 25, 2013

Rebates for Energy Upgrades Come to Bay Area

New Website Connects Homeowners with Free Home Upgrade Advisor Service


The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) has announced that Bay Area homeowners now can get rebates and special assistance for making home improvements that increase energy efficiency. Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade offers rebates to single-family homeowners (one to four units) in the nine Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. Details about the rebates and a free Home Upgrade Advisor service are at BayAreaEnergyUpgrade.org.

Homeowners who make energy efficiency improvements are eligible for incentives from $1,000 to $4,500, plus an additional $300 for completing a home energy assessment. Eligible home improvements include air sealing; duct sealing; attic insulation; high-efficiency furnaces, cooling systems, and water systems; wall insulation; and more.

In addition, a free Home Upgrade Advisor can provide direct one-to-one assistance to help homeowners through every step of the upgrade. Home Upgrade Advisors are Building Performance Institute certified energy efficiency professionals who can inform homeowners about their energy efficiency options, help them select an appropriate participating contractor, and help them navigate project installation and financing processes.

Homeowners can contact a Home Upgrade Advisor by calling 866-878-6008 or by submitting a brief form on the BayAreaEnergyUpgrade.org site. The site also features a list of participating contractors in the Bay Area. Homeowners who are ready to begin their upgrade can contact a participating contractor directly.

“There’s never been a better time for Bay Area homeowners to complete energy-efficient home improvements,” said Jennifer Berg, BayREN Program Manager. “Energy upgrades not only help you save energy and money but also enhance indoor air quality, making your home healthier and more livable and your family more comfortable all year round. And these rebates and personalized assistance from a Home Upgrade Advisor make it easy to get all the benefits of energy efficiency upgrades plus get cash back.”

About BayREN
BayREN is a resource for local governments to implement large-scale, cross-sector energy management strategies on a regional level. Led by the Association of Bay Area Governments, BayREN is made up of public agencies representing all nine counties in the Bay Area. BayREN is one of only two regional energy networks in California and represents 20% of the state’s population and half the population within the Pacific Gas and Electric Company service territory. For more information, call 866-878-6008 or visit www.bayareaenergyupgrade.org.

Posted Friday, August 2, 2013

Local Government Health and Wellness Forum
Creating Healthy Communities

Co-sponsored by ABAG and Kaiser Permanente on September 12, 2013
View Presentations and Other Resources


The Local Government Health and Wellness Forum on Creating Healthy Communities was offered as a special resource and benefit for ABAG member cities, towns, and counties on Thursday, September 12th in the MetroCenter Auditorium in Oakland. Expert panelists showcased best practices demonstrating how communities can become healthier places to live, work and play. View these presentations online as shown below to learn more about creating worksite wellness programs, walkable active communities, and accessible healthy food options.

Loel Solomon, Ph.D., Vice President, Community Health, Kaiser Permanente
http://www.abag.ca.gov/rss/pdfs/SolomonKeynote.pdf

Scott Hadley, Human Resources Benefits Manager, County of Marin
http://www.abag.ca.gov/rss/pdfs/ScottHadley.pdf

Barbara Brown, Occupational Health Program Manager, Solano County Health and Social Services
href="http://wwww.abag.ca.gov/rss/pdfs/BarbaraBrown.pdf

Melissa Stevenson Dile, Assistant City Manager, City of Mountain View
http://www.abag.ca.gov/rss/pdfs/MelissaStevensonDile.pdf

Supervisor Eric Mar, City and County of San Francisco
http://www.abag.ca.gov/rss/pdfs/SupervisorEricMar.pdf

Coire Reilly, Manager Injury, Prevention & Physical Activity Promotion Project Community Wellness and Prevention Program, Contra Costa Health Services
http://www.abag.ca.gov/rss/pdfs/CoireReilly.pdf

Preston Maring, MD, Kaiser Permanente Associate Physician-in Chief
http://www.abag.ca.gov/rss/pdfs/Blackbeansaladrecipe.pdf

Other Local Government Health and Wellness Resources (links)


Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign
http://www.healcitiescampaign.org/policies.html

HEAL Zones
http://bit.ly/healzones

Healthy Workplace Strategies
http://www.grahamlowe.ca/documents/93/Hlthy%20wkpl%20strategies%20report.pdf

American Heart Association: Fit Friendly Workplace
http://www.startwalkingnow.org/Fit-FriendlyCompaniesProgram.jsp

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
http://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/

Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO)
http://www.the-hero.org/

East Bay Parks Trails Challenge
http://www.regionalparksfoundation.org/page.aspx?pid=582

San Francisco Department of Public Health
http://www.sfdph.org/dph/default.asp

Shape Up San Francisco
http://www.shapeupsfwalkingchallenge.org

Contra Costa County Health Services
Community Wellness and Prevention Program
http://bit.ly/CCHSCWPP

