September 2017 Updates 
Housing Bills Advance to the Governor's Desk
On September 15, 2017, the California Legislature sent to the Governor's desk a suite of housing bills intended to begin addressing the state's chronic housing shortage. The bills include new ongoing revenue, a one-time jolt of new money and some reforms as required by Governor Brown to gain his support for the funding elements of a housing package. The Governor has until October 15 th to sign or veto these bills.
The core elements of the package are summarized as follows.
SB 3 (Beall) would provide an immediate influx of $4 billion in bond funding and SB 2 (Atkins) would generate an estimated $200 million - $300 million per year in ongoing revenues to support a range of investments, including planning for affordable housing; construction, preservation and homeownership programs; and matching funds to support local or regional housing trust funds. Bond revenues could additionally fund infrastructure investments  including streets, sidewalks,  parks and utilities that support new infill and transit-oriented housing development. Of the ongoing SB 2 revenues, a minimum of 70 percent would be allocated to local governments.

SB 35 (Wiener) - the core bill that meets the Governor's "reform" criteria - would streamline approvals for certain qualified housing developments. Lawmakers also sent to the Governor another dozen housing bills which would make a range of regulatory and enforcement-related changes. For example, AB 73 (Chiu) and SB 540 (Roth) would authorize financial incentives for local governments to expedite project approvals by completing upfront zoning and environmental review. AB 1505 (Bloom) would re-affirm the right of local governments to apply inclusionary zoning policies to rental housing.

ABAG has taken positions on a number of these bills. A housing package summary with more information is available through the Legislation & Governmental Organization (L&GO) September Meeting Agenda, at . A summary of significant housing bills is available at

For comments or questions about ABAG's legislative agenda, please contact Rebecca Long, Manager of Government Relations, at or 415-778-5289.
Energy Planning: Implementing Microgrids as a Resilience Strategy Workshop
September 28, 2017

Communities are increasingly tapping into microgrids to support goals to decrease their carbon footprint, increase energy reliability, and support community development. A microgrid is a specialized energy component that can operate in unison with or independent of the electric grid. The technology has been around for decades, but recent advances, growing knowledge networks, increasing regulatory attention, and robust state incentives are expanding the deployment of microgrids by and for Bay Area municipalities.

Join ABAG and  BayREN in discussing how microgrids can serve local governments, and how they fit into resilience planning. The workshop will highlight case studies of Bay Area cities that have taken different approaches to designing and deploying microgrids, and feature representatives from PG&E. The operational, regulatory, and financial aspects of microgrid initiatives will be showcased.

Lunch will be included. Be sure to let us know of any food restrictions or preferences in your RSVP.

For more information, contact Michael Germeraad at
Cap and Trade Extended to 2030

The governor and state legislators extended California's Cap-and-Trade Program to 2030. T he cap-and-trade program requires companies to buy permits to release greenhouse gases emissions and  provides a key tool for meeting the state's ambitious goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Cap and Trade also generates important revenue for housing and jobs. The five-year-old program is the only one of its kind in the country.

The Legislature passed AB 398 by a two-thirds margin, providing a 10-year extension of the state's Cap-and-Trade program for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. AB 398 will benefit transportation and affordable housing as a result of the various programs funded by cap-and-trade allowances. This includes the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, which receives 20 percent of funds, the Transit Capital and Intercity Rail Capital Program, which receives 10 percent of funds, and the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program, which receives 5 percent of funds. 

State of the Estuary Conference

The 2017 State of the Estuary Conference will be held October 10-11 at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center in Oakland. Every two years, the San Francisco Estuary Partnership brings a focus on the management and ecological health of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. The State of the Estuary Conference showcases the latest information about the Estuary's changing watersheds, impacts from major stressors, recovery programs for species and habitats, and emerging challenges.

The conference is at the Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive in Oakland. 

The full conference program is available on the conference website 

Celebrations on October 7th
2nd Annual Bay Day
Bay Day -- Saturday, October 7th is a holiday dedicated to connecting Bay Area communities with the scenic and unique ecological wonders of San Francisco Bay. Participants are encouraged to enjoy the Bay and feel inspired to protect this natural, local resource through immersive, Bay-themed educational and recreational activities, such as kayaking, hiking and bird watching. The celebration is done to inspire people to help restore the shoreline or participate in local community events and explore the San Francisco Bay.

Supporters and community partners have joined together to protect, restore and celebrate the beautiful Bay. Visit for a list of Bay Day events or to host an event.

2017 Community Development Block Grant
Notice of Available Funding

The 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Notice of Available Funding (NOFA)  was released.  Applications are due  Friday, December 1, 2017 at 5 p.m .
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has scheduled application training workshops for applicants in September and October 2017. The workshop schedule will be sent to those subscribed to the Department's CDBG mailing list

For more information and application forms please visit the  NOFA webpage  or
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New E-mail Addresses for ABAG and MTC

The staffs of ABAG and MTC have consolidated and e-mails for both organizations were changed to  with first initial and last name, i.e., . Please add contacts to your address book. You will still be able to reach staff at the old addresses in the interim.
September - October  2017

CASA Technical Committee
9/27 @ 9 :30 a.m. Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, Yerba Buena Room, San Francisco

CASA Steering Committee
9/27 @ 12:30 Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, Yerba Buena Room, San Francisco

Energy Planning: Implementing Microgrids as a Resilience Strategy  Workshop
9/28 @ 10 a.m.,Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, Yerba Buena Room, San Francisco

Regional Planning Committee
10/4 @ noon., Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, Yerba Buena Conference Room, San Francisco

Finance Authority Executive Committee
10/4 @ 10:30 a.m., Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, Room 8302 (Tomales), San Francisco

State of the Estuary Conference
10/10 and 10/11 @ 9 a.m., Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Dr, Oakland

Bay Area Regional Planning Directors (BAPDA) Fall Meeting
10/13, 8:30 a.m., Nile Hall Preservation Park, 669 13th Street, Oakland

ABAG POWER Board Meeting
10/26 @ 11 a.m., Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, Yerba Buena Room, San Francisco

Meetings in the Board Room 
 at 375 Beale Street are live streamed and webcast at