City of Richmond Community Health and Wellness Element
http://bit.ly/healthelement

Concord HEAL
http://bit.ly/monumentHEAL

Healthy and Livable Pittsburg
http://bit.ly/healthypittsburg

Marin County Wellness
http://www.marincounty.org/e3wellness
http://www.facebook.com/e3wellness

Sonoma County Healthy Habits
http://www.sonoma-county.org/healthyhabits

Santa Clara County Wellness
http://www.sccgov.org/sites/wellness/

Live Healthy America
http://www.livehealthyamerica.org/



Posted Monday, July 22, 2013

Final Plan Bay Area Adopted - Materials Available


The Final Bay Area Plan was adopted at a joint board meeting of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) on July 18, 2013. This Plan includes the region’s Sustainable Communities Strategy and the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan – and an associated final Environmental Impact Report.

Plan Bay Area materials are available at http://www.onebayarea.org/regional-initiatives/plan-bay-area/draft-plan-bay-area.html and the items approved and draft amendments proposed are available at Update Final PBA Revisions Draft Plan 7-15-13 Update Final PBA Revisions Draft Plan 7-15-13.
When the approved text revisions have been incorporated into Plan Bay Area, the Final Plan will be available at http://www.onebayarea.org/.

Posted Friday, July 19, 2013

Plan Bay Area Charts Course
for Stronger Economy, Cleaner Air
$292 Billion Transportation Blueprint


The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) on July 18th adopted Plan Bay Area, an integrated transportation and land-use strategy through 2040 that marks the nine-county region’s first long-range plan. The plan was developed to meet the requirements of California’s landmark 2008 Senate Bill 375, which calls on each of the state’s 18 metropolitan areas to develop a Sustainable Communities Strategy to accommodate future population growth and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks. Working in collaboration with cities and counties, the Plan advances initiatives to expand housing and transportation choices, create healthier communities, and build a stronger regional economy.

Plan Bay Area is an historic and important step forward for our region,” explained Napa County Supervisor Mark Luce, who also serves as President of the ABAG Executive Board and as an MTC Commissioner. “It’s the product of more than three years of collaboration between cities and counties to do our part to create a more sustainable Bay Area for current and future generations.”

Noting that Plan Bay Area is the successor to Transportation 2035, the long-range plan adopted by MTC in 2009, Commission Chair and Orinda Mayor Amy Rein Worth described the new plan as evolutionary rather than revolutionary “For decades, MTC has been charged by state and federal law to produce a long-term regional transportation plan, while ABAG has been responsible for assessing regional housing needs. Plan Bay Area puts these elements together in a way that makes sense.”

Projecting a healthy regional economy, the Plan anticipates that the Bay Area’s population will grow from about 7 million today to some 9 million by 2040. “Maintaining our region’s high quality of life,” continued Worth, “will depend on making wise decisions about transportation, housing and land use.”

Plan Bay Area provides a strategy for meeting 80% of the region’s future housing needs in Priority Development Areas (PDAs). These are neighborhoods within walking distance of frequent transit service, offering a wide variety of housing options, and featuring amenities such as grocery stores, community centers, and restaurants. Identified by cities and towns across the region, the PDAs range from regional centers like downtown San Jose to suburban centers like Walnut Creek’s West Downtown area, to smaller town centers such as the Suisun City Waterfront. The Plan funds mixed-income housing production and locally-led planning in PDAs.

Plan Bay Area’s transportation element specifies how some $292 billion in anticipated federal, state and local funds will be spent through 2040. Nearly 87 percent (or $253 billion) will be used to maintain and operate the transportation network we already have. Another way of looking at the distribution of the revenues — which include fuel taxes, public transit fares, bridge tolls, property taxes and dedicated sales taxes — is by mode of transportation. Maintenance and operation of the Bay Area’s existing public transit services will receive about 54 percent ($159 billion) of the revenues. The remainder includes 32 percent for street, road, highway and bridge maintenance; 7 percent for transit expansion; and 5 percent for roadway and bridge expansion. A $3.1 billion reserve comprised of anticipated future funding through the California Air Resources Board’s Cap-and-Trade program for greenhouse gas emissions accounts for another 1 percent of expected revenues.

At an evening meeting in Oakland, MTC and the ABAG Executive Board jointly approved both the final Plan Bay Area — which includes the region’s Sustainable Communities Strategy and the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan — and an associated final Environmental Impact Report. The ABAG Executive Board separately approved a state-mandated Regional Housing Needs Allocation for 2014 through 2022. MTC separately approved the 2013 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which updates the list of Bay Area projects that receive federal funds, are subject to federal action, or are considered regionally significant; as well as a final Air Quality Conformity Analysis that establishes both the TIP and Plan Bay Area comply with federal air pollution standards.

The final adopted Plan Bay Area will soon be available at http://www.onebayarea.org/.

MTC is the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area’s transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency. ABAG is the official regional planning agency for the Bay Area’s cities and counties.


Posted Monday, May 13, 2013

New San Francisco Bay Trail Maps Now Available


The completely re-designed and updated San Francisco Bay Trail maps invite you to enjoy the 330 miles of completed shoreline paths. Easy-to-pack and easy-to-use, the San Francisco Bay Trail maps are now available for purchase at http://www.baytrail.org for $14.95, just in time for Bike to Work Day on May 9th. A companion online and mobile phone application are also available by visiting the website.

Conveniently packaged in a colorful box, 25 four-by-seven-inch map cards and a large fold-out map are essential tools to discovering the San Francisco Bay Trail—a shoreline walking and bicycling path that will one day encircle the entire Bay, stretching 500 miles through all nine Bay Area counties. With over 330 miles of trail currently in place, there’s a ride or a stroll for everyone from the long-time local to the first-time tourist. The maps were funded in part by the State Coastal Conservancy.

The Bay Trail passes through highly urbanized areas such as downtown San Francisco and natural areas such as the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. It offers access to commercial, industrial, and residential neighborhoods; points of historic, natural and cultural interest; recreational areas such as beaches, marinas, fishing piers, boat launches, and over 130 parks and wildlife preserves. The Bay Trail offers access on paved multi-use paths, dirt trails, bike lanes, and sidewalks.

The San Francisco Bay Trail Project is a non-profit organization administered by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and supported by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).

Posted Monday, April 22, 2013

ABAG Spring General Assembly, April 18, 2013
Planning for People and Places
Speaker and Panelists Presentations


Robert Reich, Former US Secretary of Labor; Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
Presentation not available

Allan Jacobs, Author, Great Streets and Making City Planning Work; Professor Emeritus UC Berkeley
http://www.abag.ca.gov/rss/pdfs/AllanJacobsABAGTalk2013.pdf

Bonnie Fisher, Principal, ROMA Design
http://www.abag.ca.gov/rss/pdfs/BonnieFisherABAGPres.pdf

David Rabbitt, Sonoma County Supervisor
http://www.abag.ca.gov/rss/pdfs/DavidRabbittFisherTownDesignMixedUsePetaluma.pdf

Anu Natarajan, City of Fremont Vice Mayor
http://www.abag.ca.gov/rss/pdfs/AnuPDAplacemaking.pdf

Laurel Prevetti, Assistant Planning Director, City of San Jose
http://www.abag.ca.gov/rss/pdfs/ABAGLaurelPrevetti.pdf

Posted Monday, April 8, 2013

Review and Comment on Draft Plan Bay Area and Companion Draft Environmental Impact Report


The Draft Plan Bay Area and the companion Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) were recently released by the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. This starts the public comment period for the long-range plan that looks forward to the year 2040.

Click here to Review and Comment on the Draft Plan Bay Area (release date Friday, March 22, 2013; close of comment period, 4 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2013).

Click here to Review and Comment on the Draft EIR, which examines the proposed plan and four alternatives and analyzes the range of potential environmental impacts that could result from the implementation of Plan Bay Area (release date Tuesday, April 2, 2013; close of comment period, 4 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2013).

Posted Monday, March 4, 2013

APA Basic Planning 101 Workshop Series Offered for Planning Commissioners, Elected Officials and Planners


The American Planning Association (APA) California Chapter Northern Section will offer a series of four FREE workshops that will cover planning fundamentals with emphasis on practical planning skills. The workshops are appropriate for planning commissioners, elected officials and planners. Each workshop will cover different topics and will be led by experienced planning professionals. The workshop series is co-sponsored by the Bay Area Planning Directors Association (BAPDA) and ABAG. Light breakfast will be provided. Seating is limited and preference will go to planning commissioners.

Workshop #1:
MARCH 23
9:00 AM to 12:15 PM
San Jose Library, Rose Garden Branch, 1580 Naglee Avenue, SAN JOSE.
Topics: role of officials and staff; Roberts Rules of Order; public hearing procedures; making an effective public record; basics of general plans and zoning.

Workshop #2:
APRIL 6
9:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Community Center, Garden Room, 7007 Moeser Lane, EL CERRITO
Topics: land use legal principles and key cases; defensible findings and project conditions; development project case study.

Workshop #3:
MAY 11
9:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road at Bellevue, BURLINGAME
Topics: housing laws and elements, RHNA process; design guidelines and design review; integrating climate change and sustainability into plans and codes.

Workshop #4:
JUNE 1
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Avenue, SAN LEANDRO
Topic: basic CEQA and environmental review.

To register or for more information, contact Janet Palma, AICP at janetpalma@comcast.net. Visit the APA Northern Section website for more training opportunities: www.norcalapa.org.

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